Russian President Vladimir Putin in July, singled out American-born businessman Bill Browder at a joint press conference in Helsinki, Finland. Putin, standing alongside President Trump, named Browder and his business dealings. Browder was the largest foreign investor in Russia until he was arrested in 2005 and expelled from the country. His corporate documents were seized by Russian authorities, he says, and the young lawyer he hired to investigate—Sergei Magnitsky—was arrested and died in prison. Seeking justice, Browder lobbied for the Magnitsky Act, which he says prevents “Russian torturers and murderers” from using America’s banking system. In this discussion with CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux, Browder talks about the Helsinki summit, the infamous Trump Tower meeting, and why he says he’s not afraid of Putin. This discussion was held on July 27th at the Resnick Aspen Action Forum in Aspen, Colorado.
Check out articles and video related to this show.
- Putin Target Bill Browder Explains Why He Isn’t Living In Fear, The Aspen Institute
- Putin singles out Bill Browder at Trump’s Helsinki press conference, MSNBC
- A Conversation with Henrly Crown Fellow, Bill Browder, Resnick Aspen Action Forum (video)
- How I Became Putin’s No. 1 Enemy, Aspen Ideas Festival (video)
- Who Is Bill Browder, Kremlin Foe Singled Out in Putin’s Offer?, The New York Times
- The Magnitsky Act, explained, Washington Post
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