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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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05
October 2011

Dutch MPs want tougher stance against Russia

Radio Netherlands Worldwide

A majority of Dutch MPs are calling on the government to take measures to punish Russia for alleged human rights abuses in the case of the death in prison in 2009 of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. The case was highlighted earlier by Radio Netherlands Worldwide and interviews recorded by RNW have been used by UN investigators examing corruption in Russia.

The failure of punish those involved in the lawyer’s death, is causing concern among many Dutch MPs who this week again demanded action.

US businessman William Browder made a personal appeal to Dutch MPs to pressure the Dutch government to do the same. Sergei Magnitsky was working for Mr Browder’s Hermitage Fund when he was arrested in 2009.

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03
October 2011

First EU country imposes sanctions on Russian officials

EU Observer

The UK has become the first EU country to impose sanctions on Russian officials implicated in the murder of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, a British daily reports.

Opposition MP Chris Bryant told The Guardian on Saturday (1 October) that UK immigration minister, Damian Green, from the ruling Conservative party, has confirmed they were quietly put on a visa blacklist.

“From conversations with Damian Green, I took it that these people would not be welcomed. It seems now as if there is a secret ban on these people,” he said.

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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 foreign minister could raise Magnitsky sanctions issue with EU

Interfax

Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal has urged the Russian authorities to prosecute the officials responsible for the death of Hermitage Capital lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, the company said.

The Netherlands Foreign Minister Professor Uri Rosenthal has sent a report to the Dutch Parliament about compliance with the resolution made by the lawmakers in July this year, imposing sanctions against Russian officials in the Magnitsky case, according to the company’s press release obtained by Interfax on Thursday.

In the event of no acceptable results of the Russian inquiry into Magnitsky’s death, Rosenthal “will raise the matter of taking measures against the Russian officials in the Magnitsky case at the EU level, the press release said.

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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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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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