The man who fought to sanction Putin and Russian Oligarchs, a Big Brains Podcast with Bill Browder

The man who fought to sanction Putin and Russian Oligarchs Bill Browder explains how his work on the Magnitsky Act made him Russia’s No. 1 enemy.

When Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine in February of 2022, Western nations came together in an unprecedented fashion to condemn his actions in the form of economic sanctions against Putin and his Russian oligarchs. The question is how were these sanctions implemented so quickly and what was the international legal infrastructure than enabled us to target the oligarch’s assets in the west? A major tool that Western nations have used to enact sanctions is called the Magnitsky Act.

Two years ago, we interviewed the man responsible for the creation of this act: Bill Browder, CEO of Hermitage Capital Management and a University of Chicago alum. We think it’s worth re-airing that interview in the current context to get a deeper understanding of the sanctions against Russia, Putin’s regime and how a few brave people forged a pathway to hit him where he’s weakest.

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