Bill Browder recounts how his actions and those of his associates became entangled with enormous corruption and human rights violations by Russian oligarchs. This book was published in 2014 and republished in 2015, well before the U.S. 2016 presidential election and the resulting investigation, yet it is the backstory to at least some of the meetings between the U.S. administration and Russian officials. Browder details the events that led to Russia stopping U.S adoptions of Russian children, the topic that Donald Trump Jr. stated he discussed with Russians. Browder lays out factually how the adoption ban was a direct retaliation for the Magnitsky Act, which allows the U.S. to sanction foreign government officials (initially Russian officials) implicated in human rights violations.
Red Notice is a must read for anyone interested in events unfolding in the investigation to presidential election interference or looking for a book focused on standing up to power.
“financier Bill Browder has emerged as an unlikely central player in the ongoing investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Sergei Magnitsky, an attorney Browder hired to investigate official corruption, died in Russian custody in 2009. Congress subsequently imposed sanctions on the officials it held responsible for his death, passing the Magnitsky Act in 2012. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government retaliated, among other ways, by suspending American adoptions of Russian children.”
“In the end, the Kremlin's massive propaganda campaign against U.S. adoptions, conducted mostly on state-controlled television, was a big success. Unfortunately, the Kremlin showed that if you repeat lies about U.S. adoptions often enough, many Russians — 76 percent, according to a January VTsIOm poll — will accept them as truth.”