Award Winning Play about Magnitsky’s Murder to Open in London Theatre on Anniversary of His Death

October 31, 2012


UK theatre debut of an award-winning play about the murder of Sergei Magnitsky

in Russian Custody to start on 13th November 2012

(OPENING NIGHT 16 November 2012)


30 October 2012 – The British theatre debut of “One Hour Eighteen Minutes”, an award-winning play that merges theatre, politics and human rights campaigning into a powerful account of a one-man’s tragedy at the hands of a repressive state, will open at the New Diorama Theatre in London on 13th November 2012.  The play depicts the final hours of Sergei Magnitsky, a whistle-blowing Russian lawyer who uncovered massive corruption in the Russian government, testified about it and was killed in custody. Read more

UK Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee Calls on Government to Disclose Names on Visa Bans Lists as a Result of Magnitsky Case

October 18, 2012

Yesterday, the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee recommended that the British Government should publicly disclose the names of human rights abusers who have been denied entry into the UK. The new policy recommendation was announced as part of the British Parliament’s review of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s approach to Human Rights, which was published in the Foreign Affairs Committee Third Report of Session 2012-13.

The Foreign Affairs Committee report and their recommendations followed the submission of evidence from Amnesty International, Fair Trials International, Hermitage Capital, Human Rights Watch, REDRESS and others. Read more

Council of Europe to Conduct International Investigation into the Torture and Murder of Sergei Magnitsky

October 5, 2012

Council of Europe to Conduct International Investigation into the Torture and Murder of Sergei Magnitsky

5 October 2012 – Today, the Bureau of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) approved the appointment of its Legal Affairs and Human Rights Committee to conduct an international investigation into all of the circumstances of the death of Sergei Magnitsky in Russian police custody three years ago. The vote passed with 9 in favor and 7 opposed.

The vote took place in Strasbourg at the Bureau meeting of the PACE, which consists of national delegation representatives, party group leaders and the chairs of each of the PACE committees. The Bureau of the Parliamentary Assembly determines the day-to-day workings of PACE. Read more

Moscow Court Reveals Secret FSB File of Operational Activities Against Sergei Magnitsky While he Was in Prison

October 3, 2012

Nikolai Gorokhov, the lawyer for Sergei Magnitsky’s mother, announced in Moscow court that evidence has surfaced of a secret FSB file which indicated a series of operational activities conducted by the FSB (the Russian secret police) inside the prison while Sergei Magnitsky was held in pre-trial detention. The files have been kept confidential and the Magnitsky family lawyer beleieves these activities and the files documenting them could shed light on the circumstances of his murder in police custody and who was behind it. Read more

Magnitsky’s Mother Slams the Government’s Cover-Up in Prosecution of Prison Doctor Kratov

October 2, 2012

Natalia Magnitskaya, the mother of the late Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, today called on the Russian court to accept new evidence showing the complicity of a large group of Russian law enforcement officials in the torture and killing of her son, and to send the case back to prosecutors.

In her testimony at the Tverskoi District Court in Moscow this morning, Mrs. Magnitskaya gave evidence that the indictment issued by Russian investigators against Dmitry Kratov, a former deputy head of Butyrka prison, does not contain certain critical factual and documentary evidence linking other officials to the crime against her son. Under the Russian criminal procedural code, the court is bound by the scope of the indictment in issuing its sentence and this ommision by the prosecutors would lead to a drastically more lenient sentence. Read more

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