Sergei Magnitsky

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BornApril 1972
Died16 November 2009 (Age 37)
Victim ofpremature death

Sergei Leonidovich Magnitsky was a Russian tax advisor.[1] His arrest in 2008 and subsequent death after eleven months in police custody generated international media attention and triggered both official and unofficial inquiries into allegations of fraud, theft and human rights violations in Russia.[2][3]

Official Narrative

Sergei Magnitsky alleged there had been large-scale theft from the Russian state, sanctioned and carried out by Russian officials. He was arrested and eventually died in prison seven days before the expiration of the one-year term during which he could be legally held without trial.[4] In total, Magnitsky served 358 days in Moscow's Butyrka prison. He developed gall stones, pancreatitis, and a blocked gall bladder, and received inadequate medical care. A human rights council set up by the Kremlin found that he had been physically assaulted shortly before his death.[5][6] His case became an international cause célèbre.[7]

The United States Congress and President Barack Obama enacted the Magnitsky Act at the end of 2012, barring those Russian officials believed to be involved in Magnitsky's death from entering the United States or using its banking system. John McCain was instrumental in the process of bringing the legislation into existence.[8][9] In response, Russia condemned the Act and claimed Magnitsky was guilty of crimes.[10]

In early January 2013, the Financial Times wrote that "the Magnitsky case is egregious, well documented and encapsulates the darker side of Putinism".[11]

Career

Magnitsky did have training as accountant, but he did not have a degree in law.[12] At the time of his death he was employed by Firestone Duncan.

Conclusion of the ECHR in 2019

The European Court of Human Rights did criticize the Russian Government in some respects, but also stressed that the arrest of Sergei Magnitsky was justified. On 16 September 2019, Craig Murray wrote:

"The conscientious judges of the European Court of Human Rights published a judgement a fortnight ago which utterly exploded the version of events promulgated by Western governments and media in the case of the late Mr Magnitsky. Yet I can find no truthful report of the judgement in the mainstream media at all."[13]


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File:Death of Sergey Magnitskey-Firestone Duncan.pdfWikispooks PageBill Browder
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Death notification about the demise of Sergei Magnitskiy by Firestone Duncan.


References

  1. "How Bill Browder Became Russia's Most Wanted Man". The New Yorker. 13 August 2018. Retrieved 5 May 2019.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  2. "Russia 'is now a criminal state', says Bill Browder". BBC. 23 November 2009. Retrieved 27 December 2009.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  3. Nicola Lombardozzi (20 November 2014). "I quaderni del carcere di chi sfidò lo zar Putin". la Repubblica (in Italian). p. 53.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  4. Aldrick, Philip (19 November 2009). "Russia refuses autopsy for anti-corruption lawyer". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 27 December 2009.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  5. Kathy Lally (20 January 2011). "UN-appointed Human Rights Experts to Probe Death of Russian Lawyer Magnitsky". The Washington Post. Retrieved 27 February 2011. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |newspaper= (help)Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  6. Walker, Shaun (19 March 2013). "Russia drops inquiry into death of Sergei Magnitsky". Moscow. Retrieved 5 April 2013.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  7. "Dying in Agony: His Reward for Solving a $230 Million Fraud". The Sunday Times. 14 November 2010.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  8. https://time.com/5383100/bill-browder-john-mccain-magnitsky-act/
  9. https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/world-news/corruption/magnitsky-act-the-strange-backdrop/
  10. Higham, Scott; Hudson, Michael; Guevara, Marina Walker (6 April 2013). [https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/piercing-the-secrecy-of-offshore-tax-havens/2013/04/06/1551806c-7d50-11e2-a044-676856536b40_story.html "Piercing the secrecy of offshore tax havens"] Check |url= value (help). Washington Post.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  11. "A Magnitsky law for Europe". The Financial Times. 3 January 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |newspaper= (help)Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text"). p. 8.
  12. Bill Browder 2015 deposition
  13. Document:The Magnitsky Myth Exploded
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