Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russia To Reopen Magnitsky Investigation

Posted by Info on 02/08/2011

The United States has recently imposed visa bans on at least 60 Russian officials allegedly involved in Magnitsky’s death.

Magnitsky was working for the Hermitage Capital investment fund when he was arrested as part of an embezzlement and tax evasion investigation. He had claimed to have uncovered massive fraud on the part of law enforcement officials just before he was detained by some of the same officials. His death led to an international outcry.

Russia’s Constitutional Court has recently ruled that the death of a defendant must not lead to the closure of the investigation, especially when the closure is opposed by the relatives.

Russian investigators have been ordered to reopen the case
of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, which had been closed after his death in police custody.

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