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Vadim Nikitin: Browder’s Fraud Story, 5 October 2023

Freezing Order: A True Story of Russian Money Laundering, Murder, and Surviving Vladimir Putin’s Wrath 
by Bill Browder.
Simon and Schuster, 328 pp., £9.99, February, 978 1 3985 0610 7
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... in Ukraine, which once again thrust the oligarchs centre stage, has also given a new platform to Bill Browder, one of their most vocal critics. A US-born British citizen, Browder made millions in Russia in the 1990s and early 2000s through his hedge fund, Hermitage Capital. For several years, Hermitage was the largest ...

Bastilles and Battalions

Sarah Resnick: On Rikers Island, 22 September 2022

Captives: How Rikers Island Took New York City Hostage 
by Jarrod Shanahan.
Verso, 433 pp., £20, May, 978 1 78873 995 5
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... people who can’t afford bail – had been held for more than twelve months. In 2015, Kalief Browder, a 22-year-old community college student, died by suicide in his childhood bedroom in the Bronx. Browder had spent three years on Rikers after being accused, aged sixteen, of stealing a backpack. By the time the charges ...

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