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Red Notice: A True Story of Justice, Murder & One Man's Fight for… (edição 2015)

por Bill Browder (Autor)

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"A real-life political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his dangerous mission to expose the Kremlin's corruption"--Amazon.com.
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Título:Red Notice: A True Story of Justice, Murder & One Man's Fight for Justice
Autores:Bill Browder (Autor)
Informação:Simon & Schuster Canada (2015), Edition: Reprint, 416 pages
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Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice por Bill Browder

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True story of the first investor in grossly undervalued Russian companies, who makes enormous returns for himself and his partners, but antagonized Russian oligarchs without much thought about the risks to himself, his family, his employees and agents. Then, the unthinkable happens, and Bill Browder has a new mission: justice and retribution. Non-fiction that seems too incredible to be true. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Bill Browder gives us a true story but he tries too much.

He tries too much to persuade us that the only good Russians are the ones that stayed by his side. Everyone else is corrupt to the bone, indifferent to their community's sufferings and injustice, only interested in earning money no matter what.
He tries too much to persuade us that Putin is an evil, malevolent, despicable dictator who cares not at all about the country he rules, but only about his bank account and his comrades in crime.
He tries too much to persuade us that he (Browder) is a hard working, honest person, who upholds high ideals and values, and tries every day to bring justice to the best of his abilities.
He tries too much to persuade us that all the politicians that helped him bring the Magnitsky bill to vote were emotional, caring people and the rest were indifferent, cruel persons who couldn't see beyond the end of their noses.
He tries too much to persuade us that his adventure in Russia was the result of a conflict bound to happen between two opposite sides: the dishonest, cheating, criminal vs the good, honest, hardworking free market representatives.
He tries too much to persuade us that he is a good, benevolent person.

None in the western 'civilised', 'democratised' world we live in doubts the fact that Russia under Putin's regime is not a free and just state. But how much different from our western societies Russia really is?
Don't we face daily cases like the one Browder describes in the west? How much different are the cases of Edward Snowden, Julian Assnage, Mordechai Vanunu, Chelsey Manning, and so many others that chose to reveal the truth only to be condemned, unjustly sentenced and imprisoned or exiled?
Don't we have countless cases of torturing to death of innocent people by agencies like the CIA, the MI6, the Mossad, the Mabahith? Don't we have facilities like Guantanamo?
So why should we be awed or inspired by Browder's book? Only because we have the right to vote every four years?
Why should we be emotionally touched or care at all for Browder's success? Only because he managed to pass a bill that prohibits a few corrupt Russian officials to travel to the US? Or maybe because wherever he recounted the story of Sergei Magnitsky the audience burst into tears?

Browder is no more innocent than the people he accuses of stealing taxes from the Russian state (and I do believe him that they did).
The collapse of the Eastern Block saved western capitalism by a mathematically scheduled crisis, by introducing new, virgin markets to exploit (eventually the crisis wasn't avoided completely but delayed for a few years). Browder was one of our envoys arriving to these 'newfound' lands to spread our belief in money and wealth through debt; to teach the ignorant indigenous people the values of our true western religion: capitalism.
Without any remorse or hesitation he bought for pennies priceless stakes of exceptionally wealthy companies all over the ex-eastern-block countries. He made a fortune and at the same time the majority of the population of these countries became even poorer than they were before the political change. Of course he wasn't the only one. He knew very well that his efforts to exploit this new untapped wealth will bring him face to face against some of the most dangerous people in these countries. People that had already some power status from before and weren't going to allow any westerner to take what they considered to be theirs.

What kind of person decides to sink into the mud along with brutal, ruthless individuals?

Browder accuses his opponents of stealing from the Russian people and thus rendering them poorer. How exactly do we call his dealings in the ex-eastern markets when he was buying for a few dollars stocks of ex-public enterprises from naive poor people who didn't know what they had in their hands? People for which even a few dozen dollars were absolutely necessary to survive the day?

Browder made billions not because he is an honest, hard working person, but because he is as brutal and ruthless as the people who fought him in Russia.

Don't read this book as a manifesto about honesty and justice, but as the testimony of one of the combatants in an ugly and dishonest war between wealthy people. ( )
  Stamat | Apr 20, 2021 |
Bill Browder comes off as greedy and self-serving. He bemoans the fact that 22 Russian oligarchs managed to cheat the Russian people out of 39% of their public works while he seemed to have been doing exactly the same thing. However, the information about the enactment of the Magnitsky act is priceless. While I think his push to make the Russian government pay for the death of his "friend" and lawyer probably stems from a desire for vengeance rather than from any love of humanity, he nevertheless has accomplished a great deal in making Putin at least slightly responsive to law. ( )
  Citizenjoyce | Feb 12, 2021 |
Bill Browder went to Russia early in his career in the 90s, got involved in various deals around privatizations (many of which were horribly underpriced; the right thing for Russia would have been a much more orderly privatization, rather than being exploited by external traders and domestic oligarchs), then later got involved in crusades against corruption. As a result, he made enemies within Russia, and then some combination of political enemies and economic avarice led to a campaign against him, including the murder of a tax attorney working for him. Ultimately, Browder ended up becoming a human rights crusader rather than a fund manager.

This book makes me so angry at GHWB and especially Bill Clinton for failing to prioritize real reforms in Russia in the 90s. Putin, the oligarchs, and corruption in Russia all resulted from this.

(This audiobook would have been stronger if the author had narrated the entire book himself, rather than just the last chapter.) ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
I read this after [b:Red Plenty: Inside the Fifties' Soviet Dream|6481280|Red Plenty Inside the Fifties' Soviet Dream|Francis Spufford|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1328267463s/6481280.jpg|6672528] and found it to be a good supplementary title. The first 2/3 of the book are well-written, and I found myself looking forward to finding out what happens next. But once Browder has his visa revoked and is prevented from entering Russia, the pacing really slows and doesn't ever speed up again, which is what took this review from 5 stars to 4.

Still, not many books can give you ~8 hours of 'page-turning' interest, especially when dealing with topics like international finance and human rights. Would definitely recommend reading, particularly for those with an interest in Soviet Russia and its impact on the current Russian Federation. ( )
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