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Russia Acquits Prison Official in Magnitsky Death

Posted December 28th, 2012 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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A Russian court has acquitted a top prison official charged in the death of whistleblowing lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in 2009. The Tverskoy court Friday found Dmitry Kratov not guilty of negligence in causing Magnitsky’s death. Magnitsky, an anti-corruption lawyer died in prison after exposing an official corruption ring involved in the embezzlement of $250 million […]

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Russia Acquits Prison Official in Magnitsky Death

Posted December 28th, 2012 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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A Russian court has acquitted a top prison official charged in the death of whistleblowing lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in 2009. The Tverskoy court Friday found Dmitry Kratov not guilty of negligence in causing Magnitsky’s death. Magnitsky, an anti-corruption lawyer died in prison after exposing an official corruption ring involved in the embezzlement of $250 million […]

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Putin Slams US Rights Bill, Vows Measured Response

Posted December 13th, 2012 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticized U.S. legislation that imposes sanctions on Russian officials suspected of human rights violations. Mr. Putin on Thursday described as “unfriendly and politicized” a U.S. bill known as the “Magnitsky Act,” saying it will hurt U.S.-Russian relations. He promised an “appropriate response.” His comments come a day before Russian lawmakers […]

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Russia Promises Retaliation After US Human Rights Bill

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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Russian lawmakers have vowed to respond in kind after the U.S. Congress approved a bill imposing sanctions on Russian officials suspected of human rights violations. Officials said Monday that Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, will consider imposing some sort of penalty against U.S. citizens that Moscow suspects of human rights violations. The […]

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US Senate Votes to Normalize Trade With Russia

Posted December 6th, 2012 at 6:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Senate has approved legislation that normalizes trade relations with Russia, but also imposes sanctions on Russian human rights violators. Lawmakers voted Thursday to lift trade restrictions on Russia that date back to the Cold War era. The bill would also normalize U.S. trade with Moldova. President Barack Obama has pledged to sign the […]

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US House Panel Approves Magnitsky Sanctions Bill

Posted June 7th, 2012 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. congressional committee has approved a bill imposing sanctions on Russian officials involved in the 2009 prison death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. The House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday passed the “Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act” on a voice vote. The measure would deny visas and freeze the American assets […]

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Report: Prison Guards Beat Russian Lawyer Magnitsky to Death

Posted November 28th, 2011 at 5:35 pm (UTC-5)
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An independent probe into the 2009 prison death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky says prison guards beat him to death with rubber batons and the government covered it up. The report was drawn up by William Browder, founder of the British-based investment fund, Hermitage Capital Management. Magnitsky worked for Hermitage before he was arrested on […]

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Report: Russian Lawyer Magnitsky Beaten to Death in Jail

Posted November 28th, 2011 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A private investigation into the 2009 prison death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky has concluded that he was beaten to death and denied medical treatment, and accuses the government of failing to prosecute those responsible. The report by William Browder, founder of the British-based investment fund Hermitage Capital Management for which Magnitsky worked before his […]

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Magnitsky Case Timeline

Posted November 16th, 2011 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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June 2007 — Russian police raid the Moscow offices of investment firm Hermitage Capital Management, confiscating information that is later used to defraud the Russian state of $230 million in taxes. June 2008 — Hermitage lawyer Sergei Magnitsky testifies about the tax fraud he has discovered. November 2008 — Russian authorities arrest Magnitsky on charges […]

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Play and Ambivalence Mark Second Anniversary of Sergei Magnitsky’s Death

Posted November 16th, 2011 at 1:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Supporters around the world are marking the second anniversary of the death in prison of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, but the Moscow Times says the date is being virtually ignored in Russia. A spokesman for Magnitsky’s employer, the British-based investment fund Hermitage Capital Management, told the Russian newspaper Wednesday that “the only official thing going […]

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