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The fallen idol: seeing Putin in a new light

A review of Red Notice: How I Became Putin’s No. 1 Enemy describes Bill Browder’s thorough disenchantment with Russia’s president

7 February 2015

9:00 AM

7 February 2015

9:00 AM

Red Notice: How I Became Putin’s No 1 Enemy Bill Browder

Bantam, pp.360, £18.99, ISBN: 9780593072950

The way to think about Russia, Bill Browder told me in Moscow in 2004, using a comparison he recycles in Red Notice, is as a giant prison yard. Vladimir Putin, he argued then, had no choice but to destroy Mikhail
Khodorkovsky, the yard’s top dog and country’s richest man. One of a tribe of Western financiers who traversed a hermetic circuit of offices, guarded apartments, upscale restaurants and the airport, Browder would berate reporters for banging on about human rights abuses or atrocities in Chechnya.

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A.D. Miller is the author of the forthcoming The Faithful Couple, to be published by Little, Brown in March. Available from the Spectator Bookshop, £15.99 Tel: 08430 600033

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