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Bill Browder on 'Red Notice", death threats from the Kremlin

Businessman Bill Browder knew a thing or two about how to make millions in Vladimir Putin's Russia. But even he didn't know just how brutal the price of business could be amongst the Kremlin's cronies.
"If I get assassinated, everyone will know exactly who did it." - Bill Browder, author of "Red Notice", says he fears for his life from Vladimir Putin today. (Simon and Schuster)

Businessman Bill Browder knew a thing or two about how to make millions in Vladimir Putin's Russia. But even he didn't know just how brutal the price of business could be amongst the Kremlin's cronies. Bill Browder recounts the brutal tale of his own lawyer's torture and death and his quest to bring justice to bear on the new Russian bear. 

The 2013 trial of Sergei Magnitsky in Russia was such an example of the theatre of the absurd, that it's since been turned into theatre itself -- Mr. Magnitsky, a lawyer who worked for a Western businessman, was imprisoned by Russian authorities - and was tortured to death. Only then after his demise was he put on trial.

The co-defendant in that trial is still very much alive today. He's businessman Bill Browder, and Sergei Magnitsky was his lawyer.

The story is all told in his new book, "Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder and One Man's Fight for Justice."

Bill Browder was in New York City.

We contacted the Russian Embassy in Ottawa to see if it wanted to respond to the allegations raised by Bill Browder. We are still waiting to hear back.

This segment was produced by The Current's Howard Goldenthal.

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