Freezing Order by Bill Browder

Freezing Order by Bill Browder is a must read book, particularly at this time. Browder recounts his story of fighting to get the Magnitsky Act approved and the legal challenges as russia was trying to stop him. They used American and British lawyers to stop him, they used American, British, and European politicians for their propaganda and disinformation, they used American journalists to lie. State actors should not be able to influence so easily what is happening on sovereign soil, and we should all be aware of what is happening because we need to be able to understand the news and what our politicians are saying to us.

Browder published a book, Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice, in which he talked about Sergei Magnitsky, his Russian lawyer who was killed in jail because he valued the truth more than his own life.

Freezing Order by Bill Browder

I saw Browder give a talk a couple of months ago, at one of the Oxford colleges. He had his bodyguards with him, despite the event being for Oxford students only (all our badges were checked to allow entry into the lecture theatre). I was so impressed by his words and how he talked, so frankly and genuine. I wanted to read his books, and I started with the second one just because it was available at the local library. I will get the first book, because I want to know more about Sergei Magnitsky.

I think this book should be read because russia was involved in 2016 elections and it will be even worse next year, as they earmarked more money for their disinformation in their budget for next year (I mean, who cares that ~1 in 4 russians do not have indoor toilets, they have money for disinformation). The most shocking is, of course, how happy are lawyers to work with russians, and some journalists and some politicians. It is on us to make sure we know the truth and reading this book will definitely show some of that truth.

Freezing Order by Bill Browder

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My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: Yes!!
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Year it was published: 2022
Format: Hardcover
Genre(s): Politics & Economics
Pages: 336

About the author: Bill Browder, founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, 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.
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2 thoughts on “Freezing Order by Bill Browder”

  • It frustrates and depresses me when I think of all the corruption going on in the world today. Not that corruption is anything new, but it seems so much easier to perpetrate in this digital age. The way things seem to be shaping up for the 2024 US election almost leaves me speechless.
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    • Corruption is at the heart of this book, but it also shows how the system and ideology of freedom can be manipulated, by a few people (who are corrupt). I highly recommend this book for this reason too. It’s shows the issues on a wider scale.

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