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16
November 2011

Death in a Russian prison cell: Britain’s shameful silence

The Independent

One minute Sergei Magnitsky was investigating tax fraud. The next he was dead. A coincidence? No, the businessman campaigning for the truth tells Jerome Taylor

Two years ago today the body of a father of two from Moscow was found face down in a prison isolation cell where he had languished in squalid conditions for more than 11 months. Every year hundreds of people die inside Russian prisons and most go unreported.

But the death of Sergei Magnitsky, a corporate lawyer hired by a British firm to investigate a multimillion-dollar tax scam, lit a fire that has rallied those seeking to end the culture of corruption and impunity among Russian government officials and has caused diplomatic rifts that have reverberated around the world.

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18
October 2011

Netherlands expects punishment for people behind Magnitsky’s death

RIA Novosti

The Netherlands hopes that people implicated in the death of Hermitage Capital lawyer Sergei Magnitsky will be punished, the country’s ambassador in Moscow said.

Magnitsky was arrested in November 2008 on tax evasion charges shortly after alleging that law enforcement officials and others were involved in a $230 million tax scam. The 37-year-old Magnitsky died a year later in Moscow’s notorious Butyrka prison after being denied medical care.

Larisa Litvinova, chief doctor at the Butyrka prison, and the jail’s deputy chief Dmitry Kratov, were charged with “causing death through negligence.” President Medvedev’s human rights council said two different officials – senior Interior Ministry investigator Oleg Silchenko and Butyrka chief Ivan Prokopenko – were also at fault.

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11
October 2011

Dutch Call Russian Prosecution “Medieval”

The Windsor Square

In a par­lia­men­tary let­ter sent to Dutch For­eign Min­is­ter, Dutch law­mak­ers urged their gov­ern­ment to impose visa bans on Russ­ian offi­cials in Sergei Mag­nit­sky case. They also requested that the Dutch Min­is­ter dis­cusses joint steps towards Rus­sia in rela­tion to this case at the next meet­ing of the Euro­pean Council.

In their let­ter, Dutch law­mak­ers stressed that in light of the recent events, it is hard to expect that Rus­sia allow a real inves­ti­ga­tion. The let­ter high­lights the fact that the Russ­ian Inte­rior Min­istry had rejected the find­ings of Russ­ian President’s Human Rights Coun­cil which found that Mag­nit­sky was unlaw­fully arrested, beaten before his death, and no one was held liable for this atrocity.

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26
September 2011

Dutch minister pledges EU action on murdered Russian lawyer

EU Observer

Dutch foreign minister Uri Rosenthal has promised to “raise the possibility” of EU sanctions against Russian officials suspected of murdering lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.

Rosenthal in a formal letter to parliament dated 12 September said: “The investigation into the Magnitsky case is ongoing and Russian judicial procedure must be followed. I want to wait for the outcome of the procedure. But if there is good reason in light of the outcome, then I intend to raise the possibility of further EU-level steps.”

The letter comes in response to a Dutch parliament resolution in July calling for The Hague to penalise the officials.

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23
September 2011

Dutch minister urges EU-wide sanctions on Magnitsky’s alleged killers

Emerging Markets

Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal has called for European Union-wide sanctions on Russian officials blamed for the death of Hermitage Capital lawyer Sergei Magnitsky if Russia fails to take criminal action against them.

“Depending on the outcomes of the Russian judicial investigation, I intend to raise the possibility of further action at EU level,” a Hermitage statement quoted Rosenthal as saying in a letter to the Dutch parliament.

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26
July 2011

U.S. gets serious on Russian mega-corruption case

Trust Law

One of Russia’s most notorious scandals, the death in prison of hedge fund lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, is taking on an international political dimension. The United States has become the first country to impose a visa ban on Russian officials accused of complicity in the affair, which threatens to sour U.S.-Russia relations. But Russia’s conspicuous failure to investigate this crucial case means the West is right to act.

No case better illustrates the pervasive nature of Russian corruption — and the Kremlin’s woeful failure to tackle it. A lawyer for London-based Hermitage Capital, managed by the well-known investor William Browder, Magnitsky was arrested after he had accused Russian officials of involvement in a $230 million tax fraud. His subsequent death in prison naturally caused a global stink. But the subsequent cover-up was even more shocking and revealing. Russia’s inability to pursue the real culprits seems to indicate that its entire law enforcement system is rotten to the core.

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25
July 2011

UN Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez, discusses the Sergei Magnitsky case

RNW

The State We’re In, Featuring an interview with UN Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez, where he also discusses the Sergei Magnitsky case from 32:40

http://www.rnw.nl/english/radioshow/power-stories

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05
July 2011

Former ambassador to Russia demands UK act on Magnitsky death

Daily Telegraph

Britain’s former Ambassador to Russia has attacked the Government for failing to crack down on a group of Russian officials allegedly linked to the death of the anti-corruption lawyer Sergei Magnitsky and implicated in a $230m (£140m) alleged fraud.

In a letter to The Daily Telegraph today, Sir Tony Brenton, Ambassador to Russia from 2004 to 2008, urges the UK authorities to make “publicly clear their abhorrence at what has happened” and to ban those concerned from entry into the UK.

His comments follow a unanimous vote in the Dutch Parliament for the 60 Russian officials identified by UK-based hedge fund Hermitage Capital Management and law firm Jamison Firestone, for which Mr Magnitsky worked, to be barred entry into the country.

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05
July 2011

Activists say they’ll show how prison guards’ beating contributed to Russian attorney’s death

Associated Press

Activists plan to present evidence Tuesday that a Russian lawyer who accused officials of corruption died after a brutal beating by prison guards, saying investigators’ findings that a lack of medical treatment killed the man fell short of the full truth.

Sergei Magnitsky, a 37-year-old lawyer who worked for a large U.S. investment fund, died in prison in November 2009 after the pancreatitis he developed there went untreated. He had been arrested by Interior Ministry officials after he had accused them of using false tax papers to steal $230 million from the state.

Magnitsky’s case is being scrutinized by human rights activists and potential Western investors as a gauge of the Kremlin’s commitment to addressing corruption and allowing an independent legal system. Several prison officials were fired but no one has been charged either for his death or in the alleged tax fraud.

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