Q&A: Browder stands defiant
Q&A with Bill Browder, founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, the biggest foreign investor in Russia.
Who do you think is behind your expulsion?
I don’t know who caused it. It is one of the most talked about conspiracy theories circulating around Moscow these days. I can say who didn’t do it. I am the most outspoken western supporter of president Vladimir Putin, so it seems very unlikely that this was a political decision. In my view this was caused by someone misusing administrative resources for business purposes.
Was it a bolt from the blue?
Not really – I’ve never been complacent. We’ve been shareholder activists in Russia for 10 years; there are lots of people who are not happy with us and we are used to problems like this.