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Dutch Travel + Economic Sanctions Against Russian Involved in Magnitsky Dead

Posted by Info on 05/07/2011

Russian lawyer likely beaten to death: Kremlin council

The Dutch parliament has voted unanimously for a resolution to impose travel and economic sanctions against Russian officials allegedly involved in the Sergey Magnitsky case.
The Dutch legislators supported initiatives which had been put forward by the American Senate and the European Parliament.

Serghei Magnitsky, a lawyer for the Hermitage Capital Management Fund, was arrested by Russian authorities on charges of alleged tax evasion and died of a heart attack while in a Moscow pre-trial detention facility in November 2009. The fund maintains that the true reason for his detention was that he had uncovered a multi-million corruption scheme involving high-ranking state officials. His family and colleagues also claim he was abused in prison and deliberately denied medical aid. Russian prosecutors, however, say they have not found any evidence of wrongdoing.
The Dutch legislators have underlined “the unacceptability of a situation in which Russian officials responsible for the death of the 37-year-old lawyer…who uncovered a large-scale corruption [scheme] go unpunished”.
The deputies urged the government of the Netherlands to freeze the assets of Russian officials’ on Dutch territory and ban them from entering the country.

The Russian State Duma is also debating whether to ban foreigners from entering Russia if they violate the rights of Russians abroad.

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