Bill Browder chats to us about how has the situation has changed in Russia since it invaded Ukraine, whether he thinks the Yevgeny Prigozhin mutiny was always destined to fail and if Ukrainians are going to be able to capitalise on the situation.
Bill Browder is the CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, Head of the Global Magnitsky Justice Campaign and author of Red Notice. He was the largest foreign investor in Russia until 2005, when he was denied entry to the country for exposing corruption in Russian state-owned companies. In 2008, his lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, uncovered a massive fraud committed by Russian government officials and testified against them but was subsequently arrested, imprisoned without trial and systematically tortured until he died. Since then, Bill Browder has sought justice outside of Russia and started a global campaign for governments around the world to sanction human rights abusers and corrupt officials. The United States passed the Sergei Magnitsky Accountability Act in 2012, followed by the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act in 2016. Since then, Canada, the UK, the Baltic states, the EU, and most recently Australia have passed their own versions of the Magnitsky Act.
Interview by CVHF volunteer, Ben Marvell.