Vlad Tidings


This afternoon.

Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Social Democrats co-leader Catherine Murphy welcomes Vladimir Putin-critic Bill Browder, founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, head of the Global Magnitsky Justice Campaign and author of Red Notice.

Mr Browder was the largest foreign investor in Russia until 2005, when he was declared “a threat to national security” for exposing corruption in Russian state-owned companies. His lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky testified against state officials and was subsequently arrested, jailed without trial, tortured and died in prison.

The subsequent American bi-partisan Magnitsky Act authorises the US government to sanction those who it sees as human rights offenders, freezing their assets, and ban them from entering the US.

Mr Browder made a presentation to Senators and TDS regarding a possible Irish/EU Magnitsky Act.


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36 thoughts on “Vlad Tidings

  1. eoin

    Catherine Murphy has the best intentions, and by all accounts, what happened to Sergei Magnitsky was appalling, but is this a battle that Ireland really wants to pick? Do we want to go out of our way to sidle up to a British businessman who reputedly made $1.5bn from the wild west of Russia in the 1990s and early 2000s and who has been convicted of tax fraud in Russia and sentenced in absentia to nine years (western countries refuse to arrest him saying the Russian charges were political)?

    When an Irish Magnitysky Act to sanction certain Russians has been mooted before, Russia has made noises about restricting child adoptions and Russia has large investments and holdings in Ireland. I really think Catherine Murphy has far bigger fish to fry.

      1. jusayinlike

        He renounced his citizenship and became a UK citizen when the US introduced laws requiring offshore assets to be declared for taxation.

    1. Andrew

      He’s not British, there are already sanctions in place re: AML and CFT and if you think we should ignore Russian corruption and abuse for the sake of foreign adoptions and laundering dirty money then you have warped priorities.

          1. jusayinlike

            You don’t even know Browders citizenship and you lecture me on waffle..


            Tell me why was Browder convicted of tax evasion and fraud in Russia?

          2. Andrew

            He’s an American, have you ever heard him interviewed? He’s American born and lived almost his entire life in America. The British citizenship is a flag of convenience.

          3. jusayinlike

            So he’s a British citizen not an American.

            “a convenience..”

            convenient for what? oh yea, tax avoidance..

            Thanks for agreeing with me.

      1. eoin

        If you think Ireland should pick up the cudgel for a British financier who made billions in the wild west of Russia then you can jog on. There is corruption in Russia, no doubt but it’s no worse than Mexico, are we supposed to pick up the cudgels for Mexico if a British former billionaire comes calling?

    2. RuilleBuille

      Browder is a convicted fraudster.

      Murphy shines the spotlight on O’Brien (rightly so) yet promotes this fraudster.

  2. phil

    I wonder if Catherine Murphy might come to regret courting Bill , there are other reasonable people in the world unconnected with Russia who have a very different view of Bill ….

    1. bisted

      …I really think Catherine Murphy is one of the best performers in the Dail…but why does she keep such strange company…

      1. gringo

        Catherine Murphy is promoting a devious little fascist. Be interesting to see if the politicos swallow his propaganda.

  3. scottser

    The cynic in me wonders how consistently the US applies this law. Like, any Israeli assets, or Saudi, maybe?

    1. bisted

      …Oh…I was talking about Bacik and the darling of BS…they haven’t taken the holidays in Tel Aviv…yet…

      1. Shayna

        Funny Bisted, you should mention Tel Aviv – I was recently refused entry to Tel Aviv. Luckily, the entry was at the departure gate in Rome. The stamps on my (Irish) passport revealed that I’d visited/spent prolonged periods? – in Muslim countries. I went back to Malaga and thought about it for a bit. I was angry, humiliated and mostly angry again. It reminded me of each time I departed – a lot – and detained under The Prevention of Terrorism Act 1971. I went to Jersey (Channel Islands) in ’92 – I was held at the airport on return to Heathrow – it appears, my visit was too brief. I was returning on the same plane that got me there. I was detained in Cyprus at Larnaca Airport a couple of months later I always wonder, is it how I look – is my hair too blonde, am I too tall, am I too nice – too Irish – is that why I’m a suspected terrorist? If I am, I’m terrible at it.

        1. bisted

          …but…but…Maureen Lipman…but…didn’t you tell them about all the wonderful zionazis you’d worked with and you’re apologia on Broadsheet…and you’re admiration of their wonderful regime…the ingrates…

          1. Shayna

            Ah? Sure! My apologia on BS? I’m pretty sure I have to apologize all the time. I’m an Atheist , I respect everyone’s faith.

        2. Shayna

          I know, not entirely relevant, but it felt good to get a load off to “Old BS Types” – Ta, Bisted.

          1. bisted

            …perhaps you should ask Ivanna for lessons on how she gets away with it…also tall, blond but with an ability to talk out of both sides of her mouth at the same time…

          2. realPolithicks

            If you look up the definition of “one trick pony” in the dictionary you’ll see a photo of bisted.

  4. Dub Spot

    there goes the medical profession, journalists, and religious orders from their golfing retreats in Florida.

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