Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Sergei Magnitsky Was Subjected To “Physical And Psychological Pressure”

Posted by Info on 29/12/2009

An independent commission has condemned Russian authorities over the treatment of a lawyer who fought official corruption and died in prison.

The Moscow Public Oversight Commission’s report concludes that Sergei Magnitsky was subjected to “physical and psychological pressure” and names officials blamed for his death. Magnitsky, 37, died last month after being denied treatment for pancreatitis he developed while in jail. He was arrested in 2008 on tax evasion charges linked to his defence of Hermitage Capital Management, a multibillion-dollar fund headed by a British investor.

“A man who is kept in prison is not capable of using all the necessary means to protect either his life or his health. This is a responsibility of a state which holds him captive. Therefore, the case of Sergei Magnitsky can be described as a breach of the right to live. The members of the of the civic supervisory commission, have reached the conclusion that Magnitsky had been experiencing both psychological and physical pressure in prison, and the conditions in some of the wards of Butyrka can be justifiably called torturous. The people responsible for this must be punished.”

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