I just ran across this and am filled with admiration for this man’s steel spine. Bill Browder is the man Putin seems to want to get his hands on more than any other, so much so that he asked Drumpf for him by name. I urge you to read the full article (all written by him). Here are a few excerpts (the last paragraph in the article, not part of these excerpts, is worthy of a wry grin):
Putin offered to allow American investigators to interview the 12 Russian intelligence agents just indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in exchange for allowing Russians to have access to me and those close to me. This is no idle threat. For the last ten years, I’ve been trying to avoid getting killed by Putin’s regime, and there already exists a trail of dead bodies connected to its desire to see me dead. Amazingly, Trump stood next to him, appearing to nod approvingly. He even later said that he considered it “an incredible offer.”
I’m lodged so firmly under Putin’s skin because I’m the person responsible for getting the Magnitsky Act passed in the United States in 2012. This is a law that allows the U.S. government to freeze assets and ban visas of human-rights violators around the world. Some of these human-rights violators had killed Sergei Magnitsky, my Russian lawyer who was murdered in a Moscow jail for uncovering a massive $230 million government-corruption scheme that we’ve since traced to known Putin cronies. In essence, Putin received some of the proceeds of this crime, and he is terrified that the Magnitsky Act could be applied to his offshore fortune, which is probably one of the largest amassed in modern times.
Read the rest here (and find that wry grin-inducing last paragraph):
Note: I had to abbreviate the word “through” to “thru” to make the full title fit.
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