Russia blacklists 25 British people in tit-for-tat move over UK’s ‘Magnitsky List’

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Moscow has imposed sanctions on 25 British people, mirroring restrictions rolled out by London earlier this yr over the case of Sergei Magnitsky, who died in Russian custody again in 2009.

The announcement was made by Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Saturday.“In response to the unfriendly actions of the British authorities and on the basis of the principle of reciprocity, the Russian side made a decision to impose personal sanctions against 25 representatives of Britain who are barred from entering Russia,” Zakharova mentioned in a press release, with out naming the precise people to be blacklisted.The sanctions in opposition to 25 Russian people, together with the top of the Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, have been rolled out by the Foreign Office in July. The move, intently resembling the unique 2012 US Magnitsky Act, barred the blacklisted Russians from coming into the UK, whereas their British property, if they’ve any, have been ordered to be seized.

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The UK has not supplied any precise proof to justify the sanctions, and its reasoning is “far-fetched and absurd,” Zakharova mentioned. Russia has repeatedly given London intensive explanations on the circumstances of Magnitsky’s demise, but they apparently “prefer not to notice” them, she added.It is unclear on what foundation they ‘appoint’ the responsible and decide their ‘punishment.’The US and UK sanctions stem from the 2009 demise of accountant and tax adviser Sergei Magnitsky, who perished in a Russian jail after one yr of detention – and solely days earlier than his trial was scheduled to start. He was a detailed affiliate of Bill Browder, a hedge-fund supervisor and British particular person who was sentenced in absentia in Russia to 9 years for tax evasion. He continues to be needed by the nation’s authorities for a protracted listing of crimes, which incorporates fraud, creating an “organized criminal community,” and even homicide.

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Browder spearheaded the adoption of the 2012 Magnitsky Act, alleging that the accountant was subjected to torture in jail and didn’t obtain the required medical take care of gall stones and pancreatitis. Russian investigators, nonetheless, established that Magnitsky suffered acute coronary heart failure and was not subjected to abuse in jail. The case was reinvigorated in September when Russia started a brand new inquiry into Magnitsky’s demise, trying into the speculation that he may need been poisoned.Think your pals would have an interest? Share this story!