Global Premiere for new Sergei Magnitsky film at World Parliaments

November 11, 2010

Justice for Sergei Magnitsky

16 Novem­ber 2010

Unprece­dented World­wide Polit­i­cal and Cul­tural Event
to Protest the Impunity of Russ­ian Offi­cials Who Tor­tured and Mur­dered Anti-Corruption Lawyer Sergei Magnitsky

Novem­ber 16th will mark the one-year anniver­sary of the mur­der in Russ­ian police cus­tody of Sergei Mag­nit­sky, a 37-year old Russ­ian anti-corruption lawyer.

To com­mem­o­rate this anniver­sary, the global pre­miere of “Jus­tice for Sergei,” a unique doc­u­men­tary on Magnitsky’s life and tragic death, will take place at a num­ber of par­lia­ments around the world, includ­ing the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment, United King­dom, Ger­many, Esto­nia, Canada and the United States.

In con­nec­tion with this unprece­dented film launch at par­lia­ments around the world, lead­ing states­men, politi­cians, schol­ars, human rights activists, jour­nal­ists, lawyers and busi­ness­men will join together for the first time to protest the con­tin­u­ing impunity of Russ­ian state offi­cials who cru­elly tor­tured and killed Mag­nit­sky in custody.

Sergei Mag­nit­sky, an out­side lawyer for the Her­mitage Fund, dis­cov­ered that Russ­ian police were involved in mis­ap­pro­pri­at­ing his client’s invest­ment com­pa­nies and later embez­zling $230 mil­lion of pub­lic funds through the largest tax refund fraud in Russ­ian his­tory. Mag­nit­sky tes­ti­fied against the state offi­cials involved, and in retal­i­a­tion they arrested him, detained him for 12 months with­out trial and tor­tured him in an attempt to force him to retract his tes­ti­mony. Despite the phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal tor­ture, Mag­nit­sky refused to change his tes­ti­mony. He died on 16 Novem­ber 2009 at the age of 37, leav­ing a mother, wife and two chil­dren. The new doc­u­men­tary reveals pre­vi­ously unre­leased details of this shock­ing human tragedy.

Com­men­ta­tors at each par­lia­men­tary screen­ing will dis­cuss the leg­isla­tive ini­tia­tives under­way in the US, Canada and Euro­pean Union coun­tries to deny visas and freeze the assets of the Russ­ian offi­cials involved in the cor­rup­tion Mag­nit­sky exposed and his sub­se­quent tor­ture and mur­der in custody.

This will be the first time a world­wide protest has been orga­nized against the impunity of Russ­ian state officials.

See doc­u­men­tary trailer here:

See leg­is­la­tion in the U.S. Con­gress, “The Jus­tice for Sergei Mag­nit­sky Act of 2010”:

World­wide Par­lia­men­tary Screen­ings & Com­men­ta­tors
16 Novem­ber 2010
(all times listed are local)

US Con­gress Participants:

  • Sen­a­tor Ben­jamin Cardin, Chair­man of the Com­mis­sion on Secu­rity and Coop­er­a­tion in Europe
  • Dr. Michael McFaul, Pres­i­dent Obama’s National Secu­rity Adviser
  • Boris Nemtsov, Russ­ian oppo­si­tion leader and for­mer Russ­ian Deputy Prime Minister
  • David Kramer, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of Free­dom House and for­mer US Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of State

Loca­tion:       CVC Audi­to­rium, Capi­tol Build­ing, Wash­ing­ton DC
Local Time:    3:30pm

Cana­dian Parliament

Loca­tion:       Room 200, West Block, Cana­dian Par­lia­ment, Ottawa
Time:            5:00pm

UK Par­lia­ment Participants:

  • Sir Tony Bren­ton, for­mer UK Ambas­sador to Russia
  • Carla Fer­st­man, Direc­tor, REDRESS, non-profit legal/human rights orga­ni­za­tion to help tor­ture survivors
  • Edward Lucas, Inter­na­tional Edi­tor, The Economist
  • William Brow­der, CEO, Her­mitage Capital

Loca­tion:       Grand Com­mit­tee Room, West­min­ster Hall, House of Com­mons, Lon­don
Local Time:   6:30pm

Ger­man Bun­destag Participants:

Loca­tion:       FDP 3rd floor (Frak­tion­sebene) Reich­stag, Platz der Repub­lik 1, 11011 Berlin
Local Time:   10:00am

Eston­ian Riigikogu Participants:

  • Sil­ver Meikar MP, Mem­ber of For­eign Affairs Committee
  • Alek­sei Lot­man MP, Head of Green Party
  • Astrid Kan­nel, Edi­tor, Eston­ian National Broad­cast company

Loca­tion:       Room 333, Esto­nia Riigikogu, Lossi plats 1a, Tallinn
Local Time:     12:00 noon

Euro­pean Par­lia­ment Participants:

Loca­tion:        Yehudi Menuhin Room, First Floor, PHS Build­ing, Brus­sels
Local Time:     1:00pm


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