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Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russia: More Officials To Be Sued Over Magnitsky Death

Posted by Info on 18/07/2011

Lawyer Sergei Magnitsky died after almost a year in Moscow’s pre-trial detention center in November 2009. He had been arrested on tax evasion charges just days after
Magnitsky was working for the Hermitage Capital investment fund. He had claimed to have uncovered massive fraud on the part of law enforcement officials claiming that police investigators had stolen $230 million from the state just 2 days before he was detained by some of the same officials. His death led to an international outcry.

Kremlin human rights council report said Magnitsky’s death at the age of 37 was likely to have been the result of a beating and that the charges against him were fraudulent.

Today the Russian Investigative Committee has launched a criminal case against two former pre-trial detention center staff Larisa Litvinova and Dmitry Kratov.
Litvinova, who was Magnitsky’s doctor, is charged with causing the lawyer’s death by neglecting to render professional care. Her superior at the detention center, Kratov, is charged with negligence.
“The work on the Magnitsky case is ongoing; we are in contact with investigators almost every day,” Kabanov said.“We must get to the bottom of it, including the role of law enforcement and state security service officials.”

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