German TV Station ZDF Confirmed It Will Not Show Nekrasov’s Anti-Magnitsky Propaganda Film

May 16, 2016


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German TV Station ZDF Confirmed It Will Not Show Nekrasov’s Anti-Magnitsky Propaganda Film

16 May 2016 – ZDF, a German public-service television broadcaster, has confirmed that they will not show Andrei Nerkrasov’s anti-Magnitsky propaganda film. Previously, Sergei Magnitsky’s widow and mother expressed their categorical objection to distribution in any form of the Nekrasov’s film about Sergei Magnitsky because of its false and slanderous content.

ZDF has now formally confirmed its commitment to not broadcast Nekrasov’s film. This follows a similar commitment by the French TV network ARTE.

“This film is full of lies and misinformation about the Magnitsky case,said William Browder, leader of the global Justice campaign for Sergei Magnitsky and author of the New York Times best-seller “Red Notice: How I Became Putin’s No 1 Enemy.”

“It is my duty to Sergei’s memory and to his family to preserve the truth and protect his legacy,” continued Browder.

Nekrasov’s film contains false statements about Sergei Magnitsky, which are refuted by independent international bodies, including the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, comprising delegates from 47 states, the European Parliament, the US Department, and the US Congress, among others.

Russian human rights activists, including veteran dissident and head of the Moscow Helsinki Group Ludmila Alexeeva and Valery Borschev, head of the Moscow human rights commission, who investigated Magnitsky’s death, spoke out against the attempts by Andrei Nekrasov to spread the lies in this case for the benefit of those who have been exposed by Magnitsky’s testimony of involvement in the fraud and broader corruption arising out of Panama Papers, and are being affected by Magnitsky sanctions (Statement by Ludmila Alexeeva:; Statement by Valery Borschev:

Nekrasov’s anti-Magnitsky film was scheduled for broadcast on ARTE, a Franco-German cultural TV network, on 3 May 2016. ARTE has cancelled the scheduled broadcast of Nekrasov’s anti-Magnitsky film, and ZDF has now confirmed that it will not show this film.

The decision not to broadcast Nekrasov’s film by ZDF and ARTE follow the earlier decision not to air the Nekrasov’s film at the European Parliament for similar reasons. The screening of Nekrasov’s film was originally scheduled there as a private initiative of Heidi Hautala, Andrei Nekrasov’s girlfriend and a member of the European parliament from Finland.

ZDF is based in Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate. It is run as an independent non-profit institution, which was founded by all federal states of Germany.

For more information, please contact:

Justice for Sergei Magnitsky

+44 207 440 1777



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