Sergei Leonidovich Magnitsky was a Russian tax accountant, lawyer and auditor who worked for the Moscow legal and audit firm, Firestone Duncan. He was married and a father of two. Sergei was born in Odessa, Ukraine www.billbrowder.com/sergei-magnitsky
Magnitsky Act A 2012 U.S. law Russian President Vladimir Putin and everyone in his orbit hates. Congress wanted to punish Russia after the 2009 death of Sergei Magnitsky in a Moscow prison. The law symbolized the deteriorating relations between the U.S. and Russia. Days after Congress passed it, the Russian parliament responded by banning American citizens from adopting Russian orphans. THIS was the pretext of Veselnitskaya trying to meet Donald Trump Jr. www.npr.org/2017/07/14/537247838/what-really-irritates-vladimir-putin-the-magnitsky-act
Everything about Bill Browder in the MSM is lies, it all leads to Clintons and the CLinton Foundation.
Magnitsky was not Browder's lawyer. Browder admits that in his April 15, 2015 Katsyv/Prevezon case deposition in US federal court. (The case, brought by the Justice Department at Browder’s instigation, targeted Katsyv, a Russian who Browder said had received $1.9m of the $230m.)
He was asked if Magnitsky had a law degree in Russia. “I’m not aware that he did,” Browder said. Did he know if Magnitsky “went to law school?” “No,” Browder answered.
See that in a video clip. Browder really didn’t want to give that deposition. Here see him running away from a process server!
Magnitsky was his accountant, in fact, the accountant who managed the tax evasion of Browder’s company, Hermitage. Here see him identified as “workplace: auditor” in Firestone Duncan, No. 8 on his three testimonies. The one below was in 2006, eight months before the famous raid. It was about Hermitage tax evasion.
Magnitsky didn’t blow a whistle. The first indication of the $230m tax refund fraud was by Rimma Starova, who worked for one of the implicated shell companies and, when she read in the papers authorities were investigating, in April 2008 went to police to give testimony to put herself in the clear.
The fraud involved shell companies colluding on a lawsuit, paying fake liabilities and then claiming a tax refund for that amount.
Paul Wrench, working for Browder, filed a complaint about the fraud in July 2008. He was asked in a sworn deposition in US federal court in the Prevezon case November 2015, who he discussed it with.
Q. Did you discuss this document with anyone at the time you signed it? A. At the time I signed it? I would have discussed this document before signing it. Q. With whom? A. With Ivan Cherkasov. [Browder’s partner.] Q. Anyone else that you recall? A. Not that I recall.
Six years after Magnitsky’s death, with Browder shouting to the world he was a whistleblower, Wrench under oath does not back Browder up.
Browder told the tax refund fraud story to the New York Times and Vedomosti at that time. It’s in his book, page 236.
Magnitsky does not mention the fraud until October 7, 2008, at an interrogation to which he was summoned as a suspect in Browder’s tax evasion –for which he was arrested the following month — when he tells of “a fraud of budget monetary assets in the amount exceeding 5 (five) billion rubles.” That is six months after Starova’s first testimony. Three months after publication in Vedomosti and The New York Times.
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. kek.gg/u/PyLf
What Paul Manafort’s Trump Tower notes mean May 22, 2018 – The Senate Judiciary Committee’s Trump Tower meeting testimonies were released May 16th. So far, a week later, the mainstream media has not analyzed Paul Manafort’s “cryptic” notes. Not hard if you look at Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya’s testimony that presents in more detail what she said at the meeting. Which the media ignore. Perhaps because it would spotlight inconvenient truths about Bill Browder and his major client, Ziff Investments.
Veselnitskaya wanted to meet Don Trump Jr
Browder donated $400,000 to HELLary July 20, 2018 - Putin accused Bill Browder of donating $400,000 to HILLARY CLINTON! Putin would permit Mueller to Russia to assist in their investigation of the supposed Trump-Russia collusion story. Then the US could reciprocate Russia in investigating Bill Browder.
Browder illegally earned over $1.5 billion in Russia and never paid any taxes in Russia or the United States.
Putin believes some US intelligence officers guided these transactions. Putin asked President Trump if Russia could interview Obama’s Ambassador, Michael McFaul over Bill Browder financial crimes. Democrats and media melted down! Sarah Sanders said Trump rejected Putin’s request. kek.gg/u/vc5N
Bill Browder, the false crusader for justice and human rights and the self-proclaimed No. 1 enemy of Vladimir Putin has perpetrated a brazen and dangerous deception upon the Western world. Browder uses all of the smarmy language, and all of the tricks of the worst and most vicious sort of CIA propaganda, as we have witnessed its development and application over the last 70 years: demonization and flat out lies, the aims of which are destabilization, chaos, mayhem and “regime change” in Russia. The extent to which intelligent people fall for Browder tales uncritically is astounding.
Browder has been squashing any dissenting voices to his narrative: The Magnitsky Act — Behind the Scenes documentary by Andrei Nekrasov has not been shown because the Browder lawyers had basically attacked everybody involved in trying show it. Browder Shenanigans Browder and Edmond Safra (1932–1999) founded Hermitage Capital Management in 1996 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.
Following the Russian financial crisis of 1998, Browder remained committed to Hermitage’s original mission of investing in Russia, despite significant outflows from the fund. Hermitage became a prominent activist shareholder in the Russian gas giant Gazprom, the large oil company Surgutneftegaz, RAO UES, Sberbank, Sidanco, Avisma and Volzhanka. Browder exposed management corruption and corporate malfeasance in these partly state-owned companies. He has been quoted as saying: “You had to become a shareholder activist if you didn’t want everything stolen from you”.
In 1999, Avisma 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 US 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.
In 1995–2006 Hermitage Capital Management was one of the largest foreign investors in Russia, and Browder amassed millions through his management of the fund. In both 2006 and 2007, he earned an estimated £125-150 million
In March 2013, HSBC, a bank that serves as the trustee and manager of Hermitage Capital Management, announced that it would end the fund’s operations in Russia. The decision was taken amid two legal cases against Browder: a libel court case in London and a trial in absentia for tax evasion in Moscow.
Conflict with Russian government In 2006, after ten years of business deals in Russia, Browder was blacklisted by the Russian government as a “threat to national security” and denied entry to the country. The Economist wrote that the Russian government blacklisted Browder because he interfered with the flow of money to “corrupt bureaucrats and their businessmen accomplices”. Browder had earlier supported Russian president Vladimir Putin.
As reported in 2008 by The New York Times, “over the next two years several of his associates and lawyers, as well as their relatives, became victims of crimes, including severe beatings and robberies during which documents were taken”. In June 2007, dozens of police officers “swooped down on the Moscow offices of Hermitage and its law firm, confiscating documents and computers. When a member of the firm protested that the search was illegal, he was beaten by officers and hospitalized for two weeks, said the firm’s head, Jamison R. Firestone.” Hermitage became “victim of what is known in Russia as ‘corporate raiding’: seizing companies and other assets with the aid of corrupt law enforcement officials and judges”. Three Hermitage holding companies were seized on what the company’s lawyers insist were bogus charges.
The raids in June 2007 enabled corrupt law enforcement officers to steal the corporate registration documents of three Hermitage holding companies. They perpetrated a fraud, claiming (and receiving) the $230 million of taxes paid by those companies to the Russian state in 2006. In November 2008 one of Hermitage’s auditors, Sergei Magnitsky, was arrested. He was charged with the very tax evasion that he was investigating. Magnitsky died on November 16, 2009 in prison, after eleven months in pretrial detention, nearly the limit allowed under the law.
As a result of the controversy related to his arrest and evidence of mistreatment and abuse, his death aroused international coverage and outrage. Magnitsky’s death was the catalyst for passage by the U.S. Congress, of the Magnitsky Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 14, 2012. The act directly targeted individuals involved in the Magnitsky affair by prohibiting their entrance to the United States and their use of its banking system. The Russian government too retaliated by prohibiting adoption of Russian children by American citizens, and prohibiting certain individuals from entering Russia.
In February 2013, Russian officials announced that Browder and Magnitsky (an accountant and not a lawyer)would both be tried for evading $16.8 million in taxes. In March 2013, Russian authorities announced that they would be investigating Hermitage’s acquisition of Gazprom shares worth $70 million. The investigation will be focusing on whether Browder violated any Russian laws when Hermitage used Russian companies registered in the region of Kalmykia to buy shares. (An investigation by the Council of Europe’s Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights cleared Browder of the accusations of improprieties that surfaced at this time.) At the time, according to the Russian law, foreigners were barred from directly owning Gazprom shares. Browder has also been charged with trying to gain access to Gazprom’s financial reports.
Browder admitted having sought influence in Gazprom but denied any wrongdoing. He said that purchasing Gazprom shares was an investment in the Russian economy, and the desire to influence the Gazprom management was driven by the need to expose a “huge fraud going on at the company”. He also said that the scheme of using Russian-registered subsidiaries entitled to tax advantages was practised by other foreign investors at the time and was not illegal. He also said that he believed the trial was a response to the United States passing the Magnitsky Act, which had blacklisted Russian officials involved in Magnitsky’s death from entering the U.S. The Financial Times reported that this trial was the first in Russian history that included a dead defendant.
Amnesty International described the trial as “a whole new chapter in Russia’s worsening human rights record” and a “sinister attempt to deflect attention from those who committed the crimes Magnitsky exposed”. The American weekly magazine The Nation had said in December 2012 that the Magnitsky Act “recklessly and needlessly jeopardized US-Russian cooperation in vital areas from Afghanistan and the Middle East to international terrorism and nuclear proliferation”.
On 11 July 2013, Browder was convicted in absentia by a district criminal court in Moscow on charges under article 199 of the RF Criminal Code (tax-evasion by organisations), and sentenced to nine years. Magnitsky was posthumously convicted of fraud. In May 2013 and again in July 2013, Interpol rejected requests by Russia’s Interior Ministry to put Browder on its search list and locate and arrest him, saying that Russia’s case against him was “predominantly political”.
In April 2014, the European Parliament unanimously passed a resolution to impose sanctions on more than 30 Russians complicit in the Magnitsky case; the first time in the parliament’s history that a vote has been held to establish a public sanctions list.
In addition to having Hillary Clinton and the DNC as clients, Fusion GPS was also an agent of the Russian government.
FusionGPS was hired by the law firm of Baker Hostetler to compile a dossier on Bill Browder, a London banker. Browder lobbied strongly for passage of the Magnitsky Act, or Russia sanctions bill. The bill is named for an employee of Browder who died under suspicious circumstances in a Russian while investigating the loss of $350 million. The sanctions bill must he re-authorized every several years. Glenn Simpson, a founding partner of Fusion GPS, compiled the dossier for the Russian sponsored anti-Browder project and worked closely with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer. Denis Katsyv, the owner of Prevezon Holdings, sought to undo and limit the impact of sanctions in the 2016 re-authorization bill. BakerHostetler, the firm representing Katsyv and Prevezon Holdings made a payment to FusionGPS on March 7, 2016, court records indicate. Through October 31, 2016 BakerHostetler paid FusionGPS $523,651.
Natalie Veselnitskaya was granted special immigration parole status by Obama Attn. General Loretta Lynch to represent Prevezon Holdings in an asset forfeiture agreement for $6 million with the U.S. government over a Russia money-laundering suit on May 12, 2016. Veselnitskaya overstayed her immigration parole status to work for FusionGPS in an illegal lobbying scheme for repeal of Russian sanctions. Neither Veselnitskaya nor FusionGPS registered as Russian agents under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
Simpson’s Russian lobbying work involved passing stories to his deep network of journalism contacts in order to undermine the Magnitsky Act. Bill Browder, a London banker whom the Russians cheated out of $350 million, confirmed FusionGPS was paid by Russia through the Katsyv family. The Katsyv family is headed by Pyotr Katsyv, Vice President of ‘Russian Railways’, a huge Russian transportation company, in which the Russian government is the sole shareholder. The Obama FBI and DOJ ignored Browder's Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) complaint.
FARA violations Throughout the Trump-Russia scandal the Magnitsky Act was used as a pretext to justify the Obama administration's illegal domestic spying on domestic political opponents.
The Magnitsky Act of 2012 is the Russian Sanctions bill. Named for Serge Magnitsky, an investigator who was allegedly starved and murdered on the 357 day of a 365-day sentence while in a Russian prison. His employer, Bill Browder, is a billionaire global investor who beginning in the mid 1990s made very large investments in the Russian Federation. Browder at one time was a good friend of Vladimir Putin. Browder had invested about $230 million with Russian oligarchs, however by the 2010s suspected fraudulent accounting after sustaining massive losses. Browder sent Magnitsky to investigate, but instead was thrown in prison and accused of owing taxes for the company he represented which was trying to recover its losses.
Browder contacted Sen. John McCain with the story and a list of very powerful Russian oligarchs close to Vladimir Putin whom Browder accused of stealing his money. When the Crimean annexation occurred in 2014, McCain used Browder's list to create a "targeted sanctions" list of specific individuals, oligarchs, and businesses who now, by the Magnitsky Act, are blacklisted by all US citizens and businesses from doing business with. Among them is a company called Prevezon Holdings.
On March 31, 2017 Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Grassley inquired of the Justice Dept. about a complaint filed in July 2016 alleging FusionGPS, authors of the Clinton-Steele dossier, acting as an unregistered agent of Russia in a lobbying campaign to rewrite and overturn the Magnitsky Act, a law named for a whistleblower who was allegedly murdered while in custody in Russia. The law imputed sanctions against certain Russian officials. Grassley wrote that when FusionGPS reportedly was acting as an unregistered agent of Russian interests, it simultaneously was creating the Steele dossier of unsubstantiated allegations of conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians. The Obama Justice Dept. had done nothing since July 2016 to respond to the complaint of FusionGPS' violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
The committee also sought to determine the extent to which the FBI relied on the Steele dossier in its investigation. Grassley requested documentation from Fusion GPS as to who hired and paid them, when Steele was hired, how the FBI got involved and whether Fusion GPS was aware of the FBI paying Steele.
On July 21 Sen. Grassley subpoenaed Glenn Simpson, founder of FusionGPS in the matter of unregistered lobbying on behalf of Russian clients (FARA violations) for the repeal of sanctions (the Magnitsky Act).
On July 28, 2017 Bill Browder testified before Senate Judiciary Committee on Russian employment of FusionGPS. FusionGPS simultaneously was employed by Clinton operatives and was offered cash by James Comey for corroborative evidence of the Clinton-Steele dossier which FusionGPS manufactured with the help of Russians to smear Donald Trump. Browder provide further details in August of FusionGPS being paid by Russia, through the Katsyv family, headed by Pyotr Katsyv, Vice President of ‘Russian Railways’, a huge Russian transportation company, in which the Russian government is the sole shareholder.
During Comey's Congressional testimony three weeks later Donald Trump Jr. sent out 80 tweets critical of Comey, evidently still fuming over the May 8, 2017 "emergency meeting" with Comey and CIA cyber experts.
On July 8, 2017 Mark Corallo, attorney for Donald Trump, Jr. revealed that FusionGPS, a firm employed by the Clinton campaign and the DNC, had misrepresented themselves to arrange a meeting between Donald Trump Jr, and a Russian lawyer in the Summer of 2016 in an effort to compromise the Trump organization. Reports also indicate Natalia Veselnitskaya, the FusionGPS operative and Russian lawyer who lobbied for repeal of Russian sanctions (the Magnitsky Act), was granted special immigration parole status by Attorney General Loretta Lynch's office, so she could represent her Russian client Denis Katsyv and his company, Prevezon Holdings Ltd.,
Trump-Putin Press Conference from Helsinki, Finland
POTUS meets Putin 16 July 2018 President Donald Trump met Russia President Putin in Finland. They visited about 2 hours, then they had a press conference together. Are they buddies now? My guess is - YEAH!
As for Crimea, Obama put a Nazi govt in Kiev, Crimea preferred Russia. They had a vote and media refuse to accept the will of the people.
WHY did Vladimir Putin mention Bill Browder at summit? Clinton Foundation Ziff Investments Sergei Magnitsky Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya wanted to meet Don Trump Jr
Browder cheated Russia Magnitsky Act never should have happened
Bill Browder was a corrupt hedge fund operator who went to Russia in the early 1990's during the dissolution of the Soviet Union with the goal of fleecing the struggling Russian Federation of billions of assets. This he managed to do...until the Russian Federation tax authorities got wise to him and closed in with their investigation.
Browder not only fled with hundreds of millions of dollars stolen from the Russian State, but, through his connections in the Deep State of USrael, he was successful in turning the tables on Russia...accusing them of exactly the same crimes that he himself was CONVICTED of in a Russian Federal court. Not only that, he has been successful in getting the United States, Latvia, The European Union and that pathetic vassal of Ziofascism, Canada, to pass something called the Magnitsky Act...which Act sanctions Russia and creates trade, business and investment barriers between Russia and the west...thus isolating Russia.
Additionally, the Magnitsky Act also acts as a method of preventing any further investigation into the crimes and cAlex Krainer went from being a "believer" in the Bill Browder "legend" of victimization into a writer who was astounded at the corruption he covered...all sourced to one man. Apparently there has also been a video documentary made on this topic which produces evidence provided by Russian court documents which not only prove Browder's tax fraud and corruption...but indicate that Browder may have himself been behind the arrest of his "lawyer" [actually his accountant, Magnitsky], who was up to his eyeballs in Browder's tax fraud...who then died while incarcerated in a Russian prison.
My take away from the hour 1 and 1/2 interview is that it is about a case at the heart of a titanic struggle between the two most powerful entities in the world at this point in history...the deep state...and the Russian Federation, led by Putin.