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Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russia Bars US Officials To Take Revenge Over Magnitsky Case

Posted by Info on 15/08/2011

Russia has drawn up a list of Americans who are banned from entering the country, in a response to a US move to blacklist dozens of Russian officials accused of involvement in the death of the lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.
As Moscow is furious at what it sees as pressure and interference in its internal affairs.

Sergey Ryabkov, Russia’s deputy foreign minister, told the respected daily Kommersant yesterday that Russia’s retaliatory list would include “people who cause problems in Russian-American relations”.
The exact names of the people on the Russian list have not been made public.

The original American list contains officials from the interior ministry and prosecutor’s office implicated in Mr Magnitsky’s death. He died in a Moscow prison in 2009 after being charged with helping the investment fund Hermitage Capital evade taxes. He denied the charges, and his supporters say they were trumped up by corrupt officials trying to cover up an enormous tax fraud that the lawyer had uncovered.

Labour MP Chris Bryant believes the Russian officials on the US blacklist should also be banned from the UK. “I have provided a list to the Home Office and strongly pushed that they should not allow any of these people visas to the UK”.

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