Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

U.S. Puts Russian Officials Connected With Magnicky Dead On Visa Blacklist

Posted by Info on 26/07/2011

The U.S. State Department has put Russian officials connected to the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky on a visa blacklist as Moscow threatens to curtail cooperation on Iran, North Korea, Libya and the transit of supplies for Afghanistan if the Senate passes a measure imposing even tougher sanctions for human rights abuses.

The European Parliament, Canada and the Netherlands are moving toward their own visa bans for a list of 60 Russians involved in the case.
The United States, however, is the first to have an active blacklist for the Russians, although senior U.S. officials say it has fewer than 60 names.

Magnitsky was working for an American law firm in Moscow and advising Hermitage Capital, the large Western investment company run by William Browder, when he accused police and tax officials of a $230 million tax fraud. He was quickly arrested and himself charged with the crime.
Almost a year later, in November 2009, he died 37 years old in prison after being denied medical care for apparent pancreatitis and most likely being badly beaten in his final hours. Those connected to the case were given promotions and public commendations, until this month, when the authorities announced that two low-level prison doctors would be prosecuted for neglecting Magnitsky’s care.


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