Episode 03: Bill Browder – CEO and co-founder of Hermitage Capital Management

Bill Browder is a an American-born British financier and political activist. For the past several years, he has led an international campaign to expose corruption and human-rights abuses in Russia. His efforts culminated with the 2012 passage of the Magnitsky Act, which forbids “gross abusers” of rights in Russia from banking in or visiting the United States. The Act is named after Browder’s lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, a whistleblower who died in a Moscow prison in 2009. In this wide ranging interview Martin Woods talks to him about the scourge of corruption and money laundering through financial institutions and what can be done to stop it.

AML Talk Show Hosted by Martin Woods

In this series of monthly podcasts, our host Martin Woods will interview key figures in the world of financial crime prevention and examine successes and failures in the global fight against money laundering and related crimes including drug trafficking, bribery and corruption, sanctions evasion, human trafficking and tax evasion.

Transcript

So, morning, everybody. I'm with Bill Browder, the CEO of Hermitage Capital, the head of the Global Magnitsky Justice Campaign, and the author of Red Notice, a self-made man, and correct me if I'm wrong, Bill, is there still an international arrest warrant out for you in your name?

Well, worse than that. So, Russia has convicted me twice in absentia and sentenced me to 18 years in prison in Russia if I was ever to go anywhere near Russia, and they're constantly going back to Interpol time and time again. They've gone eight times to Interpol to try to have me arrested. They've requested the British government for my extradition. There's new criminal cases opened up against me in Russia, and they're now going after me for murdering Sergei Magnitsky, my lawyer who I've been fighting for justice for the last 10 years.

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