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Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder and One Man's Fight for Justice

Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder and One Man's Fight for Justice

Written by Bill Browder

Narrated by Adam Grupper


Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder and One Man's Fight for Justice

Written by Bill Browder

Narrated by Adam Grupper

ratings:
5/5 (173 ratings)
Length:
14 hours
Released:
Feb 3, 2015
ISBN:
9781490657523
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Editor's Note

Real-life heroism…

Written like a gripping thriller novel, Browder’s account of exposing deep corruption in Russia and his unfailing will to fight against Putin’s regime proves that sometimes fact is far stranger than fiction.

Description

November 2009. An emaciated young lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, is led to a freezing isolation cell in a Moscow prison, handcuffed to a bed rail, and beaten to death by eight police officers. His crime? To testify against the Russian Interior Ministry officials who were involved in a conspiracy to steal $230 million of taxes paid to the state by one of the world’s most successful hedge funds. Magnitsky’s brutal killing has remained uninvestigated and unpunished to this day. His farcical posthumous show-trial brought Putin's regime to a new low in the eyes of the international community. Red Notice is a searing expose of the wholesale whitewash by Russian authorities of Magnitsky’s imprisonment and murder, slicing deep into the shadowy heart of the Kremlin to uncover its sordid truths. Bill Browder – the hedge fund manager who employed Magnitsky – takes us on his explosive journey from the heady world of finance in New York and London in the 1990s, through his battles with ruthless oligarchs in the turbulent landscape of post-Soviet Union Moscow, to his expulsion from Russia on Putin’s orders. Browder’s graphic portrait of the Russian government as a criminal enterprise wielding all the power of a sovereign state illuminates his personal transformation from financier to human rights activist, campaigning for justice for his late lawyer and friend. With fraud, bribery, corruption and torture exposed at every turn,Red Notice is a shocking but true political roller-coaster that plays out in the highest echelons of Western power.
Released:
Feb 3, 2015
ISBN:
9781490657523
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook

About the author

Bill Browder, founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, was the largest foreign investor in Russia until 2005. Since 2009, when his lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, was murdered in prison after uncovering a $230 million fraud committed by Russian government officials, Browder has been leading a campaign to expose Russia’s endemic corruption and human rights abuses. Before founding Hermitage, Browder was vice president at Salomon Brothers. He holds a BA in economics from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Stanford Business School.


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  • (5/5)
    An extraordinary work that ought to be read by anyone who is affected by the international politics of today (who isn't?) and especially by anyone who wants to understand what goes on between the U.S. and Russia. For one thing, that infamous Trump Tower meeting of June 2016 (not mentioned in this 2015 book) takes on a great deal more meaning than might appear on the surface. Russian adoptions? Yes, in fact that is a real issue, and tied to a much greater one: the Magnitsky Act of 2012.A complex, baffling, and profoundly corrupt system is exposed to light by the man behind the Magnitsky Act--the single greatest deterrent to the threat and punishment for the fact of Russia's ongoing depredations in the world. American-born Browder recounts how he became the biggest capitalist in post-Soviet Russia, how the Russian government worked to destroy him, and how the torture and death of his honest Russian lawyer led to a global movement to prevent Putin's regime from enjoying the fruits of its criminal enterprises.Why has Vladimir Putin called out one man, author Bill Browder, by name? This astonishing and moving story traces how Browder went from billionaire investor in an emerging Russian economy to human rights activist and major thorn in Putin's side. Whoever reads this book is in some small way joining hands in a protective screen around the author.I think everyone should read it.
  • (5/5)
    Crazy that this is a true story! Hard to put down - a must read if you want more insight into Russia and how things work in Putin's world. Very interested in all things Browder now!
  • (5/5)
    One can't make this stuff up.....one of the reasons I LOVE reading and learning about Russia!!
  • (4/5)
    Recently, the news is filled with theories about Trump, Russia, and an obscure law called the Magnitsky Act. If you're curious about this law and how it relates to US relations with Russia, then Read. This. Book! It's well-written and has a fast plot, and immensely readable for non-fiction. This also makes a great book for a book club discussion - definitely recommended.
  • (5/5)
    This was an excellent book. It is a shame that Mr. Browder has to watch his back for the rest of his life.
  • (5/5)
    Well read, this novel is a true eye-opener. Let's hope Bill Browder lives to a nice old age and dies of natural causes. Bill's a very patriotic man and loyal to his causes. This novel reveals a lot about both Russia and America and how their systems function. Brilliant true story. Well worth reading/listening to.
  • (5/5)
    An informative and exciting read. I enjoyed it very much.
  • (4/5)
    A very eye opening and concerning story about life in Russia
  • (5/5)
    One of the best books I’ve listened to in a while. It provides context to current events, but remains riveting all the while.
  • (5/5)
    True story that exposes exactly how the Russian government is just a collection of thugs and goons. And a story of friendship and justice!
  • (5/5)
    Couldn’t stop listening to this book on subway and before bed!
  • (5/5)
    A book everyone should read. Real eye opener about Russian administration. A true story of extraordinary patriotism, determination and pursuit for justice with no limits and no stone unturned.

  • (4/5)
    The last half of the story. The history of his business in Russia was interesting but I began to think where is this going and do I care. It is difficult to muster sympathy for a hedge fund having problems but then the mystery of why comes in. I struggled to understand the complicated deceptive transactions that were going on behind the scenes by the police but the results changed the focus and the lives of families and the brave individuals who exposed it.
  • (5/5)
    Really enjoyed this book. I didn't find it tedious at all even when 14hrs length may seem intimidating
  • (5/5)
    If it were written as a novel, this book would be classified as too far fetched. The fact that this is a true story is just incredible. Those Russians, policemen and public servants ruin so many lives so that they can wallow in the money they have stolen: there really isn't a word to describe such people.

    Putin looms large in this book and in the end, without justifying anything he says or does, has to be on the receiving end of so many lies from his minions. Putin cannot be fully informed and behave the way he does. Unless, of course, he is a mad and evil bastard.

    The reading was excellent, too.
  • (5/5)
    Not often I binge listen to 44 Chapters. But this was that good ?
  • (5/5)
    Truly excellent book. Well worth the read/listen. From finance at the beginning to human rights and justice at the end.
  • (5/5)
    Really good story. Went from financially interesting to humanitarian, enjoyable read about the chaos that can still exist in Some parts of the world today
  • (5/5)
    Excellently written, moving, hopeful story of ordinary heroism. Highly recommended.
  • (5/5)
    Absolutely riveting, heart wrenching true story that reads like a novel. Please read this and keep the fight on.
  • (5/5)
    Brilliant! Filled with a deep sense of purpose. One mans quest for self fulfillment through the treacherous world of global markets, transitions into trying to save the life of an innocent man as he is brutally tortured under the communist rule of Putin.
  • (5/5)
    A must read. Very well written. Important information on about government, especially corruption in Russia.
    Human rights are worth fighting for.
  • (5/5)
    “Russian Business culture is closer to that of a prison yard than anything else. In prison, all you have is your reputation. Your position is hard-earned and it is not relinquished easily. When someone is crossing the yard coming for you, you cannot stand idly by. You have to kill him before he kills you. If you don’t and if you manage to survive the attack, you’ll be deemed weak and before you know it, you will have lost your respect and become someone’s bitch. This is the calculus that every oligarch and every Russian politician goes through every day.” P 125Absolutely compelling. Having no financial background, I had no idea that a book written about the author’s experiences with hedge funds in Russia could be so fascinating. It gives an important look into Putin, the oligarchs and Russia today. Although President Trump is not mentioned in the book, I believe it helps explain our current administration’s very troubling attitude toward Russia. If I were to make a list of contemporary books that everyone should read, this one would be on it.
  • (5/5)
    Riveting story about high finance murder and life in Russia.
  • (4/5)
    If you ever wondered just how corrupt the current Putin government is, you must read this book. It details the story of Bill Browder, an American born and educated financial investor who discovers early on in post communist Russia, that there is a huge market for foreign investment. He establishes the Hermitage fund and searches out undervalued oil and gas stocks and makes a lot of money for his investors. Eventually his above board methods draw the attention of the oligarchs and Russian mafia who set out to steal his investments through fraudulent means and with the cooperation of the Putin government. Very well told and detailed. Browder ends up as an advocate for Human rights in the Soviet Union because of the death of one of his employees at the hands of government officials.RecommendedSent from my iPad
  • (4/5)
    Fascinating memoir that reals like an international spy thriller. The last chapter is worth the price of the book. You really feel the authors devastation about what happened, yet you can see how it changed him into a better man, willing to fight injustice. Appalled at the mass corruption throughout all levels of government and law enforcement in Russia (yes it happens in every country, I am not that naive) but wow, not sure to this extent. (ok maybe I am a little naive) Highly recommend
  • (4/5)
    This is the story of one man's 25-year journey from Stanford Business School to ultra-successful hedge fund manager to human rights activist. This is also the story of one particularly brave Russian lawyer who made the ultimate sacrifice in his fight for justice. Although (in my opinion) no government is completely free of corruption, Bill Browder lays out in excruciating and heartbreaking detail the extent of corruption, lawlessness, and human rights abuses in today's Russia. Browder strongly believes that Vladimir Putin or members of his regime will have him killed one day. Once you read this book, you will understand why Browder's fear is very much justified, and why we should all be worried.
  • (2/5)
    There is a great story in here. Clearly, Mr. Browder has encountered the financial highs and corruption lows of Russia as the country emerged from communism to the capitalist dream of privatization and dropped into the abyss of a totalitarian oligarchy.As gifted as Mr. Browser is as a humanitarian and financier, it's nearly impossible to write an enjoyable autobiography. It's too personal and too biased. I kept imagining how Michael Lewis or Bethany McLean would have turned the story into a great book.
  • (5/5)
    I loved Red Notice. Browder knows how to tell a story, and he has an amazing story to tell. I gained a deeper understanding of Russia's criminal operations that go straight to Putin. Also how investment bankers operate. Some of the best parts are in the early chapters when Browder discovers investing in Russia. There is a great lesson here, if you don't know something go knock on doors and ask, people will often freely talk. This book has changed my perspective on Russia and global investing. It's powerful, entertaining and ultimately humanitarian.
  • (4/5)

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    I was skeptical when this book was chosen for my book group. Subtitled, “A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice,” this is not my usual genre. So I was surprised when I found myself caught up in a fast-paced thriller that was hard to put down. Browder left Wall Street for Russia just after the fall of the Soviet Union. He was young, brash, savvy, and in the right place at the right time, taking advantage of Russian economic conditions to create an enormously successful hedge fund. But after exposing Russian corruption, Browder found himself on the wrong side of the government, up to and including Vladimir Putin. As the situation escalated, a member of Browder’s team was arrested and ultimately murdered. Shaken to the core, Browder redirected his personal energy towards relentless pursuit of justice. The workings of Putin’s regime are legendary and yet also masked by confusing intrigue. Red Notice makes it clear that what occasionally appears in the news is not just the stuff of legend, but something very real. And while Browder doesn’t seem like the kind of guy I’d like to hang out with in real life (too much raw ambition), I couldn’t help but admire the ways he used his power and reputation to investigate the Russian government, gain access to US and UK government decision-makers, and work the diplomatic and legal systems to achieve his goals. But at the same time, he lives in a constant state of danger and takes countermeasures to ensure his own security, including publishing this book. As he wrote, “If I’m killed, you will know who did it.” While that statement took my breath away, it also gave me a new respect for those who risk their lives to fight wrongdoing.

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