Post by Shep on Jul 18, 2018 20:44:28 GMT
Magnitsky’s death sparked tension between Russia and the United States, which late last year introduced sanctions against Russian officials accused of human rights violations.
The adoption of the so-called Magnitsky Act came after heavy lobbying from Browder and anti-Putin protest movement figures, notably Boris Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister who in 2012 met with senior members of Congress to push for the law.
Just weeks after the law was enacted, Russia banned US nationals from adopting Russian children. Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said the ban had been triggered by the Magnitsky Act, although this was later denied by other officials, including Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
Putin said late last year that the "politicization” of Magnitsky’s death "is not our fault.”
"Magnitsky was not some human rights activist, he was not fighting for the rights of all,” Putin told journalists at a massive news conference on December 20. "He was a lawyer for Mr. Browder, whom our law enforcement agencies suspect of committing economic crimes in Russia.”
Browder, who made a fortune doing business in Russia, has come up in controversies involving Fusion GPS, the American firm that commissioned the Christopher Steele dossier against Trump with funding ultimately from, in part, the Hillary Clinton campaign. Putin demanded that the United States “reciprocate” and allow Russian law enforcement access to William Browder. Putin claimed that “business associates of Mr. Browder have earned over $1.5 billion in Russia. They never paid any taxes. Neither in Russia, nor in the United States. The money escaped the country. They were transferred to the United States. They sent a huge amount of money, $400 million as a contribution to the campaign of Hillary Clinton…. It might have been legal, the contribution itself, but the way the money was earned was illegal.”
Browder Is the Grandson of the Former Head of the Communist Party in the United States
Browder is the grandson of Earl Browder, “a union organizer from Kansas who went to Moscow in 1927, married a Russian, and became the head of the Communist Party in the United States. The younger Browder grew up in Chicago, attended the University of Chicago, and later Stanford GSB.”
Browder’s story doesn’t add up and demonstrably fails to stand up in a court of law. Nonetheless, on the dubious strength of that story, Browder has been able to lobby the U.S. Congress to pass the Magnitsky Act in 2012 which needlessly damaged the relations between the U.S. and Russia.
Mark Twain warned us long ago about the “loud little handful,” shouting for war. Bill Browder has been one of the loudest and most effective among that loud little handful clamoring for a new Cold War with Russia. Where he failed in courts of law, his campaign of relentless demonization of Russia and of Vladimir Putin has been successful in the court of public opinion in the West.
As humanity finds itself on the precipice of yet another great war, what we need are bridges of mutual understanding and constructive engagement, not demonization. This book’s modest hope is to contribute to the construction of those bridges for I believe that the people of the United States and Russia, to whom this book is dedicated, hold the keys to the future of humanity.
Bill Browder has assumed, in promoting a fraudulent picture about Putin and Russia, including in his recent U.S. Senate testimony, which aided the near-unanimous passage of the new sanctions bill. Browder made a fortune through his looting of Russia, during the post-Soviet, western-imposed shock therapy regime, through privatization, which did incredible damage to the Russian economy and people, until Putin put an end to the theft of Russia’s national assets. When Russian authorities began investigating Browder’s companies for tax fraud, he invented the myth of his heroic “lawyer”, and used it to not just protect his companies and his ill-gotten wealth, but to lobby for anti-Russian sanctions, the Magnitsky Act.
What was Initially a ploy to evade taxes in both the US and Russia, has become a danger to all of us seeking normal commercial relations with a country that has so much to offer the world in culture, art, science and trade. We know how we can be manipulated by manufactured news and internet web sites, as the recent exposure of Cambridge Analytica’s use of Facebook data showed. The fact that Browder is using his money to buy censorship and legal protection through the Clintons only confirms that the truth is out there and will eventually emerge.
Bill Browder’s various memes concerning Russia, Russians and Vladimir Putin, as expressed in his book, Red Notice, as well as in his representations to the US Congress about the Magnitsky affair (which led to the so-called Magnitsky Act of 2012) and his agitation for sanctions against Russia and his Russia-baiting, have always smelled more than fishy to me, since Browder uses all of the smarmy language, and all of the tricks, of the worst and most vicious sort of CIA propaganda, as I have witnessed its development and application over the last 70 years (that’s right – count ’em – 70!) – demonization and flat out lies, that should be transparent, the aims of which are destabilization, chaos, mayhem and “regime change”.
I am constantly astounded by the extent to which supposedly intelligent people fall for this stuff uncritically. This doesn’t mean that I know what’s true – how could I, or how could anybody, given the depth and extent of prevarication? – but after a certain age, one should recognize the smell and be, at least, deeply suspicious. Browder’s narrative is thoroughly fraudulent. Browder’s account, along with the standard (CIA) narrative collapses like a house of cards.