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Sergei Magnitsky Posthumously Honoured by the Allard Prize Committee for International Integrity

October 5, 2015

Sergei Mag­nit­sky Posthu­mously Hon­oured by the Allard Prize Com­mit­tee for Inter­na­tional Integrity

5 Octo­ber 2015 – Sergei Mag­nit­sky, the Russ­ian lawyer who exposed a $230 mil­lion cor­rupt scheme by Russ­ian offi­cials, has been posthu­mously hon­oured by the Allard Prize Com­mit­tee for Inter­na­tional Integrity. The recog­ni­tion comes one month before the 6th anniver­sary of his mur­der in Russ­ian police cus­tody at the age of 37.

Sergei Magnitsky’s mother, wife and son attended the award cer­e­mony held in Van­cou­ver, Canada at the Uni­ver­sity of British Columbia’s Peter A. Allard School of Law.

On accept­ing the hon­ourable recog­ni­tion on behalf of Sergei Mag­nit­sky, his mother said:

“I would like to thank all peo­ple who remem­ber Sergei. Because when the per­son is remem­bered, that per­son is alive. I recently saw a per­son who said I am alive because of Sergei’s sacrifice.”

Valery Borschev, chair of the Moscow Pub­lic Over­sight Com­mis­sion, who inves­ti­gated how Sergei Mag­nit­sky­had been tor­tured and mur­dered in police cus­tody, said:

“Mag­nit­sky lived like Solzhen­it­syn wrote – don’t be afraid, don’t beg. I think he is a hero.”

Sergei Mag­nit­sky was one of four final­ists for the 2015 Allard Prize for Inter­na­tional Integrity. The other final­ists included Indone­sia Cor­rup­tion Watch, and two recip­i­ents of the prize — John Githongo, who exposed a $1 bil­lion cor­rup­tion scan­dal in the Kenyan gov­ern­ment, and Rafael Mar­ques de Morais, a jour­nal­ist writ­ing on issues of con­flict dia­monds and army bru­tal­ity in Angola. (View the Allard Prize short film about Sergei Mag­nit­sky and the other finalists)

The Allard Prize for Inter­na­tional Integrity rec­og­nizes indi­vid­u­als and organ­i­sa­tions who show excep­tional courage and lead­er­ship in com­bat­ing corruption.

Sergei Magnitsky’s name has become syn­ony­mous with the lack of rule of law in Rus­sia. His tor­ture and killing in Russ­ian police cus­tody after he uncov­ered and tes­ti­fied about Russ­ian offi­cials involved in the $230 mil­lion theft has led to the adop­tion of the 2012 Sergei Mag­nit­sky Rule of Law Account­abil­ity Act in the United States which imposes tar­geted sanc­tions in the form of visa bans and asset freezes on those involved in his case, as well as in other gross human rights abuses. A Global Mag­nit­sky Bill which would apply sim­i­lar sanc­tions to cases of human rights vio­la­tions around the world is cur­rently under con­sid­er­a­tion in the U.S. Sen­ate after its approval by the U.S. Sen­ate For­eign Rela­tions Committee.

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Organization of International War Crimes Prosecutors Posthumously Awards Sergei Magnitsky with the 2015 Joshua Heintz Humanitarian Award

September 30, 2015

Orga­ni­za­tion of Inter­na­tional War Crimes Pros­e­cu­tors Posthu­mously Awards Sergei Mag­nit­sky with the 2015 Joshua Heintz Human­i­tar­ian Award


31 August 2015 – One of the world’s most pres­ti­gious indi­vid­ual achieve­ment prizes, the Joshua Heintz Human­i­tar­ian Award for dis­tin­guished ser­vice to mankind and achieve­ment in the field of inter­na­tional jus­tice, has been awarded posthu­mous­lyto Sergei Magnitsky.


The award was pre­sente­dat the Inter­na­tional Human­i­tar­ian Dialogs, an annual assem­bly of cur­rent and for­mer pros­e­cu­tors at inter­na­tional war crimes tri­bunals and renowned aca­d­e­mics and law experts. The event took place at the Chau­tauqua Institution’s Jack­son Center.


On Sergei Magnitsky’s behalf theaward was accepted by his fam­ily mem­bers, includ­ing his mother, wife and son.


Speak­ing at the award cer­e­mony, Magnitsky’s mother Natalia said:


“I wish to express sin­cere grat­i­tude to all the peo­ple in the world who are sup­port­ing us and our cause. All the atten­tion paid to my son’s ulti­mate sac­ri­fice will hope­fully help and save lives of oth­ers in the future so they don’t have to suf­fer the same fate as Sergei.”


Bill Brow­der, the global leader of the Mag­nit­sky Jus­tice cam­paign and author of the best-selling book, ‘Red Notice’, com­mented on the impor­tance of the inter­na­tional award to Sergei Magnitsky:


“I am inspired to see that Sergei Magnitsky’s brav­ery is rec­og­nized by the bright­est minds whose job it is and has been to pros­e­cute and con­front the most heinous vio­la­tors of human rights in this world. It is grat­i­fy­ing that Sergei’s legacy lives on in people’s hearts more than five years since his bru­tal killing in Russ­ian police cus­tody. May this serve as a reminder of both the sac­ri­fice that Sergei made for a more just world, and the steps that still need to be taken before Sergei’s own per­pe­tra­tors can be brought to justice.”


Sergei Mag­nit­sky was a Russ­ian lawyer who uncov­ered the $230 mil­lion cor­rup­tion scheme involv­ing Russ­ian offi­cials and an orga­nized crime gang. He was arrested on trumped-up charges and killed in pre-trial deten­tion in Rus­sia in 2009 after tes­ti­fy­ing against the offi­cials involved. Sergei Magnitsky’s name has become syn­ony­mous with the lack of rule of law in Rus­sia. His case has lead to the adop­tion of the 2012 Sergei Mag­nit­sky Rule of Law Account­abil­ity Act in the United States  impos­ing tar­geted per­sonal sanc­tions on those involved in his tor­ture and death and other doc­u­mented cases of cor­rup­tion and gross human rights abuse.  The sanc­tions include ban on entry visas and asset freezes.


The first recip­i­ent of the Joshua Heintz Human­i­tar­ian Award was Whit­ney Rob­son Har­ris, the US pros­e­cu­tor at the Nurem­berg Tri­als who led the team’s case against Ernst Kaltenbrun­ner, the highest-ranking leader of the Nazi Secu­rity Police to face trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity.


The extra­or­di­nary story of how Sergei Mag­nit­sky stood up to cor­rupt Russ­ian offi­cials and paid the ulti­mate price for his ideals is described in Bill Browder’s book, ‘Red Notice’ released ear­lier this year to a world-wide acclaim.


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Senior Coroner Has Ruled That Hermitage Capital is an ‘Interested Person’ in the Perepilichnyy Inquest in Surrey

August 6, 2015

6 August 2015 — Today, the Senior Coro­ner ruled that Her­mitage Cap­i­tal will be rec­og­nized as an inter­ested per­son in the Alexan­der Perepilich­nyy inquest which took place in Sur­rey, Eng­land today. Her­mitage Cap­i­tal made the appli­ca­tion because of spe­cific facts which pointed to the pos­si­bil­ity that Alexan­der Perepilich­nyy was mur­dered in Novem­ber 2012 in Surrey.

Her­mitage Cap­i­tal was forced to inter­vene in the coro­ners inquest because the Sur­rey police decided that Alexan­der Perepilichnyy’s death was ‘not sus­pi­cious’ and ‘did not involve third par­ties’. In writ­ten and oral appli­ca­tions sub­mit­ted by Geof­frey Robert­son QC and Hen­ri­etta Hill QC, Her­mitage dis­closed how Alexan­der Perepilich­nyy had described fears over being mur­dered by mem­bers of the Russ­ian organ­ised crime con­nected to the Russ­ian government.

We can­not allow the Russ­ian gov­ern­ment to get away with mur­der in the UK. We will make sure that all the facts sur­round­ing Alexan­der Perepilichnyy’s death, includ­ing any sug­ges­tion that it was linked with his inv­ole­ment in expos­ing the Russ­ian organ­ised crime con­nected to the Mag­nit­sky case are elu­ci­dated in full at the inquest,” said William Brow­der, leader of Jus­tice for Sergei Mag­nit­sky Campaign.

In 2010, Alexan­der Perepilich­nyy pro­vided evi­dence to Her­mitage Cap­i­tal which lead to the freez­ing of accounts belong­ing to Vladlen Stepanov, hus­band of a senior Russ­ian tax offi­cial held in Swiss banks. He twice tes­ti­fied to the Swiss pros­e­cu­tors and sub­se­quently received death threats by var­i­ous ele­ments inside the Russ­ian government.

Alexan­der Perepilich­nyy died on 10 Novem­ber 2012 after return­ing from a trip to Paris. The British police closed the case but the French author­i­ties have since opened a full mur­der investigation.

For more infor­ma­tion, please contact:

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Global Magnitsky Act Receives Unanimous Approval from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

July 30, 2015

30 July 2015 — Yes­ter­day, in a land­mark vote, the U.S. Sen­ate For­eign Rela­tions Com­mit­tee unan­i­mously approved “The Global Mag­nit­sky Human Rights Account­abil­ity Act,” paving the way for its approval for a full vote in the Sen­ate. The Global Mag­nit­sky Act extends the con­cept of per­son­alised sanc­tions on klep­to­crats and human rights vio­la­tors around the world, giv­ing hope to vic­tims from any coun­try where those abuses occurred.
“Sergei Magnitsky’s epic bat­tle against evil, his faith in the law, and his ulti­mate sac­ri­fice con­tinue to empower and inspire law­mak­ers around the world to take con­crete action and cre­ate real con­se­quences for human rights abusers”, said William Brow­der, leader of the Mag­nit­sky Jus­tice campaign.

The new leg­is­la­tion is authored by U.S. Sen­a­tor Ben Cardin (D-MD), Rank­ing Mem­ber of the Sen­ate For­eign Rela­tions Com­mit­tee, who in 2010 together with Sen­a­tor John McCain ini­ti­ated the “Sergei Mag­nit­sky Rule of Law Account­abil­ity Act,” an inno­v­a­tive 21-century piece of leg­is­la­tion that for the first time has pro­vided redress and a mean­ing­ful way to deter impunity for cor­rup­tion and human rights abuses in Russia.

The Russia-specific Mag­nit­sky bill became law in Decem­ber 2012. Over 30 per­sons have been included on the pub­lic sanc­tions list since. Per­sons included on the sanc­tions list are pub­licly named on the fed­eral reg­is­ter, pro­hib­ited from obtain­ing U.S. visas and sub­ject to a freeze on all their U.S. assets and bank accounts.

The Global Mag­nit­sky bill autho­rises the Pres­i­dent to cre­ate sim­i­lar con­se­quences for per­sons involved in cor­rup­tion, extra­ju­di­cial killings, tor­ture and other human rights vio­la­tions from all coun­tries around the world.

This is an impor­tant step in a long road of tar­get­ing human rights abusers and cor­rupt indi­vid­u­als around the globe who threaten the rule of law and deny human rights or fun­da­men­tal free­doms,” said Sen­a­tor Cardin.

The bill autho­rizes the Sec­re­tary of State and the Sec­re­tary of the Trea­sury to report annu­ally to Con­gress regard­ing actions taken against human rights abusers. In deter­min­ing the sanc­tions list, the Pres­i­dent must con­sider requests made by the Chair­per­son and Rank­ing Mem­ber of one of a num­ber of con­gres­sional committee.

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See also the US Sen­ate For­eign Rela­tions Com­mit­tee press release on the pass­ing of the Global Mag­nit­sky Bill:

Global Magnitsky Bill Introduced in the Canadian Parliament

June 15, 2015

12 June 2015 – Irwin Cotler, Cana­dian MP, for­mer Min­is­ter of Jus­tice and Attor­ney Gen­eral of Canada, and chair of the Jus­tice for Sergei Mag­nit­sky Inter-Parliamentary Group, has intro­duced the Global Mag­nit­sky Bill to the Cana­dian par­lia­ment. The bill, enti­tled the Global Mag­nit­sky Human Rights Account­abil­ity Act [C-689], calls for sanc­tions on inter­na­tional human rights vio­la­tors any­where in the world, and is sim­i­lar to the U.S. Global Mag­nit­sky bill cur­rently mak­ing its way through the U.S. Congress.

Explain­ing his new bill, Irwin Cotler MP said:
“The vic­tims of human-rights vio­la­tions in Rus­sia and around the world… and the coura­geous activists who stand up to rights-violating regimes at great per­sonal risk – were on my mind when I rose on Tues­day in the House to present my leg­is­la­tion… Coun­tries that value human rights and the rule of law must use the mea­sures at our dis­posal to hold vio­la­tors to account and dis­cour­age future vio­la­tions. Oth­er­wise, we are exposed as hav­ing far less con­cern for these noble prin­ci­ples than our usual rhetoric.”

Intro­duc­ing the leg­is­la­tion, Irwin Cotler MP paid an emo­tional trib­ute to his friend and advo­cate of Mag­nit­sky sanc­tions leg­is­la­tion, Boris Nemtsov, who was assas­si­nated near the Krem­lin in Moscow three months ago.

I could almost feel the pres­ence of my late friend Boris Nemtsov, the leader of the demo­c­ra­tic Russ­ian oppo­si­tion who was mur­dered near the Krem­lin ear­lier this year,” said Irwin Cotler.

Boris Nemtsov pub­licly sup­ported Irwin Cotler in 2012 when the Mag­nit­sky leg­is­la­tion was first intro­duced in the Cana­dian par­lia­ment.
“Mag­nit­sky was killed by pros­e­cu­tors and prison management…Putin gov­ern­ment sup­ported the mur­der­ers… The idea of the [Mag­nit­sky] Act is to imple­ment sanc­tions against absolutely con­crete cor­rupt offi­cials and peo­ple who are respon­si­ble for killing Mag­nit­sky,” said Boris Nemtsov.

As a coun­try with the low level of cor­rup­tion and rule of law, Canada has to fight against crim­i­nals and against cor­rup­tion. You are not against Rus­sia, you are against cor­rup­tion, against crim­i­nals. It will be very painful for Russ­ian cor­rupt bureau­cracy to get such kind of law from Canada. Very painful. Because cor­rupt sys­tem in Rus­sia means that they have prop­erty out­side of the coun­try, they relax out­side the coun­try, they send their kids to get edu­ca­tion outside…”

(Lis­ten to the full speech by Boris Nemtsov in Canada in 2012, start­ing after intro­duc­tion at 4 min.: http://www.ipolitics.ca/2015/03/02/when-nemtsov-came-to-ottawa/)

In March this year, the Cana­dian House of Com­mons unan­i­mously sup­ported the ini­tia­tive to intro­duce Mag­nit­sky sanc­tions on indi­vid­ual human-rights vio­la­tors, includ­ing those involved in the 2009 deten­tion, tor­ture and mur­der of Sergei Mag­nit­sky. A sim­i­lar motion was adopted in the Cana­dian Sen­ate a few weeks later. Yet, the Cana­dian Gov­ern­ment has not acted on the call from parliamentarians.

There is still time for the [Cana­dian] gov­ern­ment to either take over my bill or to intro­duce sim­i­lar leg­is­la­tion of its own, out of respect for the unan­i­mous will of Cana­dian MPs, and out of sol­i­dar­ity with the vic­tims of human-rights vio­la­tions and those who strug­gle valiantly on their behalf, in Rus­sia and around the world,” said Irwin Cotler, MP.

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact:
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Video of Irwin Cotler MP intro­duc­ing the Global Mag­nit­sky Bill in the Cana­dian Par­lia­ment:

New Cana­dian Global Mag­nit­sky Bill, C-689: “An Act to enact the Global Human Rights Account­abil­ity Act and to make related amend­ments to the Spe­cial Eco­nomic Mea­sures Act and the Immi­gra­tion and Refugee Pro­tec­tion Act”

Orig­i­nal 2012 Cana­dian Mag­nit­sky Bill, C-339: “An Act to con­demn cor­rup­tion and impunity in Rus­sia in the case and death of Sergei Mag­nit­sky”

The Jus­tice for Sergei Mag­nit­sky Inter-Parliamentary Group web­site:

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