During a trip to Lithuiania to meet with politicians and journalists, Hermitage Capital CEO, William Browder took time to speak to Lithuanian TV channel about the Sergei Magitsky case.
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Russian lawyer Nikolai Gorokhov, who represents Sergei Magnitsky’s family, remains in the intensive care unit at Moscow Botkin hospital. His condition is presently assessed as serious, but not critical. He is conscious and responsive and this morning Nikolai was able to speak to doctors.
“Our thoughts and prayers are now with Nikolai and his family at this difficult time,” said William Browder, leader of the global Magnitsky justice campaign.
Since last night, Russian state media carried statements from Russian law enforcement sources dismissing foul play.
Details about the incident with Nikolai Gorokhov were first publicised soon after the incident by life.ru, a Russian media organization reportedly connected to Russian state security services.
The details presented by life.ru and other Russian state-controlled media contradict the information available from eyewitnesses. The notable differences concern the number of workers at the scene who were delivering a bathtub to the upper floor of the apartment building where the lawyer lives, and the whereabouts of the people at the scene during the incident.
Nikolai Gorokhov was scheduled to appear this morning, at 10:50 am, in front of the Moscow City Appeals Court to argue the shocking new “Pavlov Leaks” case exposing organized crime and corruption in the US$230 million fraud investigation in which all Russian officials were exonerated and Sergei Magnitsky was accused posthumously.
The new evidence submitted by Nikolai Gorokhov in particular shows regular communications between Andrei Pavlov, lawyer for the Klyuev organized crime group who was involved in the US$230 mln fraud, and Oleg Urzhumtsev, ex Interior Ministry investigator (sanctioned under the US Magnitsky Act), who helped Pavlov and others to evade responsibility for their role in the crime that Sergei Magnitsky exposed. Certain Klyuev gang members are identified in the communications by their criminals aliases such as “The Bold” and “The Great.”
The outcome of the hearing at the Moscow City Court today is not known.
Boris Nemtsov, the Russian politician, was assassinated near the Kremlin on 27 February 2015.
Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer, uncovered the largest publicly-known corruption case in Russia involving the theft of $230 million, testified about it naming complicit officials. Sergei was arrested by some of the implicated officials, held for 358 days in pre-trial detention in torturous conditions, and killed in Russian police custody on 16 November 2009.
On the 6th anniversary of Sergei Magnitsky’s murder, 16 November 2015, the Sergei Magnitsky Human Rights Awards were launched. The first Sergei Magnitsky Award for Campaigning for Democracy was awarded posthumously to Boris Nemtsov.
Statement by Bill Browder on the Sergei Magnitsky 2015 Human Rights Award for Democracy to Boris Nemtsov (presented posthumously)
Boris Nemtsov was a courageous man, and a true friend of the Magnitsky Justice campaign. He was a steadfast supporter of our initiative to impose targeted Western sanctions on Russian officials involved in human rights abuse and corruption.
Boris shamed weak Western diplomats who tried to appease the Russian leader, because he was convinced that the sanctions are the necessary, effective and morally right way to stand up to Russian official impunity.
Both Boris and Sergei were optimists and believed in a brighter future for Russia. They show us that Russia produces great people with humanity and integrity.
Their loss is a tragedy for Russia and the world.
The fact that both were killed in cold blood, and in both cases those responsible have not been brought to account, is the call for action.
We cannot bring Boris and Sergei back, but we owe it to them to carry on with our cause, to seek justice in the form of further Magnitsky sanctions on corrupt officials and human rights violators by countries around the world.
Magnitsky Sanctions List of 32 Persons Adopted by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament
1. ALISOV, Igor, born 11 March 1968;
2. DROGANOV, Aleksey (a.k.a. DROGANOV, Alexei), born 11 October 1975;
3. EGOROVA, Olga, born 29 June 1955;
4. GAUS, Alexandra, born 29 March 1975;
5. GERASIMOVA, Anastasia, born 22 January 1982;
6. GRIN, Victor, born 1 January 1951;
7. KARPOV, Pavel, born 27 August 1977;
8. KHIMINA, Yelena (a.k.a. KHIMINA, Elena), born 11 February 1953;
9. KLYUEV, Dmitry (a.k.a. KLYUEV, Dmitriy or KLYUEV, Dmitri),born 10 August 1967;
10. KOMNOV, Dmitriy (a.k.a. KOMNOV, Dmitri), born 17 May 1977;
11. KRIVORUCHKO, Aleksey (a.k.a. KRIVORUCHKO, Alex or KRIVORUCHKO, Alexei), born 25 August 1977;
12. KUZNETSOV, Artem (a.k.a. KUZNETSOV, Artyom), born 28 February 1975;
13. LOGUNOV, Oleg, born 4 February 1962;
14. MAYOROVA, Yulya (a.k.a. MAYOROVA, Yulia), born 23 April 1979;
15. PAVLOV, Andrey (a.k.a. Pavlov, Andrei), born 7 August 1977;
16. PECHEGIN, Andrey (a.k.a. PECHEGIN, Andrei), born 24 September 1965;
17. PODOPRIGOROV, Sergei, born 8 January 1974;
18. PONOMAREV, Konstantin, born 14 August 1971;
19. PROKOPENKO, Ivan Pavlovitch, born 28 September 1973;
20. REZNICHENKO, Mikhail, born 20 February 1985;
21. SAPUNOVA, Marina, born 19 June 1971;
22. SHUPOLOVSKY, Mikhail, born 28 September 1983;
23. SILCHENKO, Oleg, born 25 June 1977;
24. STASHINA, Yelena (a.k.a. STASHINA, Elena or STASHINA, Helen),born 5 Nov 1963;
25. STEPANOVA, Olga, born 29 July 1962;
26. STROITELEV, Denis, born 23 January 1973;
27. TAGIEV, Fikhret, born 3 April 1962;
28. TOLCHINSKIY, Dmitry (a.k.a. TOLCHINSKY, Dmitriy or TOLCHINSKIY,Dmitri), born 11 May 1982;
29. UKHNALYOVA, Svetlana (a.k.a. UKHNALEV, Svetlana or UKHNALEVA,Svetlana V.), born 14 March 1973;
30. URZHUMTSEV, Oleg, born 22 October 1968;
31. VINOGRADOVA, Natalya, born 16 June 1973;
32. VORONIN, Victor, born 11 February 1958
U.S. Secretary Kerry submitted the 2013 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices to the United States Congress. The report on Russia says that human rights advocates believe the posthumous case against Sergei Magnitsky was fabricated and was retaliatory. The report also notes the failure of the Russian authorities to bring those responsible for Magnitsky’s death to justice.
Administration of Justice: Authorities had yet to bring to justice the individuals responsible for the deaths of prominent journalists, activists, and whistleblowers, notably Sergey Magnitskiy…
In the case of Sergey Magnitskiy, a lawyer who died of medical neglect and abuse while in pretrial detention in 2009, at year’s end authorities had not brought those responsible for his death to justice, and the Investigative Committee closed its investigation of the circumstances of his death in March claiming to have found no evidence of wrongdoing…
During the year authorities initiated criminal proceedings against a deceased individual. On July 11, a court found whistleblower Sergey Magnitskiy guilty of tax evasion in the first posthumous trial in the country’s history, in a case that human rights advocates believed was fabricated. On July 11, a court posthumously convicted Sergey Magnitskiy of tax evasion. The retaliatory case against Magnitskiy was opened after he attempted to expose large-scale government tax fraud and was investigated in part by individuals whom he had accused. He later died in custody after prison authorities denied him medical treatment. Despite widely publicized, credible evidence of criminal conduct that resulted in Magnitskiy’s death, authorities failed to prosecute those responsible.
William Browder is the founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management. He was the largest foreign investor in Russia until November 2005, when he was suddenly denied entry to the country and declared “a threat to national security” by the Russian government for exposing corruption at large Russian companies. Since 2009 when his lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, died in a Russian prison after uncovering a US$230 million fraud committed by Russian government officials, Browder has been leading a global campaign to expose the corruption and human rights abuses endemic in Russia. See more at billbrowder.com
Magnitsky Case Cover up Revealed in Persons and Documents. New Magnitsky Justice Campaign Project Will Expose Russian Officials Involved in the Cover Up of Sergei Magnitsky’s Death
16 December 2013. The Magnitsky Justice Campaign today launches a new project: «“Magnitsky Case Cover up Revealed in Persons and Documents».
The first exposé of the new project features the role played by Russia’s Deputy General Prosecutor Victor Grin in the cover up of Sergei Magnitsky’s ill-treatment and death.
The aim of the new Magnitsky justice project is to expose the officials in the Russian government who concealed the criminal liability of those involved in Magnitsky’s torture and killing and the crimes he had uncovered, highlight available materials which reveal how the cover up is done, who is involved, and who contributes to it.
The new documents show that Prosecutor Grin was the key official overseeing Magnitsky’s case while Sergei was in custody. Yet, in spite of his conflict of interest, after Magnitsky’s death he was assigned as the key official deciding on whether there were any violations of the law.
Documents published today feature the role of Prosecutor Grin, including:
- The failure by Deputy Prosecutor Grin to address the complaint about Magnitsky’s ill-treatment in custody filed by Magnitsky’s colleague Jamison Firestone in October 2009. It was assigned to Prosecutor Grin for an immediate probe, following an intervention from the U.S. Ambassador to Russia, ten days before Sergei Magnitsky’s death in custody [http://followmydata.net/SMRULE/D1720.pdf],
- A secret conclusion issued by Prosecutor Grin 18 months after Magnitsky’s death, on 20 May 2011, which stated that there had been no violations of the law by Interior Ministry investigators who mistreated Magnitsky in custody, [http://followmydata.net/SMRULE/D1910.pdf]. This decision was then used by the Russian Investigative Committee to justify their failure to prosecute Interior Ministry’s officials in the Magnitsky case.
- Order of 16 June 2011 by Prosecutor Grin falsely naming Magnitsky after his death for the $230 million theft that he had in fact uncovered:[http://followmydata.net/SMRULE/D1017.pdf]
Documents published today further show how as part of the cover-up of Interior Ministry officials, Prosecutor Grin initiated two criminal cases falsely targeting Sergei Magnitsky after he died. Lawyer for the Magnitsky’s family protested these posthumous decrees by Prosecutor Grin as being contrary to Russian domestic and international legal obligations and based on falsehoods but to no avail:
- Order of 30 July 2011 by Prosecutor Grin to posthumously reopen a criminal case against Magnitsky:[http://followmydata.net/SMRULE/D1015.pdf]
New materials also reveal that Prosecutor Grin also played a key role in the cover up of the thefts uncovered by Sergei Magnitsky.
Firstly, Prosecutor Grin was directly responsible for the failure to conduct a proper probe into the original complaint about the frauds uncovered by Sergei Magnitsky. The complaint was filed by the Hermitage Fund on 3 December 2007, three weeks prior to the $230 million theft, with General Prosecutor Chaika [http://russian-untouchables.com/rus/docs/D250.pdf]. On 5 December 2007 this complaint was sent to Prosecutor Grin [http://followmydata.net/SMRULE/D1908.pdf], but instead of investigating it, the complaint was then forwarded to the same Interior Ministry officials who were named in the complaint and covered up.
Secondly, it was Prosecutor Grin who signed the indictment for the $230 million theft which found that a “sawmill employee” (Victor Markelov) was responsible for the largest known tax rebate fraud in modern Russian history. The indictment signed by Prosecutor Grin exonerated the tax officials who approved the $230 million refund stating they were “tricked” by Markelov into doing it [http://followmydata.net/SMRULE/D1022.pdf].
If you have further verifiable information on prosecutor Grin, his involvement in the cover up and/or corruption, please send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Magnitsky Law adopted in the United States [http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Documents/pl112_208.pdf] stipulates the imposition of targeted sanctions for those involved in the efforts to conceal the legal liability for detention, abuse or death of Sergei Magnitsky.
Freedom House Invites you to the World Premiere of the movie:
|Location:||Columbia A Ballroom
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill,
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.
|When:||Tuesday, June 26, 2012|
Sergei Magnitsky, a young Russian lawyer, blew the whistle on a $230 million tax fraud involving senior Russian Government officials. He testified against the people involved, and was subsequently arrested, tortured, denied medical care, and murdered in custody when he refused to change or withdraw his testimony. Those responsible for the crimes he uncovered and those responsible for his death have yet to be punished. The movie being premiered, “The Magnitsky Files: Organized Crime Inside the Russian Government” goes into detail of how the Russian police who killed Sergei Magnitsky have been working on an intimate basis with organized criminals, how they kill people to cover up their crimes.
|Senator John McCain, co-sponsor of the “Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2011” (S1039)||David Kramer, Director, Freedom House and former US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy||William Browder, head of the global campaign for justice for Sergei Magnitsky|
For more information, please contact:
+1 (202) 251-2992
+44 791 208 4505
In February 2012, Cinema for Peace Berlin 2012 gave the Award for Justice to “Justice for Sergei”, a documentary film about the murdered Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. Remarks were made by the German Federal Minister of Justice Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger.
“Justice for Sergei” was made by Dutch documentary makers Hans Hermans and Martin Maat and looks at the life of Sergei Magnitsky and how he died in custody at the hands of Russian government officials who were determined to silence him after he spoke out and testified against government corruption.
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Statement on the Magnitsky Case to the US Congress House Committee on Foreign Affairs by William Browder
Committee on House Foreign Affairs
On 21st March 2012, William Browder, CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, testified before the US Congress House Committee on Foreign Affairs about the Sergei Magnitsky case. Sergei Magnitsky was William Browder’s Russian lawyer who was falsely arrested, tortured and killed in custody for uncovering and exposing Russia’s largest ever tax fraud, committed by Russian government officials. William Browder was speaking at the Foreign Affairs Committee hearing entitled: ‘Russia 2012: Increased Repression, Rampant Corruption, Assisting Rogue Regimes’.
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