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The Cautionary Tale of Sergei Magnitsky.

To the Trump supporters:

You have no idea what kind of people you voted for. But it is on you to find out. At least do your research.

Sergei Magnitsky was a Russian lawyer who represented the interests of venture capitalist Bill Browder in Russia. Browder made an enemy in Vladimir Putin when he started to expose Putin’s criminal activity. Basically, Putin’s Russia is like The Godfather on steroids cubed.

Putin had Browder deported and Browder quickly got his money out of Russia after paying a hefty tax. What happens next to his lawyer Magnitsky is chilling and horrific. Browder has been in an international crusade to bring justice in Magnitsky’s name ever since.

Preet Bharara at the podcast Stay Tuned talked with Browder in his latest episode. This is going to be a movie someday. Magnitsky is one of those rare people like John McCain. Tough as nails. But what happened to him should give us all chills because now that Trump and his gang are in charge, and I include any Republican who is bowing to the wishes of his donors right now, we are all living under a criminal enterprise of massive proportions.

The meetings that Manafort and the Trump campaign set up with Russian government representatives were for the purpose of undoing the Magnitsky Act. That is Putin’s goal and he aided the candidate he thought most likely to help him get it done.

I don’t know what law or laws were violated last year. Was it treason? Did it have to do with money laundering? I am not a lawyer. But make no mistake, what happened here was an act so unimaginable to most Americans that we are only now wrapping our heads around it.

Obama should have done more. I guess everyone assumed Hillary would win. And in a way, the whole ugliness of the 2016 campaign is being exposed at the same time with the treatment of women by media guys just beginning to come to light. Maybe the Russia thing might have gotten more attention if there weren’t a group of influential guys and their fraternal order getting away with treating women like shit and assuming they weren’t smart enough to run the country. Let’s get it all out because we should all be dumbstruck with outrage and incredulity at what a clusterfuck we are in now.

The Magnitsky affair puts the whole campaign in the proper perspective. Putin owns us.

I wish I were exaggerating.

And if I were a family member living with someone who is wired to Fox News, I’d take a sledgehammer to the cable box and “cut the cord”. It’s pumping poison into your home. It’s unAmerican and you’re living with the enemy.