Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russian Prosecutors Clear Investigator In Magnitsky Case

Posted by Info on 30/05/2011

The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office has established that the investigator who handled the Sergei Magnitsky case has done no wrong.

Lawyer Magnitsky died aged 37 in a Moscow pre-trial detention facility in 2009 after being refused medical treatment for pancreatitis. He had been detained as part of an investigation into embezzlement involving Hermitage Capital investment, for whom he was working.
Markin said investigator Oleg Silchenko had not violated any federal laws in “pressing criminal charges and arresting” Magtnitsky, as well as extending his custody pending trial.
Magnitsky claimed he had been falsely imprisoned by the same officials in the Interior Ministry who he had accused of embezzlement.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said the results of the investigation into the death of Magnitsky will be made public in the near future.
Human rights ombudsman Vladimir Lukin said he was unable to participate in the investigation due to insufficient aspects in Russian law.

Sergei Magnitsky, a corporate lawyer representing Hermitage Capital Management, once Russia’s largest portfolio investor, died mysteriously in pre-trial detention after being repeatedly denied medical care and in effect subjected to what in most civilised countries would be considered torture. A year later, his death has become a symbol of the mind-boggling corruption and injustice perpetrated by the Russian system, and the inability (or unwillingness) of the Kremlin to change it.

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