U.S. Senator Rubio Calls for Adoption of Global Magnitsky, Honouring Magnitsky’s Anniversary
Senator Rubio has called to intensify U.S. sanctions on those responsible for the murder of Sergei Magnitsky and the assassination of Boris Nemtsov. Senator shared his thoughts and prayers with the family and colleagues of Sergei Magnitsky who was killed six years ago at the age of 37 in Russian police custody after exposing the largest publicly known tax refund corruption case in Russian history. Senator Rubio also called on the Senate to pass the Global Magnitsky bill to stand up to corruption and human rights abuses.
U.S. Senator Rubio’s statement on the 6th anniversary of death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky:
“Today marks the 6th anniversary of Sergei Magnitsky’s murder at the hands of Russian officials. Sergei was detained and tortured for over a year after exposing Russian government corruption. The anniversary of his brutal murder reminds us that governments will go to great lengths to hide their corrupt practices, even take an innocent man’s life. Unfortunately, the Russian officials who are responsible for Sergei’s murder remain at-large. The U.S. should intensify efforts to implement the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 to bring to justice the individuals responsible for Sergei’s death as well as other Russian human rights violators, such as those involved in the brutal assassination earlier this year of Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov.
In honor of Sergei’s memory, the Senate should pass the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act which would impose financial and visa sanctions on individuals responsible to human rights abuses and corrupt government officials around the world. The United States should not allow these criminals access to our country or financial institutions.
My thoughts and prayers are with Sergei’s family and friends today as they remember a man who died for trying to expose the corrupt practices of the Russian government. The United States stands by the Russian people on this sad day and will continue to support their efforts to ensure their leaders respect the rule of law.”