The official story:
- Bill Browder was an American businessman who ran a hedgefund in Russia.
- Corrupt Russian cops, with the help of the Russian mafia, stole his business through a convoluted fraud scheme.
- The lead cop grew rich from his stolen money.
- Sergei Magnitsky was one of Browder's lawyers.
- Magnitsky reported the fraud to the Russian government.
- Magnitsky was arrested and brutally treated in jail.
- 7 riot cops beat Magnitsky to death while he was handcuffed.
- The official cause of death listed 'heart failure'.
- Browder has since spent all his time and money lobbying Western governments to sanction Russian individuals in honor of Magnitsky, and scored a major breakthrough when US Congress passed the first round of anti-Russia sanctions via the Magnitsky Act in 2012.
What they discovered instead:
- Bill Browder used a simple 'power of attorney' to transfer his company to the Russian mafia.
- Magnitsky was never a lawyer, but rather an accountant.
- Magnitsky had worked for Browder since the 1990s.
- Magnitsky met with the Russian mafia to transfer the ownership.
- Browder used this period of unclear ownership to launder over $200 million.
- The mafiosi in question then died mysteriously. Along with several other mafiosi.
- The lead cop bought his house before property values went up.
- The lead cop sold his house to fund a defamation lawsuit against Browder.
- A woman who worked for Browder reported the crime.
- Browder and HSBC called the report false.
- Magnitsky went to jail and was asked to testify.
- No record exists of Magnitsky reporting any crime.
- Magnitsky had diabetes and died of neglect.
- Magnitsky's mother believes the prison was negligent, but did not intentionally kill her son.
- Browder is using the Magnitsky story to avoid an Interpol warrant for tax fraud in Russia.
- Browder's sworn testimony in the US contradicted his company's statements in Russia.
- Browder's sworn testimony relies on him not remembering details he wrote a best-selling book about.
- Every official Western report concerning this case relies solely on Bill Browder and his sources.
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