Just over 2 hours long- Absolutely worth watching in my opinion- And yes, I watched it entirely. Hope you do as well and then share some thoughts, of course!
Censored worldwide since 2016: the politically explosive documentary The Magnitsky Act.
British-American financier Bill Browder was Russia’s largest foreign investor in the 1990s. During the 1998 Russian crisis, his fund lost almost one billion dollars. In 2005 he was expelled from the country as a “security risk”. In 2009, his employee Sergei Magnitsky died mysteriously.
According to Browder, his company was stolen by Russian officials and criminals and misused for a $230 million tax fraud. His lawyer Magnitsky uncovered this and got arrested, tortured and murdered in a Moscow prison.
Browder subsequently lobbied for the U.S. Magnitsky Act, which in 2012 for the first time imposed sanctions on Russian officials. The Council of Europe, too, adopted a report condemning Russia.
Movie director Andrei Nekrasov, a well-known Putin critic, wanted to film this story. But during the shooting he became increasingly doubtful: he realized that Magnitsky was not Browder’s lawyer, but his accountant, and that he was arrested not as a whistleblower, but as a suspect in the tax fraud allegedly organised by Browder himself.It's hard to believe after all this time that anyone, anywhere, thinks Magnitsky was a 'lawyer' or a ' human rights lawyer' or what ever other nonsense Browder spews which is then regurgitated by the media?!
Back in 2011, when AP, Thirteenth Monkey and myself worked on this article Tuesday, 16 August 2011 Magnitsky Report at the then cooperative blog Suspicious Deaths we reported that Magnitsky was an accountant. Any other claims are bullshit!
Bottom line if Browder lies about the simplest of fact-- Magnitsky's occupation, why should or would anything else that man stated be taken at face value?
The final film traces this surprising turn of events. European TV channel ARTE, which had commissioned the original film, did no longer want to broadcast the final version. A screening at the European Parliament, on Press Freedom Day 2016, was cancelled at short notice, and a book on the case got censored by Amazon. In 2018, the film was eventually leaked.