William Browder on the State of Law in Putin's Russia

This special lecture is introduced by Denis Galligan, Professor of Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford and Board Member of the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society, which hosted this event at Wolfson College on 6 November 2015.

William Browder then gives a firsthand account of corruption, dirty politics, and murder in Russia. 

Browder was the largest foreign investor in Russia until November 2005, when he was suddenly denied entry to the country and declared “a threat to national security”. 


Since 2009 when his lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, died in a Russian prison, Browder has been leading a global campaign to expose the corruption and human rights abuses endemic in Russia. As a result, the ‘Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act’ was signed into US law in 2012, imposing visa bans and asset freezes on certain officials involved in Magnitsky’s death.