William 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.
Following his explosive international bestseller Red Notice, Bill Browder will relate how he became Vladimir Putin's number one enemy by exposing Putin's campaign to steal and launder hundreds of billions of dollars and kill anyone who stands in his way. When his Russian lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, was beaten to death in a Moscow jail, Browder made it his life's mission to go after his killers by uncovering who was behind the $230 million tax refund scheme that Magnitsky was killed over. This revealed that Putin himself was a beneficiary of the crime. As law enforcement agencies began freezing the money, Putin retaliated.