Europe and Russia

Bill Browder: Surviving Vladimir Putin’s Wrath

July 12, 2022  • Aspen Community Programs

Bill Browder, Founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management and author of the bestseller Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice, will discuss his new book, Freezing Order (April 2022) with Ray Suarez, host of World Affairs on KQED 88.5 FM. Browder’s new book chronicles his work exposing the vast Russian money laundering scheme that made him Putin’s number one enemy and prompted Russia’s intervention in the 2016 US presidential election.

You can purchase his book Freezing Order: A True Story of Money Laundering, Murder, and Surviving Vladimir Putin’s Wrath here

“An essential work by someone who understood long before the rest of the world did just how far corrupt Russian officials and businesspeople will go to defend their ill-gotten wealth, and how foreign lawyers, lobbyists and public relations firms enable them… Browder’s Freezing Order is not just a cracking good read — it is a reminder of the urgency of addressing the global plague of money laundering.”— The Washington Post

“Riveting…An eye-opening exposé of the lengths Putin’s cronies will go to hide their crimes and punish their accusers.”Publishers Weekly

“Freezing Order could not have come at a better time. It is among a crop of excellent recent books about Russia…If its subject matter weren’t so grave, the book could be said to have all the elements of a high-octane drama. Murder. Conspiracy. Piles of dirty money. Sexual intrigue. Freezing Order shudders with the constant threat of assassination, abduction or sudden, extreme violence. It is a tense and gripping read…Good stories cut through, and this is one of them. Bearing witness to wrongdoing is a necessary step in reversing it. A book can be a kind of justice in itself.” —The Time (UK)

Bill Browder is the founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management and was the largest foreign investor in Russia until 2005. Since 2009, when his lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, was murdered in prison after uncovering a $230 million fraud committed by Russian government officials, Browder has been leading a campaign to expose Russia’s endemic corruption and human rights abuses. Before founding Hermitage, Browder was vice president at Salomon Brothers. He holds a BA in economics from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Stanford Business School.

Ray Suarez is a host of the radio and podcast series World Affairs, heard on KQED San Francisco and public radio stations around the country. His podcast series Going for Broke has won several national awards, and his current series on cancer and recovery, The Things I Thought About When My Body Was Trying to Kill Me, releases new episodes on Thursday mornings. Suarez joined the PBS NewsHour in 1999 and was a senior correspondent for public television’s national news program until 2013. He hosted the NPR’s Talk of the Nation from 1993-1999. In more than 40 years in the news business, he has worked as a reporter in London and Rome, as a Los Angeles correspondent for CNN, and for the NBC-owned station WMAQ-TV in Chicago.