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William “Bill” Browder has been a figure of some prominence on the world scene for the past decade. A few months back, Der Spiegel published a major exposé on him and the case of Sergei Magnitsky but the mainstream media completely ignored this report and so aside from Germany few people are aware of Browder’s background and the Magnitsky issue which resulted in sanctions on Russia.

Browder had gone to Moscow in 1996 to take advantage of the privatization of state companies by Russian President Boris Yeltsin. Browder founded Hermitage Capital Management, a Moscow investment firm registered in offshore Guernsey in the Channel Islands. For a time, it was the largest foreign investor in Russian securities. Hermitage Capital Management was rated as extremely successful after earning almost 3,000 percent in its operations between 1996 and December 2007.

During the corrupt Yeltsin years, with his business partner’s US $25 million, Browder amassed a fortune. Profiting from the large-scale privatizations in Russia from 1996 to 2006 his Hermitage firm eventually grew to $4.5 billion.

When Browder encountered financial difficulties with Russian authorities he portrayed himself as an anti-corruption activist and became the driving force behind the Magnitsky Act, which resulted in economic sanctions aimed at Russian officials. However, an examination of Browder’s record in Russia and his testimony in court cases reveals contradictions with his statements to the public and Congress, and raises questions about his motives in attacking corruption in Russia.

Although he has claimed that he was an ‘activist shareholder’ and campaigned for Russian companies to adopt Western-style governance, it has been reported that he cleverly destabilized companies he was targeting for takeover. Canadian blogger Mark Chapman has revealed that after Browder would buy a minority share in a company he would resort to lawsuits against this company through shell companies he controlled. This would destabilize the company with charges of corruption and insolvency. To prevent its collapse the Russian government would intervene by injecting capital into it, causing its stock market to rise—with the result that Browder’s profits would rise exponentially.

Later, through Browder’s Russian-registered subsidiaries, his accountant Magnitsky acquired extra shares in Russian gas companies such as Surgutneftegaz, Rosneft and Gazprom. This procedure enabled Browder’s companies to pay the residential tax rate of 5.5% instead of the 35% that foreigners would have to pay.

However, the procedure to bypass the Russian presidential decree that banned foreign companies and citizens from purchasing equities in Gazprom was an illegal act. Because of this and other suspected transgressions, Magnitsky was interrogated in 2006 and later in 2008. Initially he was interviewed as a suspect and then as an accused. He was then arrested and charged by Russian prosecutors with two counts of aggravated tax evasion committed in conspiracy with Bill Browder in respect of Dalnyaya Step and Saturn, two of Browder’s shell companies to hold shares that he bought. Unfortunately, in 2009 Magnitsky died in pre-trial detention because of a failure by prison officials to provide prompt medical assistance.

Browder has challenged this account and for years he has maintained that Magnitsky’s arrest and death were a targeted act of revenge by Russian authorities against a heroic anti-corruption activist.

It’s only recently that Browder’s position was challenged by the European Court of Human Rights who in its ruling on August 27, 2019 concluded that Magnitsky’s “arrest was not arbitrary, and that it was based on reasonable suspicion of his having committed a criminal offence.” And as such “The Russians had good reason to arrest Sergei Magnitsky for Hermitage tax evasion.”

“The Court observes that the inquiry into alleged tax evasion, resulting in the criminal proceedings against Mr Magnitskiy, started in 2004, long before he complained that prosecuting officials had been involved in fraudulent acts.”

Prior to Magnitsky’s arrest, because of what Russia considered to be questionable activities, Browder had been refused entry to Russia in 2005. However, he did not take lightly his rebuff by the post-Yeltsin Russian government under Vladimir Putin. As succinctly expressed by Professor Halyna Mokrushyna at the University of Ottawa:

[Browder] began to engage in a worldwide campaign against the Russian authorities, accusing them of corruption and violation of human rights. The death of his accountant and auditor Sergei Magnitsky while in prison became the occasion for Browder to launch an international campaign presenting the death as a ruthless silencing of an anti-corruption whistleblower. But the case of Magnitsky is anything but.

Despite Brower’s claims that Magnitsky died as a result of torture and beatings, authentic documents and testimonies show that Magnitsky died because of medical neglect – he was not provided adequate treatment for a gallstone condition. It was negligence typical at that time of prison bureaucracy, not a premeditated killing. Because of the resulting investigation, many high level functionaries in the prison system were fired or demoted.

For the past ten years Browder has maintained that Magnitsky was tortured and murdered by prison guards. Without any verifiable evidence he has asserted that Magnitsky was beaten to death by eight riot guards over 1 hour and 18 minutes. This was never corroborated by anybody, including by autopsy reports. It was even denied by Magnitsky’s mother in a video interview.

Nevertheless, on the basis of his questionable beliefs, he has carried on a campaign to discredit and vilify Russia and its government and leaders.

In addition to the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights, Browder’s basic underlying beliefs and assumptions are being seriously challenged. Very recently, on May 5, 2020, an American investigative journalist, Lucy Komisar, published an article with the heading Forensic photos of Magnitsky show no marks on torso:

On Fault Lines today I revealed that I have obtained never published forensic photos of the body of Sergei Magnitsky, William Browder’s accountant, that show not a mark on his torso. Browder claims he was beaten to death by prison guards. Magnitsky died at 9:30pm Nov 16, 2009, and the photos were taken the next day.

Later in her report she states:

I noted on the broadcast that though the photos and documents are solid, several dozen U.S. media – both allegedly progressive and mainstream — have refused to publish this information. And if that McCarthyite censorship continues, the result of rampant fear-inducing Russophobia, I will publish it and the evidence on this website.

Despite evidence such as this, till this day Browder maintains that Sergei Magnitsky was beaten to death with rubber batons. It’s this narrative that has attracted the attention of the US Congress, members of parliament, diplomats and human rights activists. To further refute his account, a 2011 analysis by the Physicians for Human Rights International Forensics Program of documents provided by Browder found no evidence he was beaten to death.

In his writings, as supposed evidence, Browder provides links to two untranslated Russian documents. They were compiled immediately after Magnitsky died on November 16, 2009. Recent investigative research has revealed that one of these appears to be a forgery. The first document D309 states that shortly before Magnitsky’s death: “Handcuffs were used in connection with the threat of committing an act of self-mutilation and suicide, and that the handcuffs were removed after thirty minutes.” To further support this, a forensic review states that while in the prison hospital “Magnitsky exhibited behavior diagnosed as “acute psychosis” by Dr. A. V. Gaus at which point the doctor ordered Mr. Magnitsky to be restrained with handcuffs.”

The second document D310 is identically worded to D309 except for a change in part of the preceding sentence. The sentence in D309 has the phrase special means were” is changed in D310 to “a rubber baton was.”

As such, while D309 is perfectly coherent, in D310 the reference to a rubber baton makes no sense whatsoever, given the title and text it shares with D309. This and other inconsistences, including signatures on these documents, make it apparent that D310 was copied from D309 and that D310 is a forgery. Furthermore, there is no logical reason for two almost identical reports to have been created, with only a slight difference in one sentence. There is no way of knowing who forged it and when, but this forged document forms a major basis for Browder’s claim that Magnitsky was clubbed to death.

The fact that there is no credible evidence to indicate that Magnitsky was subjected to a baton attack, combined with forensic photos of Magnitsky’s body shortly after death that show no marks on it, provides evidence that appears to repudiate Browder’s decade-long assertions that Magnitsky was viciously murdered while in jail.

With evidence such as this, it repeatedly becomes clear that Browder’s narrative contains mistakes and inconsistencies that distort the overall view of the events leading to Magnitsky’s death.

Despite Magnitsky’s death the case against him continued in Russia and he was found guilty of corruption in a posthumous trial. Actually, the trial’s main purpose was to investigate alleged fraud by Bill Browder, but to proceed with this they had to include the accountant Magnitsky as well. The Russian court found both of them guilty of fraud. Afterwards, the case against Magnitsky was closed because of his death.

After Browder was refused entry to Russia in November of 2005, he launched a campaign insisting that his departure from Russia resulted from his anti-corruption activities. However, the real reason for the cancellation of his visa that he never mentions is that in 2003 a Russian provincial court had convicted Browder of evading $40 million in taxes. In addition, his illegal purchases of shares in Gazprom through the use of offshore shell companies were reportedly valued at another $30 million, bringing the total figure of tax evasion to $70 million.

It’s after this that the Russian federal government next took up the case and initially went after Magnitsky, the accountant who carried out Browder’s schemes.

But back in the USA Browder portrayed himself as the ultimate truth-teller, and embellished his tale by asserting that Sergei Magnitsky was a whistleblowing “tax lawyer,” rather than one of Browder’s accountants implicated in tax fraud. As his case got more involved, he presented a convoluted explanation that he was not responsible for bogus claims made by his companies. This is indeed an extremely complicated matter and as such only a summary of some of this will be presented.

The essence of the case is that in 2007 three shell companies that had once been owned by Browder were used to claim a $232 million tax refund based on trumped-up financial loses. Browder has stated that the companies were stolen from him, and that in a murky operation organized by a convicted fraudster, they were re-registered in the names of others. There is evidence however that Magnitsky and Browder may have been part of this convoluted scheme.

Browder’s main company in Russia was Hermitage Capital Management, and associated with this firm were a large number of shell companies, some in the Russian republic of Kalmykia and some in the British Virgin Islands. A law firm in Moscow, Firestone Duncan, owned by Americans, did the legal work for Browder’s Hermitage. Sergei Magnitsky was one of the accountants for Firestone Duncan and was assigned to work for Hermitage.

An accountant colleague of Magnitsky’s at Firestone Duncan, Konstantin Ponomarev, was interviewed in 2017 by Lucy Komisar, an investigative journalist, who was doing research on Browder’s operations in Russia. In the ensuing report on this, Komisar states:

“According to Ponomarev, the firm – and Magnitsky — set up an offshore structure that Russian investigators would later say was used for tax evasion and illegal share purchases by Hermitage. . .

the structure helped Browder execute tax-evasion and illegal share purchase schemes.

“He said the holdings were layered to conceal ownership: The companies were “owned” by Cyprus shells Glendora and Kone, which, in turn, were “owned” by an HSBC Private Bank Guernsey Ltd trust. Ponomarev said the real owner was Browder’s Hermitage Fund. He said the structure allowed money to move through Cyprus to Guernsey with little or no taxes paid along the way. Profits could get cashed out in Guernsey by investors of the Hermitage Fund and HSBC.

“Ponomarev said that in 1996, the firm developed for Browder ‘a strategy of how to buy Gazprom shares in the local market, which was restricted for foreign investors.’”

In the course of their investigation, on June 2, 2007, Russian tax investigators raided the offices of Hermitage and Firestone Duncan. They seized Hermitage company documents, computers and corporate stamps and seals. They were looking for evidence to support Russian charges of tax evasion and illegal purchase of shares of Gazprom.

In a statement to US senators on July 27, 2017, Browder stated that Russian interior ministry officials “seized all the corporate documents connected to the investment holding companies of the funds that I advised. I didn’t know the purpose of these raids so I hired the smartest Russian lawyer I knew, a 35-year-old named Sergei Magnitsky. I asked Sergei to investigate the purpose of the raids and try to stop whatever illegal plans these officials had.”

Contrary to what Browder claims, Magnitsky had been his accountant for a decade. He had never acted as a lawyer, nor did he have the qualifications to do so. In fact in 2006 when questioned by Russian investigators, Magnitsky said he was an auditor on contract with Firestone Duncan. In Browder’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2017 he claimed Magnitsky was his lawyer, but in 2015 in his testimony under oath in the US government’s Prevezon case, Browder told a different story, as will now be related.

On Browder’s initiative, in December 2012 he presented documents to the New York District Attorney alleging that a Russian company Prevezon had “benefitted from part of the $230 million dollar theft uncovered by Magnitsky and used those funds to buy a number of luxury apartments in Manhattan.” In September 2013, the New York District Attorney’s office filed money-laundering charges against Prevezon. The company hired high-profile New York-based lawyers to defend themselves against the accusations.

As reported by Der Spiegel, Browder would not voluntarily agree to testify in court so Prevezon’s lawyers sent process servers to present him with a subpoena, which he refused to accept and was caught on video literally running away. In March 2015, the judge in the Prevezon case ruled that Browder would have to give testimony as part of pre-trial discovery. Later while in court and under oath and confronted with numerous documents, Browder was totally evasive. Lawyer Mark Cymrot spent six hours examining him, beginning with the following exchange:

Cymrot asked: Was Magnitsky a lawyer or a tax expert?

He was “acting in court representing me,” Browder replied.

And he had a law degree in Russia?

“I’m not aware he did.”

Did he go to law school?

“No.”

How many times have you said Mr. Magnitsky is a lawyer? Fifty? A hundred? Two hundred?

“I don’t know.”

Have you ever told anybody that he didn’t go to law school and didn’t have a law degree?

“No.”

Critically important, during the court case, the responsible U.S. investigator admitted during questioning that his findings were based exclusively on statements and documents from Browder and his team. Under oath, Browder was unable to explain how he and his people managed to track the flow of money and make the accusation against Prevezon. In his 2012 letter that launched the court case, Browder referred to “corrupt schemes” used by Prevezon, but when questioned under oath he admitted he didn’t know of any. In fact, to almost every question put forth by Mark Cymrot, Browder replied that he didn’t know or didn’t remember.

The case finally ended in May 2017 when the two sides reached a settlement. Denis Katsyv, the company’s sole shareholder, on a related matter agreed to pay nearly six million dollars to the US government, but would not have to admit any wrongdoing. Also the settlement contained an explicit mention that neither Katsyv nor his company Prevezon had anything to do with the Magnitsky case. Afterwards, one of Katsyv’s, lawyers, Natalia Veselnitskaya, exclaimed: “For the first time, the U.S. recognized that the Russians were in the right!”

A major exposé of the Browder-Russia story is presented in a film that came out in June 2016 The Magnitsky Act: Behind the Scenes by the well-known independent filmmaker Andrei Nekrasov. Reference to this film will be made later but to provide a summary of the Browder tax evasion case some critical information can be obtained from a report by Eric Zuesse, an investigative historian, who managed to get a private viewing of the film by the film’s Production Manager.

In the film Nekrasov proceeds to unravel Browder’s story, which was designed to conceal his own corporate responsibility for the criminal theft of the money. As Browder’s widely accepted story collapses, Magnitsky is revealed not to be a whistleblower but a likely abettor to the fraud who died in prison not from an official assassination but from banal neglect of his medical condition. The film cleverly allows William Browder to self-destruct under the weight of his own lies and the contradictions in his story-telling at various times.

Following the raid by tax officials on the Moscow Hermitage office on June 2, 2007, nothing further on these matters was reported until April 9, 2008 when Ms Rimma Starlova, the figurehead director of the three supposedly stolen Browder shell companies, filed a criminal complaint with the Russian Interior Ministry in Kazan accusing representatives of Browder companies of the theft of state funds, i.e., $232 million in a tax-rebate fraud. Although Hermitage was aware of this report they kept quiet about it because they claimed it as a false accusation against themselves.

On September 23, 2008, there was a news report about a theft of USD 232 million from the Russian state treasury, and the police probe into it. On October 7, 2008, Magnitsky was questioned by tax investigators about the $232 million fraud because he was the accountant for Browder’s companies.

The central issue was that during September of 2007 three of Browder’s shell companies had changed owners and that afterwards fraud against Russian treasury had been conducted by the new owners of these companies.

According to Magnitsky the way that ownership changed was through powers of attorney. This is a matter that Browder never mentioned. The Nekrasov film shows a document: “Purchase agreement … based on this power of attorney, Gasanov represents Glendora Holdings Ltd.” Glendora Holdings is another shell company owned by Browder. This shows that Gasanov, the middleman, had the power of attorney connecting the new nominees to the real beneficiaries. However, Gasanov could not be questioned on whose orders he was doing this because shortly afterwards, he mysteriously died. No one proved that it was murder, but if that death was a coincidence, it wasn’t the only one.

During September 2007 the three Hermitage shell companies, Rilend, Parfenion and Mahaon, were re-registered by Gasanov to a company called Pluton that was registered in Kazan, and owned by Viktor Markelov, a Russian citizen with a criminal record. Markelov through a series of sham arbitration judgments conducted fake lawsuits that demanded damages for alleged contract violations. Once the damages were paid, in December 2007 the companies filed for tax refunds that came to $232 million. These were taxes that had been paid by these companies in 2006.

On February 5, 2008 the Investigative Committee of the Russian General Prosecutor’s Office opened a criminal case to investigate the fraud committed by Markelov and other individuals.

Markelov had hired a Moscow lawyer, Andrey Pavlov, to conduct these complex operations. Afterwards Pavlov was questioned by Russian authorities and revealed what had happened. Markelov was convicted and sentenced to five years for the scam. At his trial Markelov testified that he was not in possession of the $232 million tax refund and that he did not know the identity of the client who would benefit from the refund scheme. And till this day no one knows! However, Russian tax authorities suspect it is William Browder.

At his trial, Markelov testified that one of the people he worked with to secure the fraudulent tax refund was Sergei Leonidovich. Magnitsky’s full name was Sergei Leonidovich Magnitsky. Also when questioned by the police, Markelov named Browder’s associates Khairetdinov and Kleiner as people involved in the company’s re-registration.

So this provides evidence that Magnitsky and Browder’s other officials were involved in the re-registration scheme – which Browder later called theft. In his film Nekrasov states that Browder’s team had set things up to look as if outsiders — not Browder’s team — had transferred the assets.

According to Nekrasov’s film documentation, Russian courts have established that it was the representatives of the Hermitage investment fund who had themselves voluntarily re-registered the Makhaon, Parfenion and Rilend companies in the name of other individuals, a fact that Mr Browder is seeking to conceal by shifting the blame, without any foundation, onto the law enforcement agencies of the Russian Federation.

Indeed there is cause to be skeptical of the Browder narrative, and that the fraud was in fact concocted by Browder and his accountant Magnitsky. A Russian court has supported that alternative narrative, ruling in late December 2013 that Browder had deliberately bankrupted his company and engaged in tax evasion. On the basis of this he was sentenced to nine years prison in absentia.

In the meantime, over all these years, Browder has maintained and convinced the public at large that the $232 million fraud against the Russian treasury had been perpetrated by Magnitsky’s interrogators and Russian police. With respect to the “theft” of his three companies (or “vehicles as he refers to them) on September 16, 2008 he stated on his Hermitage website: “The theft of the vehicles was only possible using the vehicles’ original corporate documents seized by the Moscow Interior Ministry in its raid on Hermitage’s law firm in Moscow on 4 June 2007.”

As such, Browder is accusing Russian tax authorities and police for conducting this entire fraudulent operation.

In his film Nekrasov says that the Browder version is: “Yes, the crime took place [$232 million fraud against the public treasury but, according to Browder, actually against Browder’s firm], but somebody else did it — the police did it.”

In this convoluted tale, it should be recalled that the fraud against the Russian treasury had first been reported to the police by Rimma Starlova on April 9, 2008. This had been recorded on the Hermitage website. In preparing the material for his film, Nekrasov noted that

“In March 2009, Starlova’s report disappeared from Hermitage’s website. . . . This is the same time that Magnitsky started to be treated as an analyst . . . who discovered the $232 million fraud. Thus the Magnitsky-the-whistleblower story was born, almost a year after the matter had been reported to the police.”

Nekrasov’s film also undermines the basis of Browder’s case that Magnitsky had been killed by the police because he had accused two police officials, Karpov and Kuznetsov, but this is questionable since documents show Magnitsky had not accused anyone. As Nekrasov states in the film: “The problem is, he [Magnitsky] made no accusations. In that testimony, its record contains no accusations. … Mr. Magnitsky did not actually testify against the two officers [Karpov and Kuznetsov].” So this factual evidence should destroy Browder’s accusations.

It should be noted Magnitsky’s original interview with authorities was as a suspect, not a whistleblower. Also contradicting Browder’s claims, Nekrasov notes that Magnitsky does not even mention the names of the police officers in a key statement to authorities.

In his film Nekrasov includes an interview that he had with Browder regarding the issues about Magnitsky. Nekrasov confronts Browder with the core contradictions of his story. Incensed, Browder rises up and threatens the filmmaker:

Anybody who says that Sergei Magnitsky didn’t expose the crime before he was arrested is just trying to whitewash the Russian Government. … Are you trying to say that Pavel Karpov is innocent? I’d really be careful about your going out and saying that Magnitsky wasn’t a whistleblower. That’s not going to do well for your credibility.” Browder then walks off in a huff.

Nekrasov claims to be especially struck that the basis of Browder’s case — that Magnitsky had been killed by the police because he had accused two police officials, Karpov and Kuznetsov — is a lie because there is documentary evidence that Magnitsky had not accused anyone.

Because of Browder’s accusations, Nekrasov interviewed Pavel Karpov, the police officer who Browder accused of being involved in Magnitsky’s alleged murder, despite the fact that Karpov was not on duty the day Magnitsky died.

Karpov presents Nekrasov with documents that Browder’s case was built on. These original documents are actually fundamentally different from the way Browder had described them. This documentary evidence further exposes Browder’s story for what it is.

Nekrasov asks Karpov why Browder wants to demonize him. Karpov explains that he had pursued Browder in 2004 for tax evasion, so that seems to be the reason why Browder smears him. And then Karpov says, “Having made billions here, Browder forgot to tell how he did it. So it suits him to pose as a victim. He is wanted here, but Interpol is not looking for him.”

Afterwards in 2013, Karpov had tried to sue Browder for libel in a London court, but was not able to on the basis of procedural grounds since he was a resident of Russia and not the UK. However at the conclusion of the case, set out in his Judgment the presiding judge, Justice Simon, made some interesting comments.

“The causal link which one would expect from such a serious charge is wholly lacking; and nothing is said about torture or murder. In my view these are inadequate particulars to justify the charge that the Claimant was a primary or secondary party to Sergei Magnitsky’s torture and murder, and that he would continue to commit or ’cause’ murder, as pleaded in §60 of the Defence.

The Defendants have not come close to pleading facts which, if proved, would justify the sting of the libel.”

In other words – in plain English – in the judge’s view, Karpov was not in any sense party to Magnitsky’s death, and Browder’s claim that he was is not valid.

On the basis of the evidence that has been presented, it is undeniable that Browder’s case appears to be a total misrepresentation, not only of Magnitsky’s statements, but of just about everything else that’s important in the case .

On a separate matter, on April 15, 2015 in a New York court case involving the US government and a Russian company, Previzon Holdings, Bill Browder had been ordered by a judge to give a deposition to Prevezon’s lawyers.

Throughout this deposition, Browder (now under oath) contradicted virtually every aspect of his Magnitsky narrative and stated “I don’t recall” when pressed about key portions of his narrative that he had previously repeated unabashedly in his testimonies to Congress and interviews with Western media. Browder “remembered nothing” and could not even deny asking Magnitsky to take responsibility for his (Browder’s) crimes.

As a further example of Browder’s dishonesty, in one of his publications, he shows a photo of an alleged employee of Browder’s law firm, Firestone Duncan, named “Victor Poryugin” with vicious facial wounds from allegedly being tortured and beaten by police. However, the person shown was never with Browder’s firm. Instead, this is a photo of “an American human rights campaigner beaten up during a street protest in 1961.” It was Jim Zwerg, civil-rights demonstrator, during the 1960s, in the American South. Nekrasov was appalled and found it almost unimaginable that Browder would switch photos like that to demonize Russia and its police.

Browder was arrested by the Spanish police in June 2018. Even though Russia has on six occasions requested Browder’s arrest through Interpol for tax fraud, the Spanish national police determined that Browder had been detained in error because the international warrant was no longer valid and released him.

A further matter that reflects on his character, William Browder, the American-born co-founder of Hermitage Capital Management is now a British citizen. The US taxes offshore earnings, but the UK does not. Highly likely because of this, in 1998 he gave up his American citizenship and became a British citizen and thereby has avoided paying US taxes on foreign investments. Nevertheless, he still has his family home in Princeton, NJ and also owns a $11 million dollar vacation home in Aspen, Colorado.

To put this in political context, Browder’s narrative served a strong geopolitical purpose to demonize Russia at the dawn of the New Cold War. As such, Browder played a major role in this. In fact, the late celebrated American journalist Robert Parry thought that Browder single-handedly deserves much of the credit for the new Cold War.

Browder’s campaign was so effective that in December 2012 he exploited Congressional willingness to demonize Russia, and as a result the US Congress passed a bipartisan bill, the Magnitsky Act, which was then signed by President Obama. U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and John McCain were instrumental in pushing through the Magnitsky Act, based on Browder’s presentations.

However, key parts of the argument that passed into law in this act have been shown to be based on fraud and fabrication of ‘evidence.’ This bill blacklisted Russian officials who were accused of being involved in human-rights abuses.

In her analysis of the Magnitsky Act, Lucy Komisar, an investigative journalist, reveals a little known fact:

“A problem with the Magnitsky Act is that there is no due process. The targets are not told the evidence against them, they cannot challenge accusations or evidence in a court of law in order to get off the list. This “human rights law” violates the rule of law. There is an International Court with judges and lawyers to deal with human rights violators, but the US has not ratified its jurisdiction. Because it does not want to be subject to the rules it applies to others.”

In 2017, Congress passed the Global Magnitsky Act, which enables the U.S. to impose sanctions against Russia for human rights violations worldwide.

In a move that history will show to be ill-advised, on October 18, 2017 Canada’s Parliament and Senate unanimously approved Bill 226, a ‘Magnitsky Act.’ It mimics the US counterpart and targets Russia for further economic sanctions. Russia immediately denounced Canada’s actions as being counter-productive, pointless and reprehensible. Actually an act of this type had been opposed by Stéphane Dion while he was Canada’s minister of foreign affairs because he viewed it as a needless provocation against Russia. Dion also stated that adoption of a ‘Magnitsky Act’ would hurt the interests of Canadian businesses dealing with Russia and would thwart Canada’s attempt’s to normalize relations with Russia. However, Dion was replaced by Chrystia Freeland who immediately pushed this through. This is not surprising considering her well-documented Nazi family background and who is persona non grata in Russia.

A version of the Magnitsky Act was enacted in the UK and the Baltic republics in 1917.

In early 2020 a proposal to enact a version of the Magnitsky Act was presented to the Australian parliament and it is still under consideration. There has been considerable opposition to it including a detailed report by their Citizens Party, which exposes the full extent of Browder’s fraud and chicanery.

The investigation into Browder’s business activities in Russia is still an ongoing endeavour. On October 24, 2017 the

Russian Prosecutor General, Yuri Chaika, requested the US Attorney General Jeff Sessions to launch a probe into alleged tax evasion by Bill Browder, who in 2013 had already been sentenced in absentia to 9 years in prison in Russia for a similar crime.

Browder at that time was still being tried in Russia for suspected large-scale money laundering, also in absentia. Chaika added that Russian law enforcement possesses information that over $1 billion was illegally transferred from the country into structures connected with Bill Browder.

The Prosecutor General also asked Sessions to reconsider the Magnitsky Act. As he put it,

“… from our standpoint, the act was adopted for no actual reason, while it was lobbied by people who had committed crimes in Russia. In our view, there are grounds to claim that this law lacks real foundation and that its passing was prompted by criminals’ actions.”

It’s not known if Sessions ever responded to the Russian Prosecutor General. In any event, President Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions on November 7, 2018. As such it’s evident that Russia’s concerns about Browder’s dishonest activities are stymied.

Extensive reference has already been made to the film that came out in June 2016 The Magnitsky Act: Behind the Scenes by the independent filmmaker Andrei Nekrasov. When Nekrasov started the film he had fully believed Browder’s story but as he delved into what really happened, to his surprise, he discovered that the case documents and other incontrovertible facts revealed Browder to be a fraud and a liar. The ensuing film presents a powerful deconstruction of the Magnitsky myth, but because of Browder’s political connections and threats of lawsuits, the film has been blacklisted in the entire “free world.” So much for the “free world’s” freedom of the press and media. This film is not available on YouTube.

The documentary was set for a premiere at the European Parliament in Brussels in April 2016, but at the last moment – faced with Browder’s legal threats – the parliamentarians cancelled the showing.

There were hopes to show the documentary to members of Congress but the offer was rebuffed. Despite the frantic attempts by Browder’s lawyers to block this documentary film from being shown anywhere, Washington’s Newseum, to its credit, had a one-time showing on June 13, 2016, including a question-and-answer session with Andrei Nekrasov, moderated by journalist Seymour Hersh. Except for that audience, the public of the United States and Europe has been essentially shielded from the documentary’s discoveries, all the better for the Magnitsky myth to retain its power as a seminal propaganda moment of the New Cold War.

Nekrasov’s powerful deconstruction of the Magnitsky myth – and the film’s subsequent blacklisting throughout the “free world” – recall other instances in which the West’s propaganda lines don’t stand up to scrutiny, so censorship and ad hominem attacks become the weapons of choice to defend “perception management.”

Other than the New York Times that had a lukewarm review, the mainstream media condemned the film and its showing. As such, with the exception of that one audience, the public in the USA, Canada and Europe has been shielded from the documentary’s discoveries. The censorship of this film has made it a good example of how political and legal pressure can effectively black out what we used to call “the other side of the story.”

Andrei Nekrasov is still prepared to go to court to defend the findings of his film, but Bill Browder has refused to do this and simply keeps maligning the film and Mr. Nekrasov.

Recent Developments

Although for almost the past ten years Browder’s self-serving story had been accepted almost worldwide and served to help vilify Russia, in the past few months there has been an awakening to the true state of affairs about Browder.

The first such article “The Case of Sergei Magnitsky: Questions Cloud Story Behind U.S. Sanctions” written by Benjamin Bidder, a German journalist, appeared on November 26, 2019 in Der Spiegel. At the outset Bidder states:

“Ten years after his death, inconsistencies in Magnitsky’s story suggest he may not have been the hero many people — and Western governments — believed him to be. Did the perfidious conspiracy to murder Magnitsky ever really take place? Or is Browder a charlatan whose story the West was too eager to believe? The certainty surrounding the Magnitsky affair becomes muddled in the documents, particularly the clear division between good and evil. The Russian authorities’ take is questionable, but so is everyone else’s — including Bill Browder’s.

But with the Magnitsky sanctions, it could be that the activist Browder used a noble cause to manipulate Western governments.”

In summation, the article raises serious questions about many aspects of Browder’s account. It concluded that his narrative was riddled with lies and said Western nations have fallen for a “convenient” story made up by a “fraudster.

The report provoked Browder’s fury, and he swiftly filed a complaint against Der Spiegel with the German Press Council as well as a complaint to the editor of Der Spiegel.

On December 17, 2019 Der Spiegel responded: “Why DER SPIEGEL Stands Behind Its Magnitsky Reporting.” In a lengthy detailed response the journal rejects all aspects of Browder’s complaint. They point out the inconsistencies in Browder’s version of events and demonstrate that he is unable to present sufficient proof for his claims. They state: We believe his complaint has no basis and would like to review why we have considerable doubts about Browder’s story and why we felt it necessary to present those doubts publicly.”

Their report is highly enlightening and will have long-term consequences. It is one of the best refutations of Browder’s falsified accounts that led to the Magnitsky Act. It exposes Browder as a fraud and his Magnitsky story as a fake. Despite all this, this exposé was ignored in the mainstream media so most people are unaware of these revelations. A good review of it is presented by Lucy Komisar in her article The Der Spiegel exposé of Bill Browder, December 6, 2019.

The German Press Council rejected Browder’s complaint against Der Spiegel in January 2020 but Browder did not disclose this so it became known only in early May. Lucy Komisar reported this on May 12 and the main points of the Council’s rejection are presented in her account. Browder had complained that the article had serious factual errors. The Press Council stated that Browder’s position lacks proof and there could be no objection to Der Spiegel’s examination of events leading to Magnitsky’s death. All other Browder objections were rejected as well. In summation the Council stated: “Overall, we could not find a violation of journalistic principles.”

But the action of the press council has not been reported in the Canadian, U.S. or UK media. Nor was the November Der Spiegel report.

The German Press Council ruling follows a December 2019 Danish Press Board ruling against another Browder complaint over an article by a Danish financial news outlet, Finans.dk, on his tax evasion and invented Magnitsky story. Significantly, both the Danish and German cases involve mainstream media, which usually toe the US-UK-NATO strategic line against Russia, which Browder’s story serves. And these press complaint rulings follow a September 2019 European Court of Human Rights ruling that there was credible evidence that Magnitsky and Browder were engaged in a conspiracy to commit tax fraud and that Magnitsky was rightfully charged.

In summation, for ten years or more, no one in the West ever seriously challenged Bill Browder’s account of what happened to his “lawyer” Sergei Magnitsky and his stories of corruption and malfeasance in Russia. This is what allowed him to get such influence that the Magnitsky Act was passed, despite Russia’s attempts to clarify matters.

But when pressure was exerted on Germany to install a Magnitsky Act, one of their most influential journals Der Spiegel published an investigative bombshell picking apart Browder’s story about his auditor Sergei Magnitsky’s death. Browder immediately lashed out at Der Spiegel, accusing it of “misrepresenting the facts.” However, his outraged objections backfired and resulted in a further even more damaging Der Spiegel article and a rebuke from the German Press Council.

At long last, thanks to Der Spiegel, its investigative reports have effectively rejected and discredited Browder’s claim that Magnitsky was a courageous whistleblower who exposed corruption in Russia and was mercilessly killed by authorities out of revenge.

Despite this important and significant course of events, because of its imbedded Russophobia, the mainstream media have completely ignored the Der Spiegel exposé and almost nowhere has this been reported. To some extent this is because Browder has used his fortune to threaten lawsuits for anyone who challenges his version of events, effectively silencing many critics. Hence aside from people in Germany, this has been a non-event and the Browder hoax still prevails. Given this, it is important for us to publicize this revelation as best we can.

John Ryan, Ph.D. is a Retired Professor of Geography and Senior Scholar, University of Winnipeg

 
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  1. Vuki says:

    John, great article but we know that what you call “large-scale privatizations in Russia ” was a large scale robbery. Even Magnitsky’s mother stated that Browder is a fraud. Mr. Nekrasov whose film has been banned in many countries due to Browder’s legal challenges has a reputation as a Putin critic — After interviewing Mr. Browder in 2010 Nekrasov says he set out to make a “Magnitsky the hero” film. But as filming proceeded he “began to have doubts”. More accurate would be that he smelled a rat. John, I have read many of your articles you never disappoint with your research and evidence.

    • Agree: slorter
    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Saggy
    , @cammotheboyo
  2. Browder should be hauled into US jail for lobbying the government as a foreign citizen

  3. Outstanding article sir. I remember when Browder popped up in the news a couple of years ago and made TV appearances on all three big networks in the same day. I was astonished that this lowlife wielded such influence in America.

    Total and absolute corruption just like Weimer.

  4. “… smelled a rat …”

    Indeed – and very likely more than one! It should be obvious that the ease with which Browder (a complete nonentity) was able to get away with what he got away with in Russia and remain a virtually untouchable, protected free man to this day, in spite of the very significant evidence against him, would very much seem to indicate that he, much like Paul Bremer later in Iraq, was a tool of higher powers.

    • Agree: the shadow
  5. A plague on both your houses.

    • Replies: @Rev. Spooner
  6. Excellent article. There is a misperception that these pathological liars are believed, since their critics are silenced. It has been my experience that that is not the case. The pathological liars are not believed. They just keep lying, sabotaging, fining, legal system stalking, shouting down their oppenents, black listing those who doubt or know that they are lying as conspiracy theorists. I’ve been witnessing this for far to long. It is obviously not limited to the Magnitsky Act. This country is really nothing more than a sick joke at this point. These individuals do not behave like people. They behave like mercury poisoned monsters. Maybe they are. There is no logical excuse for this insanity. However, if they were mercury poisoned monsters, they would not all always have the same insane delusions. They are extremely corrupt sadistic terrorist criminal psychopaths that have destroyed America and the rest of the world too.

    They are not The Resistance, they are The Persistence! Something has to be done about them. Freedom of the press does not give people the freedom to deliberately lie. You may doubt that, however, slander, libel, and defamation of charcter suits will prove you to be wrong, in addition to providing false information that endangers human life and national security, in the case of a non person like covid that is being used to deprive people of every liberty and rights that exists, including life. They are terrorists. They cannot claim to be news journalists or investigative reporters if they simply say whatever their advertisers or the government tells them to say. If they are unable to get to the bottom of the story, when so many in the alternative media are, then they are either unqualified to do their jobs, or are simply full of shit.

    I really believe that the primary intention of covid and the response to it is to get people to voluntarily give up cell phones, particularly since 5-G is so hazardous. That way, the industries will never have to admit any wrong doing about the health hazards related to cell phones and Wi-Fi.That
    is what I believe. Also, you can be damn sure that the government and corporations do not like the fact that they can be embarrassed by people that they cannot prevent from embarrassing them without being accused of human rights abuses like vault7 technology.

    “Did they expect us to treat them with any respect?!” – Pink Floyd Fletcher Memorial Home For Incurable Tyants

    Knowing them, they probably did!

    • Replies: @DaveE
  7. Anon[268] • Disclaimer says:
    @Vuki

    I had at one time a copy of a book titled “The murder of Bill Browder” by an Eastern European journalist which I have, unfortunately, misplaced. As well as being an exposè of the nefarious Mr Browder it also exposes far more serious wrongdoing against him. This book has vanished from the Google search engine (I wonder why?) so if anyone can tell me where to get a copy i would really value it

    • Replies: @Chet Roman
    , @J'Accuse News
  8. An aptly titled must read:

    https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/harvard-boys-do-russia/

    While most American’s were distracted by the emerging World Wide Web, our elite were raping Russia. I’ll say it again, America’s “elite” raped Russia. In internet time twenty five years past puts you in prehistoric times. This is critical history that most of us missed, or more accurately wasn’t available—to the majority of us.

    This was the Clinton era—with just that you know this story can’t be good. With Slick Willie’s taste for skanks in a period where there is a story of beautiful impoverished young Russian women (teens likely) forming a line for one of our “elite” who was peeling off Benjamins for blowjobs in a club frequented by their foreign “advisors.” Yep, I’m sure this was of no interest to William Jefferson Blythe III.

    Harvard University was given a significant role in this “helping” of Russia (pardon the pun), due to the prestige of this institution, long-gone and unbeknownst to Russian elite, but hey they weren’t “connected” yet. Geez, sorry about your luck. The Harvard you got was the Harvard we’ve been getting also, a race privileged hot bed for educating global “rapists” (or was that Brandeis University I’m thinking of?). Six of one …

    William Browder is a highly educated Jew (not certain about either) who’s grandfather was Earl Browder, the former General Secretary of the CPUSA (that’s the “Communist Party of the United States of America” for those of you who didn’t know we had one). Bill Browder crowed about the irony in his grandfather being an activist for communism here in the U.S., while HE was an activist for capitalism in Russia! No, he was doing to Russia what Jews did to Russia when they hijacked the real Russian’s revolution—fucking them.

    Billy Browder’s book, “Red Notice,” seems at first heartfelt story from a genuine American do-gooder. Oops! I missed the “A true story … “ tip-off. It’s a self engrandizing fairy tale of a rapist’s plea of innocence because “she didn’t say NO.”

    There is MUCH more to this most interesting, world impacting historical event, that I believe is the most understated and least understood of the twentieth century, but that said, who fucked up? Certainly Yeltsin with his alcohol addled brain (likely rooted for by Russian Jews, who are the MOST notorious criminals world-wide) in trusting and believing America would help … Russia! More significantly I feel America did, big-time, for acting so damn un-American. Unfortunately the America I’m dreaming of is as long-gone as Harvard and now, like Harvard has a Zionist occupied governance (if you didn’t know what “ZOG” stood for). Come to think of it, we’re acting much like Israel. God save America!

    I can tell you one person who did not, Vladimir Ilyich Putin. Yeltsin threw Russia’s doors open to the west and Putin slammed them shut. You can quibble about how he got and keeps his office, or how he enriched himself through the process, but he had a job to do and he did it well—he saved Russia from what the west was going to continue doing to it. You may not agree with his ideology, but he is the most formidable leader the world has. I pray he leaves Russia and Russians in a better place than we’re headed.

    So, here we are today, where Trump is currently in the position to decide whether Russia should be invited to the next G-whatever summit:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/30/us/politics/trump-g7-russia.html

    I say we’re damn lucky it isn’t Putin deciding whether to include Trump and the U.S., as some day it very well may be.

    P.S. This is a rant of mine burning a long time for a window. Thank you John Ryan. Thank you Billy Browder. Most of all, Thank YOU Mr. Unz!

    UNZ has provided a platform for authors, journalists and “knowers” from all over the world. All converging on the same theme—there is a “they” and there is a plan. This seeming runaway train has awakened plain folks with uncommon sense and giants of intellect alike. Kudos, Ron Unz.

    • Replies: @Emslander
  9. GMC says:

    ” The western Governments are easily moved or manipulated” and have been Gang Banged – time and time again by the corrupt mafia corporations, Zionists inc., and a dozen other international gangs that are in charge of things – today. Not to mention the corrupt, treasonist nationals that work for the Western Governments. Browder’s Hermitage scam just shows how easily the US Gov and others are bought and paid for – that’s why the true Magnitsky lie , has to be covered up , from the public. PS – notice all the tax money Browder skimmed off the US – very visible to anyone that can smell a Rat.

  10. jsigur says:

    I became aware of the Browder case when known controlled asset, Brandon Martinez, used his claims as a refutation of Putin which he seemed unbelievably obsessed about.
    As I perused you-tube for videos on Browder, I saw that he was welcomed into all approved western media to make his case with the questioners rarely going into the material to dispute his claims. I determined at that time that Browder was part of a deep state campaign to demonize Russia under Putin leadership.
    It surprises me not to hear no MSM News organization will print these latest findings since in 2012 I realized the free world and press are anything but free and lie as much or more than the most demonized communist outlets.
    Not mentioned in the article that I recall is the fact that Browder’s dad was the head of the Communist party in the USA before and during WWII which should be enough by itself for a legitimate news outlet to scrutinize with great vigor any claims made by the man but then we know WWII was really a war against any country willing to exercise goyim rule independent of Jewish advisors and that the US was on the side of Jewish power in that war as much as all the other wars it has engaged in.
    (Its interesting that my spell check keeps telling me that there is no such word as “goyem”)

    • Agree: GMC
  11. Browder’s pic should be under the non-existent entry “International Jew” in the encyclopedia, so well does he check all boxes.

  12. “But when pressure was exerted on Germany to install a Magnitsky Act, one of their most influential journals…”

    Der Spiegel is known as a craven Atlanticist rag. Somebody high up – possibly as a snub to the Trump admin – must have provided ass cover for it to be upheld.

  13. Z-man says:

    Browder, Singer and the rest should be sent to Jew heaven.

    • Agree: FLgeezer
  14. anonymous[400] • Disclaimer says:

    Sophisticated swindler registers his company in the Channel Islands and sets up shell companies then postures as an ‘anti-corruption’ crusader. That’s pretty nervy. How much is this person worth anyway? Hasn’t he stolen enough? For these sociopaths it’s never enough. Whether politicians in the US actually believe him or not he’s provided them with excuses to stoke a confrontational relationship with the Russians. If it wasn’t the Magnitsky affair it would have been some other pretext. Oh, and Browder dumps his US citizenship like a used tissue for some tax advantage which shows you what kind of a person he is.

  15. Saggy says: • Website
    @Vuki

    You can see the film here …




    That Browder is a crook is not surprising, the revelation is the extent to which he is supported by the establishment.

    • Replies: @Z-man
    , @Bombercommand
    , @Anon
  16. Z-man says:
    @Saggy

    That Browder is a crook is not surprising, the revelation is the extent to which he is supported by the establishment.

    Sad no?
    The Power of the CABAL is immense.

    • Agree: Saggy
  17. annamaria says:

    Bill Browder has been heavily supported by Ben Cardin, a prominent zionist in the US Congress.

    Browder is a mega thief (he was also involved in several deaths-on-order) who owes everything to Cardin and other zionists from the Mega Group like Lex Wexner and similar criminals:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Cardin
    https://www.mintpressnews.com/mega-group-maxwells-mossad-spy-story-jeffrey-epstein-scandal/261172/
    https://www.globalresearch.ca/bill-browder-escapes-again/5642767

    It is the same old story of subversion of the state by the moneyed and powerful Israel-firsters.

  18. Doesn’t anybody remember that Browder is the grandson of gormer CPUSA chuef Earl Browder? How do you think this vermin got his foot in the door in Russia???

  19. Mikeja says:
    @Pop Warner

    I never believed him after learning he renounced his citizenship to avoid taxes. It’s disgraceful any US lawmaker would even meet with him after that

    • Agree: Old and Grumpy
  20. Not a mark om Magnitskys body

    Perhaps he died from a food parcel “From USA with love”

    After all it was the Russians that wanted him to talk not Bowder

    No talk of this in the weStern ASStrollpgical main scream media fed to themasses and CoNNgress

    • Replies: @Vuki
  21. Browder is a bolshevik/communist/zionist , typical of the zionists who are destroying the world.

    • Agree: FLgeezer, Alfred
    • Replies: @redmudhooch
  22. vot tak says:

    Useful summary of browder’s scam. The man managered to wield a great amount of influence in american/uk media and government, yet is only a minor player by western oligarch standards. For that he must have substantial backing. By whom?

    Well he definitely is closely defended by these sources:

    British Jewish businessman who challenged Putin is put on Interpol wanted list

    https://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/british-jewish-businessman-who-challenged-putin-is-put-on-interpol-wanted-list-1.446467

    Be careful of Putin, he is a true enemy of Jews

    https://www.thejc.com/culture/books/be-careful-of-putin-he-is-a-true-enemy-of-jews-1.61745

    Who has the power to control media and western governments to such a tight degree?

  23. Bill Browder is a thief, a typical representative of a flock of Western vultures that landed in 1990s Russia to steal state assets. When his thievery was curbed by Putin, he got angry and vengeful, like a scorned lover. He manufactured and spread lies to whip up an anti-Putin campaign in the West. His “narrative” was eagerly supported by the neocons and other scum, as it was in line with their “narrative”. Naturally, the first things about Browder any honest investigator or journalist would unearth were lies and fraud. Just as naturally, the scum and scum-controlled Western MSM keep spreading lies supporting their “narrative”, and ignoring numerous facts that contradict it.

    • Agree: Denis
    • Replies: @Philip Owen
  24. Alfred says:

    There is an interesting connection between Bill Bowder, Robert Maxwell, Bill Clinton, Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell and others. They are all members of “CLUB”

    There are many more revealing articles on Martin Armstrong’s blog. Browder is one of the biggest scumbags to ever walk on this earth. He is trying to start a war against Russia – because they took away some of the things he had stolen. An absolute arsehole. 🙁

    Ghislaine Maxwell Arrested – Clinton’s & Epstein’s Lover | Armstrong Economics

    • Replies: @Truth3
    , @winston2
  25. Ben Cardin must feel like a schmuck given Ben Bidder’s exposé in the Der Spiegel but having suborned the late drama queen Johnny McCain in supporting him in his efforts to protect a fellow tribesman, the noodge won’t make any effort to rescind the illicit bill … now that’s the power of corruption!

  26. Pindos says:

    Why, isn’t Browder a jew?

  27. @but an humble craftsman

    If you mean both Russia and USA, then I beg to differ. A plague only upon the USA for knowingly supporting a murderer and a thief and drafting unjust laws.

  28. Rootless Cosmopolitan.

  29. @Saggy

    Many thanks for posting this. Halfway through the film I began to suspect that Browder had Magnitsky killed: “Dead Men Tell No Tales”, and an accountant can tell very important tales for the procecution. I had no idea that several guys connected with Browder shell companies convienently turned up dead. Looks like the “cleanup” scenes in Scorcese’s “Casino”.

    • Replies: @Mikhail
  30. I, for one, am shocked that a communist jew would be involved in criminal financial schemes.

  31. Skeptic23 says:
    @Chet Roman

    Good to see this on unz
    Lee stranahan has been on this crucially important story for years.
    It goes back to browder’s and khodorkovsky’s attempt to steal russia’s oil via Yukos. Foiled by Putin
    E.g. look at US Senate Res 322 in 2005, introduced by Biden, cosponsored by Obama and McCain!

  32. seeuhay says:

    Browder got a few billion, but Munchkin got the Congress to give the banks 4 trillion for some Covid thing, and more on the way, and nobody knows where that money is now, Russia perhaps. Why no outrage on that?

  33. @Pop Warner

    Haha, if only it was that easy.

  34. The Nekrasov film is absolutely devastating. Bowder comes off looking like the rat-faced vermin he is.

  35. Truth3 says:
    @Alfred

    If there was one walking creature on Earth I could elect to shove up Satan’s asshole, it might be a toss-up… but Billy Beanie Boy Browder would definitely make the Top Ten.

  36. fred777 says:

    Seems to be an undercurrent of “if only our corrupt media had reported this Americans would be outraged”. No they wouldn’t, Americans just want their sportsball back on the tee vee. The vast majority could care less about Russia or even find it on a map. The well written article above is over our collective level of comprehension.

    • Replies: @Antiwar7
  37. Dear Mr Ryan
    You have stolen everything in your article from my reporting. There is no original reporting you have done. How will you compensate me for this theft?
    Lucy Komisar http://thekomisarscoop.com/

  38. Antiwar7 says:
    @fred777

    I think they (average Americans) do have a bit of latent fear left over, towards Russian strategic missiles. Enough to not want to antagonize Russia needlessly.

  39. mastodon says:

    Excellent work. I still have a copy of the behind the scenes movie on the puta. Browder is just another scum sucking bottom dweller…..

  40. Truth3 says:

    …till this day Browder maintains that Sergei Magnitsky was beaten to death with rubber batons…

    Why am I not surprised.

    To this day Jews declare that 16 million Jews were alive in 1939 (81 years ago), and that 400,000+ of those Jews are alive today, yet 6,000,000 of the 16 million died in a so called Holocaust.

    [MORE]

    Run a statistically valid monte carlo on that group of 16M, will actuarial data that is skewed in the Jews argument’s favor. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

    See what I mean?

    If there were NO significant mortality events, you STILL cannot come up with a number much above 400k.

    Think!

    No 16 million people alive in 1939 of a similar age distribution have even 300,000 survivors alive today.

    Do the math.

    No significant unusual mortality event could have happened to that group.

    None.

    End of argument.

    No so-called Holocaust ever happened.

    Not in the late XIXth Century, or early XXth Century, or mid-XXth Century.

    Never happened.

    No matter how may times they attempted to shove that scam down humanity’s throats.

    • Thanks: DaveE, TheTrumanShow, Alfred
    • Replies: @anon
  41. Vuki says:
    @Pop Warner

    A great article here by Christopher Black on an issue as to why such rats are allowed to ply their trade.

    https://journal-neo.org/2020/07/01/putin-on-historical-revisionism-and-its-dangers/

  42. DaveE says:
    @No Friend Of The Devil

    They are not The Resistance, they are The Persistence!

    Or The Pestilence.

  43. geokat62 says:
    @Lucy Komisar

    How will you compensate me for this theft?
    Lucy Komisar

    Don’t turn around, oh
    Der Kommissar’s in town, oh

  44. John Ryan says:
    @Lucy Komisar

    Ron Unz has just sent me your email reading my article on Browder, in which you say:

    “this writer got EVERYTHING from what I have written. I can take every sentence and show where it came from. It is called plagiarism. You need to apologize publicly and deal with how you credit and compensate me.”

    I suggest that you should read my article more carefully. Yes, I have dealt with material that you published, but in every instance, through a hyperlink, I gave you credit for your research and writing. In doing my research for this article I consulted and used information from about 50 articles, and many of these are hyperlinked in my article.

    Plagiarism occurs when a writer uses someone else’s information but does not give that person credit for the information. That is certainly not the case in what I have written. Nowhere in my article have I included anything that you had written without giving you credit for your input.

    I had been a professor for over 30 years during which time I had instructed students on how to write properly documented articles and papers…so I know something about how not plagiarize other people’s work. In all I have written a number of books and several hundred articles. Recently I noted that one of my books, originally priced at $60, is now out of print and is considered rare….and is now listed at $1,733.73.

    At no time in my career has anyone accused me of plagiarism, so I am surprised at your totally unjustified outburst to Ron Unz.

    Despite what you’ve said about me, I would like to commend you for your unrelenting research and writing about the Browder-Magnitsky issue.

    • Replies: @Truth3
  45. Emslander says:
    @FlintWheel4

    So what Putin ideology may I not agree with?

    He’s clearly not an ideologue. Putin is a Russian nationalist who has spoken with poignancy about the need of his country to return to a Christian-based nation with its old borders. Isn’t that why he’s so hated by the neo-Communists who control our media and our politics?

    • Agree: Alfred, Ivan
    • Replies: @FlintWheel4
  46. geokat62 says:

    Here’s a link to all 6 parts of Browder’s deposition in the Previzon case…

  47. Truth3 says:
    @John Ryan

    Lucy is a Jew that believes in the Shoah.

    So… don’t expect her not to act like a …

    Kommisar.

  48. Truth3 says:

    The Kommmmmmisar’s fellow travelers…

    The Jewish creators and pushers of Social Marxist Feminism:

    [MORE]

    -Gloria Steinem (1934- ); founder, Ms. Magazine.
    -Bella Abzug (1920-1998); Civil rights and labor attorney elected to Congress (House of Rep.) from New York City; served 1971-1977.
    -Betty Friedan (1921- ); feminist leader and author of the book “The Feminine Mystique” (1963).
    -Shulamith Firestone (1945- ); Canadian feminist. Wrote “The Dialectic of Sex” (1970).
    -Andrea Dworkin (1946- ); radical; apparent lesbian. Author of the book “Intercourse” (1987).
    -Susan Brownmiller (1935- ); U.S. feminist. Wrote the book “Against Our Will” (1975).
    -Susan Faludi (1959- ); author of the book “Backlash” (1992).
    -Naomi Wolf (1962- ); advisor to Al Gore in the 2000 U.S. presidential election.
    -Emma Goldman (1869-1940); early U.S. feminist.
    -Ernestine Rose (1810-1892); b. in Poland; early feminist.
    -Phyllis Chesler (1941- ); U.S. feminist; author of the book “Woman’s Inhumanity to Woman” (2002).
    -Judy Chicago (Cohen) (1939- ); U.S. feminist. Author of the book “The Dinner Party” (1996).
    -Robin Morgan (1941- ); U.S. feminist. Former editor-in-chief, Ms. magazine.
    -Letty Cottin Pogrebin (1939- ); U.S. feminist; co-founded Ms. magazine.
    -Gerda Lerner (1920- ); b. in Austria.
    -Annie Nathan Meyer (1867-1951); U.S. feminist.
    -Maud Nathan (1862-1946); sister of Annie Nathan Meyer; U.S. feminist.
    -Geri Palast (1950- ); chair, Committee on Women in the Global Economy; U.S. feminist.
    -Rose Schneiderman (1882-1972); b. in Poland.
    -Anita Pollitzer (1894-1975); U.S. feminist; pal of artist Georgia O’Keeffe.
    -Gene Boyer (no birthyear available); a founder of N.O.W.; president of Jewish Feminists; U.S. feminist.
    -Lucy Komisar (1942- ); author of the book “The New Feminism” (1971); U.S. feminist.
    -Karen Nussbaum (1950- ); (apparently Jewish); leader of 9to5- National Association of Working Women.
    -Eleanor Flexner (1908-1995); (apparently Jewish–relative is a Zionist); U.S. feminist.
    -Riane Eisler (1931- ); b. Vienna; author/feminist; . Author of the book “The Chalice and the Blade” (1987).

  49. RT says:

    Talented Mr. Browder

    • LOL: Alfred
  50. Pft says:

    Browder connection timeline

    Interesting history Browder has. I suspect he has a history with Putin before Putin became President , but its hard to find anything on a connection. Anyways lots of interesting connections, meaningful or not, I cant say.

    [MORE]

    1985- bugged version of PROMIS was sold for Soviet government use, with the media mogul Robert Maxwell as a conduit.

    1990-, just after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Browder found himself on assignment in Poland for Boston Consulting Group. The government had begun privatizing state-owned companies and selling their shares at ridiculously low valuations.

    1991-Anatoly Sobchak, a former law professor of Putin’s at Leningrad State, became mayor of Leningrad.* Sobchak hired Vladimir Putin, whom he had known when Putin worked at Leningrad State. Putin was still on active reserve with the KGB.

    Putin’s tenure in Sobchak’s office was so rife with scandal that it led to a host of investigations into illegal assignment of licenses and contracts . Putin was head of the Committee for Foreign Liaison; collaborated with criminal gangs in regulating gambling; a money-laundering operation by the St. Petersburg Real Estate Holding Company, where Kumarin was involved and Putin served on the advisory board; Putin’s role in providing a monopoly for the Petersburg Fuel Company, then controlled by the Tambov criminal organization; and much, much more—virtually all of which was whitewashed. While he was in St. Petersburg in the nineties, Putin signed many hundreds of contracts doling out funds to his cronies.

    1991-November 5, Robert Maxwell ,allegedly drowned after falling off his yacht in the Canary Islands near the northwest coast of Africa. Billions were missing from his pension funds

    Maxwell’s investment bankers included Salomon Brothers. Eventually, the pension funds were replenished with monies from investment banks Shearson Lehman and Goldman Sachs, as well as the British government.

    It was March 1991 when William Browder went to work for British billionaire Robert Maxwell as his “investment manager”. Just how deep into the investment decisions of Maxwell did Browder participate as an investment manager?

    1991 November 10, Maxwell’s funeral took place on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, the resting place for the nation’s most revered heroes. Prime Minister Shamir eulogized: “He has done more Israel than can today be said.”

    1992-Interestingly, after Maxwell died, Bill Browder went to work for the Salomon Brothers in the middle of their own scandal. Browder was put in charge of the Russian proprietary investments desk at Salomon Brothers. He was given 25 million to invest and used it by paying cash for vouchers in Russian companies the government had issued to citizens , and used them to buy shared at public auction. In a short period he turned that into 125 million

    The scandal at Salomon Brothers was the manipulation of the US Treasury auctions back then.After that scandal where the government was threatening to shut down Salomon Brothers who was the biggest bond dealer in the USA for manipulating markets, all of a sudden, people from Goldman Sachs started taking posts in government.

    1996-Browder left Salomon Brothers and with Edmond Safra founded Hermitage Capital Management for the purpose of investing initial seed capital of $25 million in Russia during the period of the mass privatization after the fall of the Soviet Union. Beny Steinmetz was another of the original investors in Hermitage, the Israeli diamond billionaire.

    Cyprus is a favorite place for Russian to launder money. Thats probably why Browder and his accounting advisor Jamison Firestone chose it to launder Browder’s Russian profits.

    Browder from about 1997 to the mid-2000s used Cyprus shell companies to move money out of Russia to cheat the country of multi-millions of dollars in taxes. He used the Russian shells to invest in shares, including Gazprom shares that were illegal for foreigners to buy in Russia, then moved the shares to Cyprus shells

    1996 article entitled, “The Money Plane,” published by New York Magazine detailed how the “Russian mob gets a shipment of up to a billion dollars in fresh $100 bills,” Edmond Safra’s bank, Republic National, was directly implicated.

    Guess we know where Browder got the cash money to pay for the vouchers

    1998-If Salomon had not been merged with Travelers Group in 1997 (which owned retail brokerage, Smith Barney), no doubt Salomon Brothers would have collapsed in the 1998 Long-Term Capital Management debacle created by one of their own – Salomons John Meriwether.

    Safra lost $1 billion in Russia during the 1998 Long-Term Capital Management crisis over Russian bonds and investments which was why he put his bank, Republic National Bank, up for sale to HSBC in 1999.

    1999-Following the Russian financial crisis of 1998, despite significant outflows from the fund, Hermitage became a prominent shareholder in the Russian oil and gas. It was in 1999 when VSMPO-AVISMA Corporation (Russian: ВСМПО-АВИСМА) – the world’s largest titanium producer- filed a RICO lawsuit against Browder and other Avisma investors including Kenneth Dart, alleging they illegally siphoned company assets into offshore accounts and then transferred the funds to U.S. accounts at Barclays.

    Browder and his co-defendants settled with Avisma in 2000; they sold their Avisma shares as part of the confidential settlement agreement.

    1999-Republican National Bank was owned by Safra . On May 11, HSBC, announced a $10.3 billion deal to purchase Edmond Safra’s holdings including the Republic National Bank of New York and Safra’s shares in Bill Browder’s firm, Hermitage Capital. The announcement came only nine months after Russia’s economy collapsed and Browder’s clients, lost over $900 million. It was also nine months after $4.8 billion in IMF funds was deposited in an undisclosed account at Safra’s bank and well before the public became aware that that same money was dispersed and stolen through the Bank of New York, off-shore companies, and foreign financial institutions.  

    HSBC then became Browders partner of the Heritage Fund . Browder’s shell companies were registered in Cyprus but owned by HSBC (Guernsey) as the trustee for his Hermitage Capital Management.

    Cypriot shells Glendora and Kone were part of his offshore network “owned” by an HSBC Private Bank Guernsey Ltd trust. The real owner was Browder’s Hermitage Fund. Assets (stocks and money) went from Russia to Cyprus and then to parts unknown.

    Republic International Trust, registered by Mossack Fonseca of Panama Papers fame and listed on the Glendora document, was in the offshore network of Republic National Bank owner Edmond Safra, an early investor who then held 51% of Hermitage Fund shares.

    1999 December 3 -Safra was killed in suspicious fire that broke out in his Monte Carlo home.  Although some believe that Safra was killed by the Russian mafia, Lurie reported that a Swiss prosecutor investigating the missing IMF money believed that Safra was killed “because of his revelations to the FBI and the Swiss Prosecutor’s Office investigating the disappearance and laundering of $4.8 billion of the IMF stablilization loan.” One of the more interesting things to note here is that the prosecutor implied that Safra not only spoke with the FBI about the missing IMF funds but with Swiss authorities as well.  

    Funny how Browders bosses/partners get killed

    1999-, the bombings that killed nearly three hundred innocent Russians were likely the product of a “false flag” operation that enabled Putin to consolidate power.

    Putin promised to stop the plundering of the Russian state by rich oligarchs. But very few Russians knew that Putin had been a primary actor in the same kind of activity in St. Petersburg. And as for cleaning up corruption, one of Putin’s first acts as president was to pardon Boris Yeltsin, thereby guaranteeing immunity from prosecution to the outgoing president.-

    Putin recruited two oligarchs who were among his closest confidants, Roman Abramovich and Lev Leviev, to undertake the highly unlikely mission of creating a new religious organization called the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia under the leadership of Rabbi Berel Lazar, a leader in the Hasidic movement called Chabad-Lubavitch.

    Founded in the late eighteenth century, the tiny, Brooklyn-based Chabad-Lubavitcher movement is a fundamentalist Hasidic sect centered on the teaching of the late Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, who is sometimes referred to as a messiah—moshiach—a savior and liberator of the Jewish people. It is antiabortion, views homosexuality as a perversion, and often aligns itself politically with other fundamentalist groups on the right.

    Its biggest donors included Leviev, an Israeli billionaire who was an Uzbek native and was known as the “King of Diamonds” thanks to his success in the diamond trade, and Charles Kushner, an American real estate developer who was later jailed for illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion, and witness tampering. Kushner is also the father of Jared Kushner, who married Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and later became a senior adviser to President Trump. Leviev’s friendship with Lazar dates back to 1992 and, according to Haaretz, made Leviev “the most influential, most active and most connected person in the Jewish community of Russia and made Lazar the country’s chief rabbi.”

    Roman Abramovich, controlled the trading arm of one of Russia’s largest oil companies through an Isle of Man company that had figured in the Bank of New York affair. Mr. Abramovich ran the Siberian oil giant Sibneft, which sold its oil through a company called Runicom.

    His name emerged after speculation that Swiss investigators were looking into the role of Runicom as part of the widening investigation into the laundering of up to $15 billion of Russian money through American banks. Runicom is owned by at least two offshore companies set up by the Valmet Group, a financial services concern partly owned by Menatep, a failed Russian bank that used the Bank of New York.”

    2001- Salomon Brothers Building (WTC 7) collapses. Tenants include the Department of Defense, the Secret Service, the IRS, and the Securities and Exchange Commission

    2005, Steinmetz of Browders Heritage Fund teamed up with another diamond magnate, Putins buddy Lev Leviev, to purchase the top ten floors of Israel’s Diamond Tower which also houses the Israeli Diamond Exchange.  Haaretz.comreported that “the buyers intend to build a connector from the 10 floors – the top 10 floors of the building – to the diamond exchange itself in order to benefit from the security regime of the other offices within the exchange.”  And benefit they did.

     According to one website reporting on a Channel 10 (Israel) news story, from 2005 – 2011, an “underground” bank was set up to provide “loans to firms using money taken from other companies while pretending it was legally buying and selling diamonds.”  The bank apparently washed over $100 million in illicit funds over the course of six years and both Steinmetz and Leviev were directly implicated as “customers” of the bank but Neither of them were charged in the case.

    Then there’s HSBC’s involvement in the diamond industry and Leviev’s ties not only to arms dealer Arcadi Gaydamak via Africa-Israeli Investments but Roman Abramovich and Kushner

    2007-Browders Hermitage Capital Management, was raided by Russian interior ministry officers, who confiscated stamps and documents. These were then used to file bogus tax returns to the Russian Treasury, which were paid out to bank accounts controlled by Klyuev and his associates, according to the U.S. government.

    Browder claimed Organized crime carried out the tax refund fraud against the Russian Treasury under which criminals used collusive lawsuits to fake damages and get refunds of company taxes. The tax refund fraud using Browder’s companies netted $230 million.

    2008-HSBC (Guersey) director Paul Wrench filed a complaint about the tax refund fraud in July on behalf of Hermitage (after Starova’s complaints) .

    Maginitsky was arrested for being the accountant (not a lawyer) of Browder’s tax evasion schemes.

    2008-A lawsuit alleged Bayrock’s projected profits were “to be laundered, untaxed through a sham Delaware entity” to the FL Group, Iceland’s largest private investment fund, the first major firm to collapse in 2008 when Iceland’s financial bubble burst, and a favored financial instrument for loans to Russia-connected oligarchs who were, court papers claim, in favor with Vladimir Putin. According to Bloomberg, Eva Joly, who assisted Iceland’s special prosecutor in the investigation of the financial collapse, said, “There was a huge amount of money that came into these banks that wasn’t entirely explained by central bank lending. Only Mafia-like groups fill a gap like that.”

    Another significant Bayrock partner, the Sapir Organization, had, through its principal, Tamir Sapir, a long business relationship with Semyon Kislin, the commodities trader who was tied to the Chernoy brothers and, according to the FBI, to Vyacheslav Ivankov’s gang in Brighton Beach.

    In addition to being wired into the Kremlin, Sapir’s son-in-law, Rotem Rosen, was a supporter of Chabad along with Sater, Sapir, and others at Bayrock, and, as a result, was part of an extraordinarily powerful channel between Trump and Putin. After all, the ascent of Chabad in Russia had been part of Putin’s plan to replace older Jewish institutions in Russia with corresponding organizations that were loyal to him.

    The biggest contributor to Chabad in the world was Leviev, the billionaire “King of Diamonds” who had a direct line to Rabbi Berel Lazar, aka “Putin’s rabbi,” to Donald Trump, and to Putin himself dating back to the Russian leader’s early days in St. Petersburg.

    Indeed, one of the biggest contributors to Chabad of Port Washington, Long Island, was Bayrock founder Tevfik Arif, a Kazakh-born Turk with a Muslim name who was not Jewish, but nonetheless won entry into its Chai Circle as a top donor.

    2013-The Hermitage Fund, an HSBC-backed vehicle that invested in Russia and became embroiled in a diplomatic war with the Kremlin over the death of one of its accountants, closes down..

    2014, Vekselberg’s Renova Group became a partner with Wilbur Ross in the takeover of the Bank of Cyprus, which had held billions in deposits from wealthy Russians.

    Back in early 90’s Trump found himself in financial trouble when his three casinos in Atlantic City were under foreclosure threat from lenders. He was bailed-out by senior managing director of N.M. Rothschild & Sons, Wilbur Ross, who Trump would later appoint as Secretary of Commerce. Ross, who is known as the “King of Bankruptcy,” specializes in leveraged buyouts of distressed businesses.

    Along with Blackstones Carl Icahn, Ross convinced bondholders to strike a deal with Trump that allowed Trump to keep control of the casinos.

    By the mid-1990s, Ross was a prominent figure in New York Democratic Party politics and had caught the attention President Bill Clinton who appointed him to lead the U.S.-Russia Investment Fund.

    2015-Donald Trump, after emerging from a decade of litigation, multiple bankruptcies, and $ 4 billion in debt, had risen from the near-dead with the help of Bayrock and its alleged ties to Russian intelligence and the Russian Mafia. “They saved his bacon,” said Kenneth McCallion, a former federal prosecutor

    2015-Kushner paid $295 million for some of the floors in the old New York Times building, purchased in 2015 from the US branch of Israeli-Russian oligarch Leviev’s company, Africa Israel Investments (AFI), and partner, Five Mile Capital.

    Kushner later borrowed $285 million from the German financial company Deutsche Bank, which has also been linked to Russian money laundering,

    Jared and Ivanka were also close to another of Putins oligarchs, Roman Abramovich and his wife, Dasha Zhukova.

    2015-While Wilbur Ross served as vice-chairman of the Bank of Cyprus, the bank’s Russia-based businesses were sold to a Russian banker and consultant, Artem Avetisyan, who had ties to both the Russian president and Russia’s largest bank, Sberbank. At the time, Sberbank was under US and EU sanctions following Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

    Avetisyan had earlier been selected by Putin to head a new business branch of the Russian president’s strategic initiative agency, which was tasked with improving business and government ties.

    Avetisyan’s business partner, Oleg Gref, is the son of Herman Gref, Sberbank’s chief executive officer, and their consultancy has served as a “partner” to Sberbank, according to their website. Ross had described the Russian businesses – including 120 bank branches in Russia – as being worth “hundreds of millions of euros” in 2014 but they were sold with other assets to Avetisyan for €7m (£6m).

    Ross resigned from the Bank of Cyprus board after he was confirmed as commerce secretary in 2017

    2018-Cyprus suspended cooperation with Russia, which had been seeking assistance from the government in Moscow’s alleged case of tax evasion against Hermitage Capital Founder Bill Browder.

    • Thanks: ivan
    • Replies: @Alfred
  51. This long, long, long article has been known in all of its detail for at least 10 years. I’ve read at least 2 of the exact same articles–in 2010.

    So why are you repeating it? I know that it makes writing easy. Just cut and paste. I’m mystified.

    • Agree: Cortes
    • Replies: @Alfred
  52. Alfred says:
    @Pft

    Thank you for a concise list of the crimes of Browder. Martin Armstrong has quite a bit more in his blog about Safra – he was invited to join in the looting of Russia but refused.

    I suspect that Putin sent in Russian special forces to kill Safra in Monaco. The Monegasque authorities were told to keep out of it. The story that a demented American male nurse started the fire that killed Safra is sheer nonsense.

    Did Browder Have Magnitsky Killed?

    Magnitsky Affair & the Murder of Edmond Safra in Monaco | Armstrong Economics

    • Replies: @dickr
  53. Alfred says:
    @restless94110

    So why are you repeating it?

    Because the MSM is whitewashing Browder and trying to start a war with Russia. A war that can only end with the destruction of both countries. Many Russians will survive it but few if any Americans. 🙁

    Anyway, the readership has increased a bit since 2010. 🙂

    • Replies: @restless94110
  54. @Desert Fox

    Desert Fox is an unenlightened/repetitive/gullible booby, typical of the CIA dupes who are helping destroy the world.

  55. @Emslander

    That of a “benevolent dictator,” which I DO feel is right and necessary often in national crisis , but much of the world is clamoring for “democracy,” which unbeknownst to most is a PC way of saying “mob rule.” Unfortunately, not knowing that for which they ask—they get it.

    The United States is a constitutional republic that uses a democratic form of selecting officials. I believe if this concept had been adhered to, or if it were possible to return to, nothing more would be needed to eventually restore America to greatness, certainly not a benevolent dictator. I do not know if Russia has such a foundation, so an individual with an accurate and accepted understanding of “Russian soul” may be (and I believe likely) all Russians need, and fortunately have.

    The fact individuals in OUR national service:

    “except the President, elected or appointed to an office of honor or profit in the civil service or uniformed services, shall take the following oath: “I, AB, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

    That they state this oath, that we hear them state this oath, yet it is rarely if ever thought of or it’s meaning pondered after the ceremony, is a MASSIVE inside joke on US. “Sheeple” and “cattle” references are not smears, they have been earned.

    Emslander, I understand now you don’t take issue with Putin’s ideology, nor do I. In the realm of the majority, I believe we are a minority.

    Answering you directly also allowed me to omit language I often use to shake people out of their stupor. Nice to know that hasn’t leached into my DNA and I can still choose. Thank you for prompting me to clarify—I’m the beneficiary of your query.

  56. Anonymous[363] • Disclaimer says:

    I’m leery of the anti-Browder Der Spiegel article. Der Spiegel was one of the primary vehicles which the allies used to destroy cultural cohesion and Christianity in post-war Germany, and realign it with US Deep State interests. Most prominent journalists and editors at Der Spiegel are zionist and rabidly anti-German. The magazine is mostly pro-Green, encourages mass immigration and the destruction of Germany as a country.
    So I wonder what the real motive for this article in Der Spiegel is??

    • Replies: @annamaria
    , @BrettH
  57. dickr says:
    @Alfred

    Why would the russians kill safra if he refused to loot russia? Makes no sense

    • Replies: @Alfred
  58. @Anon

    Alex Krainer is the author of the very worthwhile book you’re recalling. Good news – it is available today under a new title “Grand Deception: The Truth about Bill Browder, the Magnitsky Act, and Anti-Russian Sanctions”.

  59. @Alfred

    The readership for Unz knows all of this. Since 2010. I doubt of Browder will cause war with Russia, but you are right, it’s a war the US cannot win.

    And this knowledge contained in this article will hardly deter the US from starting one if that’s what they are gonna do.

    Still, you have a point. Might as well keep repeating it even if it’s pissing into the wind.

    • Thanks: Alfred
  60. annamaria says:
    @Anonymous

    Awakening?
    “Europe should break away from Washington’s control, it would deter total war,” by Paul Craig Roberts” https://www.hannenabintuherland.com/europa/europe-should-break-away-from-washingtons-control-it-would-deter-total-war-dr-paul-craig-roberts-herland-report

    Despite the dire fate of the two finest armies ever assembled—Napoleon’s Grand Army and that of Germany’s Wehrmacht—Washington hasn’t learned that the two rules of warfare are: (1) Don’t march on Russia. (2) Don’t march on Russia.

    Washington in its hubristic idiocy has already begun this march piecemeal with the coup in Ukraine and with its attacks on Syrian military positions. …

    There are no benefits to Europe of being in NATO. Europeans are not threatened by Russian aggression, but they are threatened by Washington’s aggression against Russia. If the American neoconservatives and their Israeli allies succeed in provoking a war, all of Europe would be destroyed. Forever. …

    Europe is still a place of beauty constructed by humans over the ages—architecturally, artistically, and intellectually… Once free of Washington’s vassalage, Europe could even be brought back to creative life.

    The keywords:

    Europe is already suffering economically from Washington’s illegal sanctions against Russia forced upon Europeans by Washington and from the millions of non-European refugees flooding the European countries fleeing from Washington’s illegal wars against Muslim peoples, wars that Americans are forced to fight for the benefit of Israel.

    • Agree: Alfred
  61. geokat62 says:

    Another source exposing the nefarious activities of Bill Browder…

  62. Alfred says:
    @dickr

    Why would the Russians kill Safra if he refused to loot russia? Makes no sense

    I (Armstrong) was solicited to invest $10 billion into Hermitage Capital at Republic National Bank. I refused. I was flat outright told that Boris Yeltsin would step down as President and they would have an inside track to the resources of Russia.

    Safra and his associates looted Russia and tried to take over the government. Armstrong would not take part in it.

    Putin had to put Safra out of action as a warning to others. I believe bankers from Rothschild and Warburg have been warned to stay out of Russia for their own good. It is the only language these criminals understand.

  63. winston2 says:
    @Alfred

    Funny you brought that up.
    Her and Browder know each other well.
    Bob Maxwell was Browders biz mentor , he learned from one of the worst scumbags and psychopaths
    it was my greatest displeasure to have dealings with. Bob dripped evil and after meeting him a very
    long and hot shower was required to even feel human again.Browder volunteered to be with him
    over several years.Bobs early years involved selling out fellow jews to the Gestapo, graduating
    to being an arms dealer before going into publishing from the proceeds.An all round nice guy.

  64. anon[185] • Disclaimer says:
    @Truth3

    say the holohoax happened – how many should be alive today of the remaining 10 million?

  65. MY COMMENTS IN CAPS
    You write: The essence of the case is that in 2007 three shell companies that had once been owned by Browder were used to claim a $232 million tax refund based on trumped-up financial loses. Browder has stated that the companies were stolen from him, and that in a murky operation organized by a convicted fraudster, they were re-registered in the names of others. There is evidence however that Magnitsky and Browder may have been part of this convoluted scheme.

    Browder’s main company in Russia was Hermitage Capital Management, and associated with this firm were a large number of shell companies, some in the Russian republic of Kalmykia and some in the British Virgin Islands. A law firm in Moscow, Firestone Duncan, owned by Americans, did the legal work for Browder’s Hermitage. Sergei Magnitsky was one of the accountants for Firestone Duncan and was assigned to work for Hermitage.

    NO, A LAW AND ACCOUNTING FIRM OWNED BY ONE AMERICAN, JAMISON FIRESTONE. THE RUSSIAN OWNER WAS FORCED OUT.

    An accountant colleague of Magnitsky’s at Firestone Duncan, Konstantin Ponomarev, HE WAS THE OTHER OWNER, THE FOUNDER, HE WAS MAGNITSKY’S BOSS! was interviewed in 2017 by Lucy Komisar, an investigative journalist, who was doing research on Browder’s operations in Russia. In the ensuing report on this, Komisar states:

    from a report by Eric Zuesse, an investigative historian, who managed to get a private viewing of the film by the film’s Production Manager.
    NO, YOU DON’T NEED A PRIVATE VIEWING, JUST PAY $5 TO SEE IT ONLINE

    Following the raid by tax officials on the Moscow Hermitage office on June 2, 2007, nothing further on these matters was reported until April 9, 2008 when Ms Rimma Starlova, STAROVA NOT STARLOVA (CANT YOU EVEN SPELL HER NAME RIGHT?) the figurehead director of the three supposedly stolen Browder shell companies, filed a criminal complaint with the Russian Interior Ministry in Kazan accusing representatives of Browder companies of the theft of state funds, i.e., $232 million in a tax-rebate fraud. Although Hermitage was aware of this report they kept quiet about it because they claimed it as a false accusation against themselves.

    ME: In April she talked abut the reregistration of the companies and false certifications of debt. In July she talked about claimed losses based on false contracts. Nowhere does she talk about the $232 mil tax-rebate fraud. I assume you didn’t bother to read her complaints, even though I posted originals & translations to my website.

    https://www.thekomisarscoop.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/April-9-2008-Starova-complaint.pdf

    https://www.thekomisarscoop.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Translation-of-Starova-Complaint.pdf

    https://www.thekomisarscoop.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/July-10-2008-testimony-Russian.pdf

    https://www.thekomisarscoop.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Starova-Testimony-10-July-08.pdf

    This shows that Gasanov, the middleman, had the power of attorney connecting the new nominees to the real beneficiaries. However, Gasanov could not be questioned on whose orders he was doing this because shortly afterwards, he mysteriously died. HE HAD A HEART ATTACK. NO ONE HAS QUESTIONED THAT.

    So much for the “free world’s” freedom of the press and media. This film is not available on YouTube. IT IS AVAILABLE ON ITS OWN WEBSITE. $5.

    The documentary was set for a premiere at the European Parliament in Brussels in April 2016, but at the last moment – faced with Browder’s legal threats – the parliamentarians cancelled the showing.

    IT WASN’T LEGAL THREATS, NOBODY WAS GOING TO SUE THE PARLIAMENT. IT WAS HIS ACOLYTES IN THE PARLIAMENT. YOU ARE CONFUSING THAT WITH WHY EUROPEAN TV , WHICH HAD ACTUALLY FUNDED IT, DID NOT SHOW IT. That is a serious error. It means you have no idea of what was going on to block the film.

    Although for almost the past ten years Browder’s self-serving story had been accepted almost worldwide and served to help vilify Russia, in the past few months there has been an awakening to the true state of affairs about Browder.

    The first such article “The Case of Sergei Magnitsky: Questions Cloud Story Behind U.S. Sanctions” written by Benjamin Bidder, a German journalist, appeared on November 26, 2019 in Der Spiegel.

    THIS IS NOT THE FIRST ARTICLE. MY ARTICLE IN 2017 WAS THE FIRST ARTICLE. BTW, BIDDER TOLD HE IN AN EMAIL THAT HE HAD READ MY STORIES.

    The German Press Council ruling follows a December 2019 Danish Press Board ruling against another Browder complaint over an article by a Danish financial news outlet, Finans.dk, on his tax evasion and invented Magnitsky story. FYI, THE JOURNALISTS CONTACTED ME FOR HELP WHILE THEY WERE DOING THIS STORY.
    Significantly, both the Danish and German cases involve mainstream media, which usually toe the US-UK-NATO strategic line against Russia, which Browder’s story serves. And these press complaint rulings follow a September 2019 European Court of Human Rights ruling that there was credible evidence that Magnitsky and Browder were engaged in a conspiracy to commit tax fraud and that Magnitsky was rightfully charged.

    In summation, for ten years or more, no one in the West ever seriously challenged Bill Browder’s account of what happened to his “lawyer” Sergei Magnitsky and his stories of corruption and malfeasance in Russia. This is what allowed him to get such influence that the

    At long last, thanks to Der Spiegel, its investigative reports have effectively rejected and discredited Browder’s claim that Magnitsky was a courageous whistleblower who exposed corruption in Russia and was mercilessly killed by authorities out of revenge.

    NOT AT LONG LAST. I WAS LONG FIRST!

    I REALIZE NOW THAT JOHN RYAN IS AN ACADEMIC, AND MANY ARE USED TO TAKING THE WORK OF JOURNALISTS TO WRITE THEIR PAPERS, NOT DOING THE LEGWORK THEMSELVES.

    EVERYTHING HERE IS A CUT AND PASTE JOB FROM OTHER PEOPLE’S WORK. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IS BASED ON ORIGINAL RESEARCH OR REPORTING. AND IT EXPLAINS WHY SOME OBVIOUS ERRORS WERE MADE. BECAUSE CUT AND PASTE IS NOT JOURNALISM.

    LK

  66. @AnonFromTN

    Diagree. There was not a flock of vultures. That is the point. There was Browder and the Harvard Endowment Fund (which played a straight bat). Yeltsin, mistakenly in my view, blocked Western investors from participating in Russian privatisation and Bank creation. Browder made his fortune by getting to play where no one else could. He bent the rules on vouchers by buying them third hand. He clearly had a powerful roof. It is not clear what the other side got – shares in Hermitage?

    After all this he then went on a massiva tax evasion scheme! Talk about hubris. The roof fell in.

  67. @Lucy Komisar

    At the time of Magnitsky’s death. The Economist reported it as medical neglect. It had previously reported that he was being denied treatment for a liver complaint. M beaten to death came out of thin air. I was told that on the day of his death, one set of warders was keeping M in pain to make him talk and blocking another set was outside the cell with a stretcher to take him to hospital. (Hearsay from a lawyer close to the authorities).

  68. Ron Unz says:
    @Lucy Komisar

    At long last, thanks to Der Spiegel, its investigative reports have effectively rejected and discredited Browder’s claim that Magnitsky was a courageous whistleblower who exposed corruption in Russia and was mercilessly killed by authorities out of revenge.

    NOT AT LONG LAST. I WAS LONG FIRST!

    Well, I’m no great expert on the Browder/Magnitsky controversy, but I’m not sure your criticism is correct…

    Since Prof. Ryan extensively quoted and cited your own previous writings, he’s obviously not claiming that the recent expose in Der Spiegel is “the first” article on the subject, merely that’s it was the first article to appear in the mainstream media.

    However, I would also take issue with your claims of being “LONG FIRST” on the subject. As far as I can tell, your earliest pieces appeared in late 2017. But well over a year before that in June 2016, we had published long articles by Philip Giraldi and Israel Shamir pointing out many of the same things:

    https://www.unz.com/ishamir/the-good-fortune-of-mr-browder/

    https://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/the-magnitsky-hoax/

    I have absolutely no intent of undercutting or diminishing the importance of your own investigative research in this area, which indeed has been heavily cited by Prof. Ryan. But I might suggest that your fierce emphasis on your absolute priority seems a little unwarranted.

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  69. John Ryan says:

    Lucy,

    This is a follow up on the letter Ron Unz wrote to you a short while ago.

    Before I deal with the specific issues you’ve presented, I’d like to make some general comments about your concerns, which strangely you present in capitals.
    I REALIZE NOW THAT JOHN RYAN IS AN ACADEMIC, AND MANY ARE USED TO TAKING THE WORK OF JOURNALISTS TO WRITE THEIR PAPERS, NOT DOING THE LEGWORK THEMSELVES.

    EVERYTHING HERE IS A CUT AND PASTE JOB FROM OTHER PEOPLE’S WORK. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IS BASED ON ORIGINAL RESEARCH OR REPORTING. AND IT EXPLAINS WHY SOME OBVIOUS ERRORS WERE MADE. BECAUSE CUT AND PASTE IS NOT JOURNALISM.

    If I interpret your first sentence correctly you seem to be of the opinion that academics are somehow less intellectually competent than journalists. Could you support that position with some documentary evidence?

    As you’ve related to me previously, you’re of the opinion that my whole article consists of nothing more than an amatuerish “cut and paste” charade and in your comment to me you state:

    Dear Mr Ryan
    You have stolen everything in your article from my reporting. There is no original reporting you have done. How will you compensate me for this theft?
    Lucy Komisar http://thekomisarscoop.com/

    As an “academic”, and for legal purposes, I made certain to document all the sources of my information, and as the attachment to this letter shows, I hyperlinked 55 sources, with 11 attributed to you. In a court of law how could you prove that your 11 references account for “everything” in my article and that the other 44 references account for nothing? Obviously the bulk of my article is based on information contained in sources other than yours. As a journalist I would hope that you are more careful with the truth and reality than the way this comment reflects on you.

    You keep reiterating your mantra that all I can do is “cut and paste” other people’s work…and that so-called “real” writing is when a writer does investigative research and then writes about it.

    When historians write accounts of past events and issues they do not somehow reincarnate themselves into past periods to do first-hand research. History is written by researching what happened in the past from the accounts written by people at that period of time, and then documenting and crediting those writers for their input. So according to you, would historians be nothing more than “cut and paste”frauds?

    In my own case, how was I to do first-hand research on Browder during his “career” in Russia and afterwards? To write an account of Browder’s career in this regard, I had no alternative but to rely on the research done by other people, you included. I wrote it in the way a historian would write it. And I carefully documented and credited their observations. At no point did I ever use another person’s research and try to pass it off as my own….because that would be plageurism. You seem to play fast and loose with that word, seeminglhy not fully aware of what it means.

    As to the background for my article, I had been asked by the editor of a prestigous Canadian journal to write a comprehensive account of the Browder-Magnitsky issue. It took some time to gather about 50 or more well documented articles on this matter. The editor had alerted me that whatever I would write it had to be well documented….with no unsubstantiated input from me as the writer. The editor was much impressed with my account, but the directors of the journal decided to get a legal opinion from a lawyer to be reasonably sure that Browder could not sue us for libel. The legal opinion was not to publish the article.

    I afterwards edited the article very carefully and had a lawyer friend check it over. At that point we both felt confident that the article was legally safe, and I then submittd it to the Unz Review. Ron Unz had no problems with it and so it was published. As far as we know this is about the only article that deals comprehensively with the entire issue in a single manuscript. And within two days the article has acquired more than 60 comments —all positive except for your comment.

    Now in reference to your specific comments on it, in my opinion they are not of any major concern. I indicated that Firestone Duncan was owned by Americans. You point out it is owned by only one American. To me that’s an inconsequential minor detail.

    As for the Starova issue, the important point of this is that it was she who was the first one to have alerted Russian authorities to a tax-rebate fraud….and not Magnitsky. The details are not of great consequence. As for your four links, the first one is not valid and doesn’t work. Two of them deal with her bio and one of them is her deposition. None of this constitutes a big deal….and is a minor detail in my account.

    You have taken the following sentence out of context:

    The first such article “The Case of Sergei Magnitsky: Questions Cloud Story Behind U.S. Sanctions” written by Benjamin Bidder, a German journalist, appeared on November 26, 2019 in Der Spiegel.

    Der Spiegel wrote two articles in the fall on 2019 that were of major consequence in Germany. It is these articles that appear to have blocked the adoption of the Magnitsky Act in Germany. When I said “The first such article…” it was in reference to the Der Spiegel articles, and not in reference to the first article ever written about the Browder issue. And you rightly point out that you yourself had written many articles on this matter long before.

    I have now checked your website which I somehow hadn’t done before. You have indeed written a great deal on the Browder-Magnitsky issue and I commend you for all your work. If I had known more about you I would not have written my concluding comment in the way that I did. My apologies to you.

    I would hope that you would eventually concede the point that my comprehensive article will be helpful in revealing the truth about Bill Browder. Certainly the comments to my article are encouraging.

    Regards,

    John

  70. Just Putin being anti-Semitic again (anti-Semitism= expecting Jews to follow the same rules as everybody else)

  71. Vuki says:
    @potemkin villiage bank

    Common now Jeffrey Epstein took his own life is that not the democratic way, and Vincent W. Foster did the same. I wonder who in Russia had something to gain from Magnitsky’s death? We sure know who gains from Epstein and Fosters self inflicted wounds. The maniacs that kill people around the world and sleep with children.

  72. Vuki says:
    @Lucy Komisar

    What Mr. Ryan writes I can believe, verify, and trust. I cannot say the same about journalists who crap in their pants every time they submit an article to the editor. Journalists need to be trustees of the public, not puppets bribed and fear to write the truth so they write by omission.

    Everything that Mr. Ryan wrote here is credited including material that you wrote. I detect a certain cluster of sour grapes in your whiney comments.

    I have read many articles penned by Mr. Rayan and unlike journalists who maintain comfortable relationships with ruling politicians and the media owners Mr. Ryan values his integrity. There is no such thing as investigative journalism in Mainstream Media as almost all of them refuse to peek behind the curtains. and in their so-called news, they prostitute themselves.

  73. @Lucy Komisar

    Lucy, there doesn’t appear to be a theft of your published work. Rather it appears Dr.Ryan has scoured many published works and pieced them together very coherently. He has cited all of his sources including yourself. The article conforms to the highest academic standards. Quotations are cited etc. I’m not sure you should be demanding royalties from a scholarly publication and threatening lawsuits. In my learned opinion this makes absolutely no sense… so I wonder are you under some indirect threat from Browder?

  74. Vuki says:
    @Ron Unz

    What I like about your article Mr. Ryan is that you did not fish just in one pond, where you caught one type of fish, went home and cooked it to your taste, and served it to your guests. You chose to fish in the ocean of facts and caught a variety of fish. You did not cook the fish but gave them to your guests to decide for themselves how to cook them. Hats off to you sir that is what all good historians do.

  75. @Lucy Komisar

    John Ryan does not claim to be a journalist. He is doing what academics do. He is compiling information and putting it together so the information can be viewed as a whole. In doing so he has cited many sources. In citing many sources he shows that the information is not coming from a singular source. I hope that my brief explanation of an academic paper helps you to compare and contrast it with your work. In my opinion you did a splendid job on your reporting. I would think that you would be thrilled to see your work cited in an academic paper. I would think that an article like this one would help to reignite interest and discussion of your work and that of others. I would welcome a clear, concise response that is free of inflammatory and pejorative remarks. Failing that I cannot acquiesce to your grand protestations that the entire article is plagiarized. I’ve followed the links and read the article. To me it appears that Dr. Ryan researched and presented the argument in such a way as to leave Browder any room to launch a barrage of legal injunctions to take it down. I hope you will read this Lucy and take a moment to reevaluate your position. As stated earlier if you wish to continue the assault on this article and it’s writer I would be happy to hear your justifications under the afore mentioned terms.

  76. @Vuki

    According to the FIB shyrlocks

    Epstein hung himself from a cord made from toilet paper with all the dotted lines super glued together

    just as plausible as planes flying through buildings

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  77. Vuki says:
    @potemkin villiage bank

    Common now Potemkin “crazy glue” was provided by the FBI so he could do that. Just as believable, or don’t you remember, the Mother of All Boats, a huge barn with one door and one window with a capacity large enough to hold seven pairs of all “clean beasts” and two pairs of all “unclean beasts that he gathered like kangaroos from what is now Australia, polar bears from the Arctic, penguins from Antarctica, mammoths, elephants, saber-toothed tigers…and herding them into the ark.
    The barn floated around full of poop. It was built by a 600-year-old guy named Noah who had a fondness for the bottle and a penchant for running around in the nude. He took with him three sons and four women I guess one for him. ..
    I think his sons and the women would have rebelled or committed suicide by jumping overboard even if they had fresh pork on the menu.

  78. If anyone is interested the full 2015 deposition of Bill Browder is available here.

    There is almost seven hours of the lying sack. It is well worth watching.

  79. The lede behind the Spiegel report is pretty simple.
    German businesses like doing deals with the Russians, and to have a manner of diversification in terms of customers etc.
    German businesses have obviously ties to German newspapers, and a compelling case can be made that signing up for the Magnitzy bullshit would simply cost Germany money. There may also be some residential butthurt, because Bowder outraped some would be German Bowder equivalents in the Rape of Russia.

    Giving certains elements in the US the finger by informing der Spiegel of some things is completely a valid play. Secondly, there are some highly placed US persons who, while being pretty hardcore Russophobes, nevertheless resent Bowder and his influence for mostly pragmatic reasons, such as giving a non US fraud highly undue influence over US foreign policy which weakens their own hold. Ironically, these people are frequently members of a certain tribe, and do not few Bowder as “one of theirs” very much, as he actually isnt that tight with something starting with M and ending with D as he occassionally implies. The something that starts with M and ends with D also takes a fairly dim view of third actors appropriating its reputation, particular when it comes to stealing shit on turf they have quite lucrative interests in, even more so when the scale of theft is an 9 digit dollar figure.

    In addition, while Germany is a vasall of the US, vasalls generally dont always do as they are ordered.

  80. Anon[277] • Disclaimer says:
    @Saggy

    And just the other day, America’s little lap dog, Boris Johnson and his government instituted sanctions against twenty five Russian citizens. AFTER THIS ARTICLE WAS PUBLISHED. The truth, like murder, will out!

  81. BrettH says: • Website
    @Anonymous

    Der Spiegel has also cooperated with the criminal oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky working with the NATO propagandist Bellingcat in an attempt to blame Russia for the death of a Chechen terrorist in Germany.

    While I find that extremely distasteful, it does demonstrate that in the case of Der Spiegel, unlike any of the UK or US mainstream media, does not have a standard propaganda line, because it also allowed Benjamin Bidder to do his investigation into Browder without interference.

    Of course, that fact alone doesn’t make either story true, they have to be evaluated on their merits, but it also strongly suggests that someone in the German government has given the go-ahead for publication. It is not in Germany’s interest to have a Magnitsky Act, every Russian malcontent who schmooses around the European capitals, will try to use it against Russia.

    Now the same goes for Australia, Browder has spewed his lies to an Australian parliamentary committee, stacked with fanatical supporters of the Henry Jackson Society, treating Browder like a movie star, and want to use the anti-sovereignty, anti-human rights, Magnitsky act to attack Chinese officials and thereby sabotaging our greatest export market, in a sick geopolitical game, which began when Browder wannabe Thor Halvorssen and his so-called Human Rights Foundation, began training Hong Kong radicals with help from some Ukrainian nazis.

    Browder is not alone, he is part of a massive Anglo-American hate Russia industry, comprising an assortment of Russophobic media, think tanks and quasi-govt groups like the Atlantic Council, Freedom House, CSCE, Henry Jackson Society. McCain Institute, Gatestone Foundation, The Legatum Institute, The German Marshall Fund, The Institute for Statecraft/The Integrity Initiative, London School of Economics, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Times of London, The Guardian, etc.. with at least 500 active bad actors on twitter, and far more lesser minions doing their bidding in almost all Western governments.

    Frankly, I don’t see how these warmongers can be stopped, before they destroy the planet, so far we have been spared only because we have people like Sergei Lavrov and Vladimir Putin in Russia.

    • Agree: annamaria
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  82. annamaria says:
    @BrettH

    “Browder is not alone; he is part of a massive Anglo-American hate Russia industry, comprising an assortment of Russophobic media, think tanks and quasi-govt groups like the Atlantic Council, Freedom House, CSCE, Henry Jackson Society. McCain Institute, Gatestone Foundation, The Legatum Institute, The German Marshall Fund, The Institute for Statecraft/The Integrity Initiative, London School of Economics, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Times of London.”

    –When looking with academic interests at the bacchanalia of hate exhibited by Anglo-American hate industry, one wonders, do these idiots and psychopaths have children and grandchildren? Do they really want to see the children’s’ bodies roasted and incinerated in a conflict initiated by the zionized Anglo-American ‘deciders?’ Lunatics. Their actions are directed by their pea-sized reptilian brains; everything else is stunted under the pressure of greed and opportunism. The whole ‘decider’ class consists of abnormals.

  83. A fascinating read on the Browder Saga is a book by Alex Krainer that has been published under several different titles to escape the hunt by Browder’s lawyers. A google search turns up “Grand Deception”; but there’ve been other titles.

    A large section of the book is devoted to analyzing the plunder of Russia under the Harvard boys and their Russian and (far more often) Jewish Cronies in Russia.

  84. @Vuki

    Here is a magnet link for the complete documentary The Magnitsky Act – Behind the Scenes

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