GENEVA, February 19, 2018 – Bill Browder, the CEO of Hermitage Capital who has devoted his life to pursuing the Putin regime’s human rights abusers through sanctions legislation, today addressed the United Nations opening of the 10th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy — see quotes below. For links to other speakers’ quotes, videos, photos, livestream, and more, click here.

On Russia’s arrest and abuse of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky:
  • “In Putin’s Russia, there are no good guys. Instead of arresting the people who stole the $230 million, the same people that Magnitsky testified against came to his house and arrested and tortured him.”
  • “They put him in cells with no heat and no window panes in December in Russia. Cells with the lights on all the time and full of mosquitoes.”
  • “On November 16, 2009, Magnitsky went into critical condition and the authorities at the prison with no medical wing decided to send him to a prison with medical facilities. But when he arrived instead of putting him in the emergency room, they put him in isolation and beat him to death with batons.”
On the Magnitsky Act:
  • “After Congress passed the Magnitsky Act, other victims came forward and said ‘you’ve found the Achilles heel of the Putin regime – ban the people who killed my brother, my father, my sister, my uncle.’”
  • “Then people from other parts of the world came and said why not China? Why not Iran? Why not Venezuela?”
  • “My hope is that this becomes a standard tool for fighting impunity in the world. I hope it will send chills down spines of dictators and totalitarian despots who are ruining the lives of their population.”