June 25, 2013 |
MOSCOW — A report prepared on the death of Russian whistle-blowing lawyer Sergei Magnitsky , presented Tuesday to a European body that promotes human rights, severely criticized Russia for failing to hold anyone accountable for his death in pretrial detention. The report was prepared by Andreas Gross , a member of the Swiss parliament, for the 47 countries making up the Council of Europe and was given to the council's human rights and legal affairs committee Tuesday. At a news conference in France, Gross said the report...
June 4, 2013 |
MOSCOW — Russian and European Union officials meeting at a summit Tuesday discussed liberalizing visa rules for many Russians, an issue that brought objections from politicians concerned about human rights abuses. Russia wants 15,000 government employees who have official passports to be given the right to enter Europe without visas , but some members of the European Parliament say that would give human rights violators free entry as well. On Tuesday, as the summit was taking place in...
September 26, 2011 |
T here is one incontestably great actor on the world stage today, and he has no interest in following our script. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin — soon to be Russia's president again — has proven remarkably effective at playing the weak strategic hand he inherited, chalking up triumph after triumph while confirming himself as the strong leader Russians crave. Not one of his international peers evidences so profound an understanding of his or her people, or possesses Putin's canny ability to size up counterparts.
July 25, 2011 |
MOSCOW — The U.S. State Department has quietly put Russian officials connected to the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky on a visa blacklist as Moscow threatens to curtail cooperation on Iran, North Korea, Libya and the transit of supplies for Afghanistan if the Senate passes a measure imposing even tougher sanctions for human rights abuses. The Russian government has grown ever more infuriated by a series of international reprimands over the case of the 37-year-old lawyer who died a painful death in pretrial...
May 25, 2013 |
MOSCOW — Interpol has refused a request from Russia to put William Browder, a U.S.-born investment banker who has organized a worldwide campaign to punish Russia for human rights abuses, on its arrest list. Browder was a major proponent of the U.S. Magnitsky law, which imposes visa and financial sanctions on Russians deemed to have violated human rights. The law was passed in honor of Sergei Magnitsky , a lawyer for Browder's Hermitage Capital Fund, who died in detention in Moscow...
June 5, 2012 |
A bill to punish Russian officials for alleged human rights abuses would badly damage U.S.-Russian ties and hurt U.S. exports, business groups said Tuesday, two days before a key congressional panel is expected to vote on the measure. The bill would require the United States to deny visas to and freeze the assets of Russians linked to the detention and death of Sergei Magnitsky, an anti-graft lawyer who died in a Russian jail in 2009 under suspicious circumstances. The legislation is expected to win...