Financier Bill Browder, who once managed one of the biggest foreign investment firms in Russia, is on Vladimir Putin’s “hit list.”
Browder, 54-year, has worked to expose Putin’s corruption. During and interview with MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, Browder detailed the security measures he must go through to remain safe.
“Talk to us about what sort of security measures you’ve put in place for yourself,” Wallace said. “Are you worried about your safety generally?”
Browder said Putin has been trying to kill him for five years, so he has solid routine down.
“Well, the first thing I should point out is although the world has seen Vladimir Putin’s anger against me, this has been going on five years,” Browder said. “This is at no different a level now than it was five years ago. he’s very angry. He wants to destroy me, kill me or arrest me, and he’s been trying those things for a number of years.”
He continued: “Yes, I do have many security measures in place. The most important security measure is legal security. I only go to countries where governments will support me and not hand me over to Vladimir Putin.”
“That severely limits your travel, I would assume,” Wallace said.
Browder explained that there are several countries he feels safe in.
“Well, not really. I mean there are a number of rule of law countries around the world,” he said.
He said he has been arrested in Madrid, but the government let him go.
“The Spanish police arrested me, but two hours later I was released. I don’t think that I would have been sent back to Russia from Madrid. But let’s say I had been in Dubai, I’m sure those guys would be happy to give Vladimir Putin a little gift,” he said.
Browder also dismissed claims from the Russian government who accused him of being a killer.
“They make up criminal accusations against their enemies. They called me a spy. They said that I stole $4.8 billion of IMF money destined for Russia in 1998. They just throw this stuff out like candy against their enemies” he explained. “In order to try to discredit people who are fighting corruption or fighting for human rights, they try to criminalize them. It’s a standard operating procedure. They do it to every single person that’s a human rights activist. The more effective you are, the more allegations they throw out there.”