When you are taking on the richest billionaires in a country in order to expose their embezzling ways, I would recommend not picking Russia as that country. Go for, hmm, New Zealand or maybe Scotland. Somewhere nice is my pick. Not somewhere where the tight grip of Stalinism still has a firm choker hold on everything and anything.
This story… well, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was the Russian version of Wolf of Wall St or Wall St for that matter, in any case is the true tale of Bill Browder.
Who is Bill Browder? From his bio, he’s a pretty clever fellow who has made a stack of cash working with a massive investment firm which was one of the largest foreign investors in Russia up until 2005 when he was no longer allowed to enter the country.
Red Notice aims to expose the huge amounts of corruption, dirty politics and murder that underpins the Russian economy. Browder’s own lawyer was beaten, tortured and eventually murdered in some of the shadiest dealings and trumped up legal proceedings of the past decade. Something of trend in Putin’s Russia, Browder does not pull any punches in this book as he quite literally calls out the offenders of his colleague’s murder.
From his book “when the Russian government turns on you, it doesn’t do so mildly – it does so with extreme prejudice”. Browder was trying to take down some of the wealthiest people in Russia, ones that didn’t just have government connections, but practically ran the government itself.
It’s fair to say that during his time as an investor in Russia, Bill Browden pissed off a lot of people. They exacted their deadly revenge in the hope of putting a stop to his attempts to make them clean their acts up. As Red Notice reveals, he didn’t stop, he only begun to fight back.
Red Notice does a great job of exposing just how corrupt and how far the Russian economic and political scene has not come. They said the Iron Curtain fell in 1989 when the Berlin was torn down, but this book shows that that curtain is still quite comfortably in place.