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The European Parliament called to impose sanctions on 32 Russians in the “Magnitsky case”

A resolution calling to impose sanctions on the “Magnitsky case”, the European Parliament adopted on 13 September

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The European Parliament has urged the European Union to impose sanctions on 32 Russian officials believed to be involved in a criminal case against lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. This follows from a resolution adopted by the European Parliament on 13 September.

“We believe it is necessary as soon as possible to submit for consideration of the Council of Ministers of the European Union list of sanctions against 32 Russian officials involved in death of Russian Sergei Magnitsky,” – said in the text of the resolution.

MEPs call to ban officials to obtain visas to EU countries and freeze their financial assets in the EU.

Sergei Magnitsky – the lawyer of Fund Hermitage Capital in 2008 reported the theft of large sums from the Russian budget. In November 2008 he was arrested on charges of involvement in tax evasion. In 2009, he died in SIZO “Matrosskaya Tishina”. The doctors reported the death from a rupture of the pancreas as a result of pancreatic necrosis. Later investigation said Magnitsky died of a heart attack.

In December 2012, the US passed the Magnitsky act, imposing personal sanctions against persons responsible for violation of human rights and the rule of law in Russia. Initially, the list included 18 people, mostly law enforcement officers, which, according to the compilers of the list were relevant to the investigation of the criminal case against Magnitsky. The “Magnitsky list” expanded several times. The last time was in January of 2017, when the US introduced the head of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation Alexander Bastrykin and the state Duma Deputy Andrei Lugovoi.

In December 2016, the US Congress adopted the “global Magnitsky act”, in the same month it was signed by President Barack Obama. According to the law, the President of the United States may impose sanctions against the citizens of any foreign state, if it is proven that they are relevant to gross violations of human rights and corruption. Sanctions may include the prohibition of entering the US and freezing of assets.

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