Corrupt Russian Officials Involved in $230 Million Corruption and Death of Sergei Magnitsky Must Be Banned to Enter the US
By the end of April 2010, five months after Sergei Magnitsky’s death, none of the officials who were involved in his torture, death, or the corruption he exposed have been charged for any crimes in the Russian Federation. To challenge their apparent impunity at home, U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) as Chairman of the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) requested that the U.S. State Department immediately impose permanent visa sanctions against these 60 Russian officials and others involved in a $230 million corruption case exposed by Sergei Magnitsky, and his persecution in custody. The initiative has received an overwhelming support in Russia, where the list of corrupt officials has become known as the “Cardin List”.
Cardin List of 60 corrupt Russian officials involved in $230 million corruption, torture and death of 37-year old Sergei Magnitsky
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U.S. Helsinki Commission Letter on Visa Sanctions to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
In a letter addressed to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senator Cardin demanded that the State Department “immediately cancel and permanently withdraw the U.S visa privileges of all those involved in this crime, along with their dependents and family members.”
U.S. Helsinki Commission Hearings on Corruption and False Arrest of Sergei Magnitsky
Prior to Sergei Magnitsky’s death, On 23 June 2009, Senator Cardin has held hearings on Russian official corruption at the US Senate. During the hearings, William Browder, CEO of Hermitage Capital Managment described in great detail the case of Sergei Magnitsky and the fraud committed against the Hermitage Fund and the Russian Government by corrupt officials in the Russian Interior Ministry. In Mr. Browder’s testimony, said “All too often in today’s Russia, there is no contradiction in someone being a business executive, senior government official and crime boss all at the same time.” Click here to read the full testimony.
Select press articles on the visa sanctions against 60 corrupt Russian official:
- Washington Post. Crime and punishment; If Russia won’t act against senior officials who steal and kill, maybe the State Department can
- Ria Novosti. U.S. Senator Urges Clinton to Ban Travel for Russian Officials to USA over Lawyer’s Deat