In 2012, the Obama administration passed the Magnitsky Act to ban certain Russian officials from the U.S., freeze their assets kept in Western banks and real estate and also prohibit them from using the U.S. banking system. The move came in retaliation to the death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who uncovered a massive government scheme to steal money and was thrown into jail and tortured as a result.
Bill Browder, formerly a foreign investor in Russia, joined Friday’s “The Glenn Beck Radio Program” to talk about the dangers of Russia and Vladimir Putin as well as his recent testimony in front of a Senate judiciary committee. His testimony was part of the investigation into Russia’s influence on the 2016 election.
Browder was Magnitsky’s client when the lawyer discovered a scheme where Russian officials were forging documents to take $230 million from Browder’s investment fund, alleging that he owed the money on his taxes. When Magnitsky testified against the officials, he was arrested, tortured and essentially murdered in prison, dying because he was denied medical care.
The Russian president is less a strategist and more “blunt and basic” when it comes to his demands, Browder asserted. During his Senate testimony, Browder said that Putin would do anything – whether he can get away with it or not.
“[Putin] kind of goes around the world doing whatever he wants,” he told Glenn on Friday's show.
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