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Who is Bill Browder, Vladimir Putin’s Enemy Number One?


Bill Browder may seem like a mild-mannered financier, but he is, perhaps, nemesis number one for Russian President Vladimir Putin. The 53-year-old is the CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, once the largest foreign investor in Russia. But in 2006, the authorities kicked him out of the country, calling him a threat to national security. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security briefly banned him in late October after the Russians had him placed on the Interpol list.

In a telephone interview from London, Browder spoke to Newsweek about Putin, corruption and his family’s history with the American Communist Party. Read the interview here.

Bill Browder is a former speaker at the John Adams Institute. He spoke in February 2015 at De Duif about his true-life political thriller Red Notice: