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U.S. Senate Unanimously Passes the Global Magnitsky Act

December 18, 2015

U.S. Sen­ate Unan­i­mously Passes the Global Mag­nit­sky Act

 

18 Decem­ber 2015 –  In a ground-breaking move, United States Sen­ate unan­i­mously passed the Global Mag­nit­sky bill. The bill offi­cially called, “S.284 – Global Mag­nit­sky Human Rights Account­abil­ity Act”, directs the Pres­i­dent to sanc­tion human rights vio­la­tors from any­where around the world. The spe­cific sanc­tions are visa bans, asset freezes, and pub­lic place­ment on the US Treasury’s OFAC registry.

 

“This is the new tech­nol­ogy for fight­ing human rights abuse and an impor­tant legacy for Sergei Mag­nitsky who gave up his life fight­ing for the truth in Rus­sia,” said Bill Brow­der, author of “Red Notice”, a book ded­i­cated to Sergei Magnitsky.

 

In Decem­ber 2012, the US Con­gress adopted the Sergei Mag­nit­sky Rule of Law Account­abil­ity Act, which imposes visa and finan­cial sanc­tions on vio­la­tors of rights of human rights defend­ers in Russia.

 

The bill is named after Sergei Mag­nit­sky, a Russ­ian lawyer, who uncov­ered the largest publicly-known cor­rup­tion case in Rus­sia involv­ing the theft of $230 mil­lion. Sergei Mag­nit­sky tes­ti­fied about it nam­ing com­plicit Russ­ian offi­cials. He was arrested by some of the impli­cated offi­cials, held in pre-trial deten­tion for 358 days, and killed in Russ­ian police cus­tody on 16 Novem­ber 2009.  After Sergei Magnitsky’s death, the Russ­ian gov­ern­ment pro­moted and hon­oured offi­cials involved in his deten­tion and death.

 

The Global Mag­nit­sky bill was spon­sored in the Sen­ate by U.S. Sen­a­tor Ben Cardin, and had 10 co-sponsors:

Sen Blu­men­thal, Richard [CT] — 1÷28÷2015

Sen Coons, Christo­pher A. [DE] — 7÷23÷2015

Sen Cruz, Ted [TX] — 2÷25÷2015

Sen Durbin, Richard [IL] — 1÷28÷2015

Sen Kirk, Mark Steven [IL] — 1÷28÷2015

Sen Markey, Edward J. [MA] — 1÷28÷2015

Sen McCain, John [AZ] — 1÷28÷2015

Sen Rubio, Marco [FL] — 1÷28÷2015

Sen Sha­heen, Jeanne [NH] — 1÷28÷2015

Sen Wicker, Roger F. [MS] — 1÷28÷2015

 

The next step is for the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives to con­sider the bill.

 

For more infor­ma­tion please contact:                     

 

Jus­tice for Sergei Magnitsky

 

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Prosecutor Chaika’s Role in Magnitsky Case Explains His Unhinged Attack on Bill Browder in Response to Corruption Expose Produced by Navalny

December 18, 2015

Pros­e­cu­tor Chaika’s Role in Mag­nit­sky Case Explains His Unhinged Attack on Bill Brow­der in Response to Cor­rup­tion Expose Pro­duced by Navalny

Yuri Chaika

 

18 Decem­ber 2015 – Russ­ian Gen­eral Pros­e­cu­tor Yuri Chaika played a sig­nif­i­cant  role in the ill-treatment and death in cus­tody of Sergei Mag­nit­sky and the sub­se­quent cover up in his case. Chaika’s recent emo­tional attack on Bill Brow­der, the head of Mag­nit­sky Jus­tice Cam­paign, can be explained by his com­plic­ity in the Mag­nit­sky case and the pres­sure it has put on him internationally.

 

It is no coin­ci­dence that in response to alle­ga­tions of brazen abuse by his sons and senior pros­e­cu­tors made in Alexei Navalny’s video ear­lier this month, Gen­eral Pros­e­cu­tor Chaika decided to unleash his frus­tra­tion on Mag­nit­sky jus­tice cam­paign­ers. This is because of Chaika’s per­sonal role in the Mag­nit­sky case and its sub­se­quent cover up,” said Bill Brow­der, head of the Mag­nit­sky Jus­tice Cam­paign, and author of ‘Red Notice’.

 

The chronol­ogy of Chaika’s role in the Mag­nit­sky case is sum­ma­rized below:

 

1) On Decem­ber 3rd 2007, the Her­mitage Fund wrote a crim­i­nal com­plaint to Pros­e­cu­tor Chaikabased on Sergei Magnitsky’s inves­ti­ga­tion about the theft of Her­mitage Fund’s com­pa­nies and the cre­ation of $1 bil­lion of fake lia­bil­i­ties which were exe­cuted with doc­u­ments seized by the police. This was three weeks before $230 mil­lion were stolen from the Russ­ian bud­get. Chaika assigned the crime report to his deputy Vic­tor Grin, who took no action. Had Chaika and Grin acted, they would have pre­vented the theft of $230 mil­lion from the Russ­ian people.

 

2) On July 23rd 2008, the Her­mitage Fund filed a sec­ond crim­i­nal com­plaintto Pros­e­cu­tor Chaika pre­pared based on Sergei Magnitsky’s inves­ti­ga­tion describ­ing the dis­cov­ery that the theft of the Her­mitage Fund’s com­pa­nies was per­pe­trated in order to steal $230 mil­lion of taxes paid by Her­mitage Fund’s com­pa­nies to the Russ­ian Gov­ern­ment. Pros­e­cu­tor Chaika became per­son­ally involved in over­see­ing the inves­ti­ga­tion, with his senior aid pros­e­cu­tor Bumazhkin respond­ing on 18 August 2008 that the inves­ti­ga­tion was under the con­trol of the Gen­eral Prosecutor’s Office and had exon­er­ated the low-level per­pe­tra­tors for the lack of crime in their actions. Chaika’s office later also exon­er­ated all tax offi­cials who approved the largest tax refund in Russ­ian his­tory in one day say­ing they were ‘tricked and deceived.’

 

3) On Novem­ber 24th 2008, Hermitage’s lawyer Sergei Mag­nit­sky was arrested by the same police offi­cials who were impli­cated in his tes­ti­mony and the crime report Her­mitage sub­mit­ted to Chaika that sum­mer. He was sub­se­quently tor­tured in prison to get him to retract his testimony.

 

4) On June 8th 2009, the Inter­na­tional Bar Asso­ci­a­tion wrote to Pros­e­cu­tor Chaika seek­ing his inter­ven­tion in the case of unlaw­ful arrest of Sergei Mag­nit­sky. A sim­i­lar let­ter of inter­ven­tion was addressed to Chaika on 24 July 2009 by the Eng­lish Law Soci­ety. In Sep­tem­ber 2009, Chaika’s office responded that there were “no vio­la­tions in Sergei Magnitsky’s case and no rea­sons to intervene.”

 

5) On August 17th 2009, Sergei Mag­nit­sky filed a com­plaint against Pros­e­cu­tor Chaikaand held him per­son­ally respon­si­ble for the vio­la­tion of his human rights in deten­tion by Chaika’s sub­or­di­nates (pros­e­cu­tors Burov and Peche­gin) who by law were man­dated to intervene.

 

6) On Sep­tem­ber 11th 2009, Sergei Magnitsky’s lawyers wrote to Pros­e­cu­tor Chaika about the pres­sure being applied to Sergei Mag­nit­sky to force him to give false tes­ti­mony and the with­hold­ing of med­ical care. Chaika’s office replied in Octo­ber 2009 stat­ing that ‘no phys­i­cal or psy­cho­log­i­cal pres­sure was exerted on defen­dant  S.L.Magnitsky…There are no grounds to take mea­sures of pros­e­cu­to­r­ial response.”

 

7) On Novem­ber 16th 2009, after suf­fer­ing from months of tor­ture and neglect, Sergei Mag­nit­sky died after a beat­ing with rub­ber batons by guards.

 

8) In July 2010, Pros­e­cu­tor Chaika com­mented on Mag­nit­sky case not find­ing any respon­si­bil­ity of the Gen­eral Prosecutor’s office, only of prison per­son­nel.

 

9) In May 2011, Chaika’s senior sub­or­di­nate issued con­clu­sions exon­er­at­ing Inte­rior Min­istry offi­cers from respon­si­bil­ity for the false arrest and tor­ture in deten­tion of Sergei Magnitsky.

 

10) On 31 May 2011, Pres­i­dent Medvedev ordered Chaikato exer­cise per­sonal con­trol over the Mag­nit­sky death inves­ti­ga­tion and the inves­ti­ga­tion into the $230 mil­lion fraud.

 

11) On 1 June 2011, Pros­e­cu­tor Chaika announced that he would bring creme de la creme of pros­e­cu­tors to over­see the Mag­nit­sky case. The offi­cial Gen­eral Prosecutor’s Office state­ment said: “Due to the pub­lic res­o­nance on instruc­tion from the Pres­i­dent of Rus­sia, the Gen­eral Prosecutor’s Office has cre­ated a group of pros­e­cu­tors com­pris­ing employ­ees of dif­fer­ent spe­cialised depart­ments in order to strengthen and ensure qual­i­fied over­sight over the process and results of the inves­ti­ga­tion of crim­i­nal cases by the Inves­tiga­tive Com­mit­tee of Rus­sia and the Inves­tiga­tive Depart­ment of the Inte­rior Min­istry of Russia.”

 

12) On Jan­u­ary 23d 2012, Pros­e­cu­tor Chaika per­son­ally blocked the pro­posal from the President’s Human Rights Coun­cil to com­bine the inves­ti­ga­tions of Sergei Magnitsky’s death and the $230 mil­lion fraud he had uncov­ered, hav­ing con­cealed in his report to the Pres­i­dent that the con­clu­sions drawn by his senior sub­or­di­nates had exon­er­ated Inte­rior Min­istry offi­cials in the Mag­nit­sky case.

 

13) In March 2013, the inves­ti­ga­tion into Magnitsky’s death was closed, find­ing no crime occurred, the con­clu­sion that was approved by Chaika’s sub­or­di­nate pros­e­cu­tor Bochkaryev.

 

14) In 2013, Chaika’s Prosecutor’s Office advanced the posthu­mous trial over Sergei Mag­nit­sky, the first in Russ­ian legal his­tory, with posthu­mous indict­ment of Sergei Mag­nisky sanc­tioned by Chaika’s deputy Vic­tor Grin.

 

Pros­e­cu­tor Chaika was one of the key Russ­ian offi­cials respon­si­ble for the human rights vio­la­tions of Sergei Mag­nit­sky when he was still alive and the cover-up of offi­cial respon­si­bil­ity of Sergei Magnitsky’s mur­der after he died. It’s clear that he wants to silence the peo­ple who are call­ing him out,” said  Bill Browder.

 

For more infor­ma­tion please contact:                     

 

Jus­tice for Sergei Magnitsky

 

+44 207 440 1777

e-mail: info@lawandorderinrussia.org

www.lawandorderinrussia.org

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Russian Official Offers to Become FBI Informant to Assist Son Allegedly Involved in Money Laundering Scandal in Magnitsky Case

December 10, 2015

Russ­ian Offi­cial Offers to Become FBI Infor­mant to Assist Son Allegedly Involved in Money Laun­der­ing Scan­dal in Mag­nit­sky Case

Pyotr Kat­syv, for­mer Min­is­ter of Trans­port for Moscow Region, Vice Pres­i­dent of Russ­ian Railways

10 Decem­ber 2015 – Doc­u­ments filed in the US court in the first US civil money laun­der­ing case involv­ing the $230 mil­lion crime that Sergei Mag­nit­sky had uncov­ered, show that Pyotr (also spelled Petr) Kat­syv, a senior Russ­ian gov­ern­ment offi­cial, offered to become an FBI infor­mant to help set­tle the money laun­der­ing action brought against his son’s com­pany in the Mag­nit­sky case.

Accord­ing to court doc­u­ments, Pyotr Kat­syv, cur­rently Vice Pres­i­dent of Russ­ian Rail­ways, and for­mer Vice Pre­mier of the Moscow Regional Gov­ern­ment, offered the US Gov­ern­ment to meet to pro­vide infor­ma­tion on “crim­i­nal activ­ity in Rus­sia.” This offer was pre­ceded by a meet­ing between his son, Denis Kat­syv, and FBI Spe­cial Agent in Rome, Italy.

Fol­low­ing the offer from Pyotr Kat­syv, plans were made by the US Depart­ment of Jus­tice to meet him in Hun­gary in Sep­tem­ber 2014. How­ever, he did not show up at the meeting.

One month later, in Octo­ber 2014,  it was announced that Pyotr Kat­syv was appointed vice pres­i­dent of Russ­ian Rail­ways, the Russ­ian state com­pany, whose for­mer chair­man Vladimir Yakunin is a close ally of Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin and sub­ject of US sanc­tions. Pyotr Kat­syv then informed the US Gov­ern­ment that that he wanted to “nego­ti­ate a set­tle­ment” in the case of his son, Denis Katsyv.

Denis Kat­syv

Denis Katsyv’s com­pany, Pre­ve­zon Hold­ings, is defen­dant in the civil for­fei­ture and money laun­der­ing case brought by the US Depart­ment of Jus­tice in 2013. The US court froze US$14 mil­lion of Pre­ve­zon assets in real estate and bank accounts pend­ing trial in this action.

In addi­tion to the US pro­ceed­ing, assets of Denis Kastyv and Pre­ve­zon have been frozen by the Swiss Gen­eral Pros­e­cu­tor under the crim­i­nal money laun­der­ing inves­ti­ga­tion con­nected to the same $230 mil­lion fraud uncov­ered by Sergei Mag­nit­sky. In 2005, another com­pany of Denis Kat­syv, Mar­tash, had 35 mil­lion shekels (U.S. $8 mil­lion) con­fis­cated as part of set­tle­ment of a sep­a­rate money laun­der­ing inves­ti­ga­tion by the Gov­ern­ment of Israel.

 

Accord­ing to the US Gov­ern­ment, Katsyv’s com­pany was involved in laun­der­ing into Man­hat­tan real estate pro­ceeds con­nected to the $230 mil­lion crime. The US Gov­ern­ment has traced over US$4.2 mil­lion in false and ques­tion­able wire trans­fers to Pre­ve­zon, described as pay­ments for “bath tubs,” “auto spare parts,” video equip­ment” and other goods, while Pre­ve­zon is a real estate com­pany that has noth­ing to do with man­u­fac­tur­ing or trad­ing goods. Nearly $2 mil­lion of those trans­fers have been traced by the US Gov­ern­ment to the $230 mil­lion crime in Rus­sia uncov­ered by Sergei Magnitsky.

 

Accord­ing to court fil­ings, Denis Kat­syv met with FBI Spe­cial Agent Penza in Rome on 12 Feb­ru­ary 2014. He was accom­pa­nied to the meet­ing by his Russ­ian attor­ney. The meet­ing, accord­ing to Denis Katsyv’s lawyers, was held at the rec­om­men­da­tion of an unnamed Israeli “consultant.”

 

Explain­ing the orig­i­nal meet­ing with FBI, Denis Katsyv’s lawyers said:

 

Mr Kat­syv was approached by an Israeli gen­tle­man who rep­re­sented that he was a con­sul­tant in for­fei­ture cases and could assist Mr Kat­syv in this case. This indi­vid­ual con­vinced Mr Kat­syv to meet with FBI agents in Rome.”

 

After the Rome meet­ing, the FBI informed the US Depart­ment of Jus­tice, that Denis Kat­syv and his father, Pyotr Kat­syv, wanted to meet again “to pro­vide infor­ma­tion about crim­i­nal activ­ity in Rus­sia.

 

After learn­ing that Kat­syv senior wanted to “act as an arguable inter­me­di­ary” for Kat­syv junior, the US Depart­ment of Jus­tice ter­mi­nated plans to meet with him.

 

Born in 1953, Denis Katsyv’s father, Pyotr Kat­syv, has been a long-standing Russ­ian gov­ern­ment offi­cial. For twelve years, dur­ing 2000 – 2012, he served as Min­is­ter of Trans­porta­tion of the Moscow region, while his son’s com­pany was awarded trans­porta­tion con­tracts from the Moscow regional bud­get. Dur­ing 2012 – 2013, Pyotr Kat­syv was head of the Moscow Regional Government’s Depart­ment in charge of rela­tions with fed­eral gov­ern­ment. In Octo­ber 2014, Pyotr Kat­syv was appointed vice pres­i­dent of Russ­ian Rail­ways. Kat­syv senior is also mem­ber of the devel­op­ment com­mit­tee of the Trans­porta­tion Ministry.

 

Sergei Mag­nit­sky uncov­ered and tes­ti­fied about the $230 mil­lion fraud in Rus­sia. He was arrested by some of the same Russ­ian offi­cials he had impli­cated in his tes­ti­mony. Sergei Mag­nit­sky was tor­tured and killed in police cus­tody after 358 days in pre-trial deten­tion on 16 Novem­ber 2009. In 2012, the US Con­gress passed Sergei Mag­nit­sky Rule of Law Account­abil­ity Act impos­ing sanc­tions on those involved in Magnitsky’s ill-treatment and death, and their cover up.

The trial in the USA vs Pre­ve­zon is due to begin on 6 Jan­u­ary 2016. This US action is one in mul­ti­ple facets of the $230 mil­lion fraud, uncov­ered by Sergei Mag­nit­sky. Pro­ceeds from that crime have pre­vi­ously been traced to Swiss banks and real estate in Dubai owned by Russ­ian offi­cials and their relatives.

 

For more infor­ma­tion please contact:                   

 

Jus­tice for Sergei Magnitsky

 

+44 207 440 1777

e-mail: info@lawandorderinrussia.org

www.lawandorderinrussia.org

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Alleged Money Launderers in the Magnitsky Case to Be Brought to Trial in New York on January 6, 2016

December 3, 2015

Alleged Money Laun­der­ers in the Mag­nit­sky Case to Be Brought to Trial in New York on Jan­u­ary 6, 2016

 

3 Decem­ber 2015 – On Jan­u­ary 6, 2016, the US fed­eral court in the South­ern Dis­trict of New York, will hear the money laun­der­ing and civil for­fei­ture case — United States of Amer­ica ver­sus Pre­ve­zon Hold­ings Ltd (No 1:13-cv-06326).  This will be the first US legal action con­nected to the $230 mil­lion cor­rupt scheme uncov­ered and exposed by the late Sergei Magnitsky.

 

The trial is based on one facet of a $230 mil­lion tax rebate fraud, whose pro­ceeds pre­vi­ously have been traced to Swiss banks and real estate in Dubai.

 

Accord­ing to the com­plaint filed by the US Depart­ment of Jus­tice, Pre­ve­zon Hold­ings Ltd received nearly two mil­lion dol­lars con­nected to the $230 mil­lion fraud scheme exposed by Sergei Mag­nit­sky, and invested comin­gled pro­ceeds in multi-million dol­lar prop­er­ties in Manhattan.

 

The com­plaint alleges that shortly after the $230 mil­lion fraud was per­pe­trated, Pre­ve­zon received sev­eral wire trans­fers from the fraud through shell com­pa­nies stat­ing fic­ti­tious rea­sons. For exam­ple, some of the wire trans­fers were described as pay­ments for bath sets and auto parts, while Pre­ve­zon is a real estate com­pany that has noth­ing to do with man­u­fac­tur­ing or trad­ing either of these goods.

 

Pre­ve­zon is a com­pany owned by Denis Kat­syv, the 38-year old son of the vice pres­i­dent of Russ­ian Rail­ways and for­mer Trans­porta­tion Min­is­ter of the Moscow Region for­mer Trans­porta­tion Min­is­ter of the Moscow Region in Rus­sia Petr Katsyv.

 

The US Depart­ment of Justice’s fil­ing says: “Russ­ian crim­i­nal orga­ni­za­tion includ­ing cor­rupt Russ­ian gov­ern­ment offi­cials defrauded Russ­ian tax­pay­ers of approx­i­mately 5.4 bil­lion rubles, or approx­i­mately $230 mil­lion in United States dol­lars, through an elab­o­rate tax refund fraud scheme. After per­pe­trat­ing this fraud, mem­bers of the Orga­ni­za­tion have under­taken ille­gal actions in order to con­ceal this fraud and retal­i­ate against indi­vid­u­als who attempted to expose it. As a result of these retal­ia­tory actions, Sergei Mag­nit­sky, a Russ­ian attor­ney who exposed the fraud scheme, was falsely arrested and died in pre­trial detention.”

 

“Mem­bers of the Orga­ni­za­tion, and asso­ciates of those mem­bers, have also engaged in a broad pat­tern of money laun­der­ing in order to con­ceal the pro­ceeds of the fraud scheme. This money laun­der­ing activ­ity has included the pur­chase of pieces of Man­hat­tan real estate with funds com­min­gled with fraud pro­ceeds,” says the filing.

 

Specif­i­cally, a month after $230 mil­lion were stolen from the Russ­ian Trea­sury, over $857,000 of stolen funds were wired from Rus­sia via Moldovan shell com­pa­nies to Prevezon’s account in Switzer­land. The wire trans­fers were described as pay­ments for acrylic bath sets “Doc­tor Jet”, Sicilia (Italy), with dimen­sions of 190 x 120/95 x 65, when Pre­ve­zon did not sell these bath sets.

 

Bath “Doc­tor Jet”

http://doctor-jet.ru/catalog/rectangular/sicilia/

 

The first wire to Pre­ve­zon of $410,000 came on 6 Feb­ru­ary 2008, pur­port­edly for 280 bath­tubs. The sec­ond wire to Pre­ve­zon of $447,354 on 13 Feb­ru­ary 2008 pur­port­edly for 306 bath­tubs. Both came from shell Moldovan com­pa­nies, Buni­con Impex and Ele­nast Com, that did not engage in any legit­i­mate activity.

 

In addi­tion to these wires, Pre­ve­zon received $1,108,090.55 dur­ing Feb­ru­ary and March of 2008 in pro­ceeds from the $230 mil­lion fraud scheme, accord­ing to the US Government’s complaint.

 

These addi­tional trans­fers came from a BVI com­pany, described in the US Government’s fil­ing as “Company-1,” as pur­ported pay­ments for “auto spare parts.” The BVI com­pany, in turn, accu­mu­lated funds from the same Moldova’s Buni­con Impex via two inter­me­di­ary shell com­pa­nies, Mega­com Tran­sit and Castle­front, who both had the same nom­i­nee admin­is­tra­tor, a Lat­vian cit­i­zen Volde­mar Spatz, who was listed as direc­tor of over 200 New Zealand companies.

 

“As of March 20, 2008, the real estate com­pany Pre­ve­zon Hold­ings had received a total of at least $1,965,444.55 in pro­ceeds from the $230 Mil­lion Fraud Scheme from three dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies, Buni­con, Ele­nast, and Company-1, in wire trans­fers describ­ing the funds as pre­pay­ment for san­i­tary equip­ment or for auto­mo­tive spare parts.”

 

The US Government’s fil­ing iden­ti­fies six fur­ther pay­ments to Pre­ve­zon made between Feb­ru­ary and June 2008 that it iden­ti­fies as “false and questionable”:

 

  1. On Feb­ru­ary 14, 2008, Pre­ve­zon Hold­ings Ltd received $70,000 from the Belize com­pany Mobiner Trade Ltd. pur­port­edly for “tech­ni­cal equipment.”

 

  1. On May 12, 2008, Pre­ve­zon Hold­ings received 93,717.03 euros from British Vir­gin Islands com­pany Gen­e­sis Trad­ing Invest­ments Ltd. pur­port­edly for “com­puter equipment.”

 

  1. In two trans­fers on May 29 and June 4, 2008, Pre­ve­zon Hold­ings received $697,408.30 from the Belize com­pany Cefron Invest Ltd. pur­port­edly for “com­puter equipment.”

 

  1. On May 30, 2008, Pre­ve­zon Hold­ings received $272,400 from Apa­sitto Ltd. pur­port­edly for “video equipment.”

 

  1. On June 4, 2008, Pre­ve­zon Hold­ings received $292,039.18 from the Cyprus com­pany Nysorko Ltd. pur­port­edly for “home appliances.”

 

  1. On June 13, 2008, Pre­ve­zon Hold­ings received $779,128.80 from the Cyprus com­pany Wel­dar Hold­ings Lim­ited pur­port­edly for “goods.”

 

 “At all rel­e­vant times, Pre­ve­zon Hold­ings was not in the busi­ness of sup­ply­ing san­i­tary equip­ment, auto spare parts, tech­ni­cal equip­ment, com­puter equip­ment, video equip­ment, home appli­ances, or other goods. Dur­ing this time period, these false and ques­tion­able pay­ments rep­re­sented the sub­stan­tial major­ity of the inflows into the Pre­ve­zon Hold­ings,” says the US Depart­ment of Jus­tice in their civil for­fei­ture and money laun­der­ing complaint.

 

Pre­ve­zon said in their defence that the funds came from Moldova to their Swiss account from a Russ­ian investor called Mr Petrov, accord­ing to a PR rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Denis Kat­syv, cited in the US Government’s com­plaint: “Representative-1 stated that the funds involved in the Feb­ru­ary 2008 Buni­con and Ele­nast Trans­fers derived from a deal between Krit [asso­ciate of Denis Kat­syv] and “his friend, a Mr. Petrov.” Representative-1 claimed that “Mr. Petrov” and Krit “agreed jointly to develop a busi­ness based on invest­ments in and man­age­ment of prop­erty. Under the agree­ment Mr. Petrov was to trans­fer funds to Pre­ve­zon for this pur­pose.

 

The US Government’s com­plaint also asserts that Denis Kat­syv, the owner of Pre­ve­zon Hold­ings Ltd, had pre­vi­ous issues con­nected to money laun­der­ing in the State of Israel. In the Israeli pro­ceed­ings, a com­pany wholly owned by Kat­syv, had 35 mil­lion shekels (worth approx­i­mately U.S. $8 mil­lion in 2005) con­fis­cated by the State of Israel as part of a set­tle­ment based on the State of Israel’s alle­ga­tions that the com­pany had vio­lated Israel’s Pro­hi­bi­tion of Money Laun­der­ing Law.

 

The US Gov­ern­ment seeks in this action to seize the Man­hat­tan prop­er­ties and US assets of Pre­ve­zon Hold­ings and impose money laun­der­ing penalties.

 

The case was brought to the atten­tion of the US Gov­ern­ment by the Jus­tice for Sergei Mag­nit­sky cam­paign in Decem­ber 2012. It is one of many inves­ti­ga­tions around the world into the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the $230 mil­lion fraud uncov­ered by Sergei Magnitsky.

 

A year before the US Gov­ern­ment launched its suit against Pre­ve­zon Hold­ings in the US court, in Sep­tem­ber 2012, the Swiss Gen­eral Pros­e­cu­tor froze the accounts of Denis Kat­syv, Pre­ve­zon Hold­ings and related per­sons in con­nec­tion with the same $230 mil­lion fraud. When Denis Kat­syv sought to unfreeze his accounts in the Swiss courts, his appli­ca­tion was rejected.

 

Today, about US$40 mil­lion have been frozen world­wide in the legal pro­ceed­ings con­nected to the $230 mil­lion fraud and money laun­der­ing, includ­ing in Switzer­land, France, Lux­em­bourg and Monaco.

 

Jus­tice for Sergei Mag­nit­sky cam­paign has been assist­ing the pros­e­cut­ing author­i­ties to seek jus­tice and iden­tify ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the crime exposed by Sergei Mag­nit­sky and those who ben­e­fited from his mur­der in Russ­ian police cus­tody six years ago, in Novem­ber 2009, after he tes­ti­fied about the com­plic­ity of Russ­ian Inte­rior Min­istry offi­cials in the largest known tax refund fraud in Russ­ian history.

 

Since the death of Sergei Mag­nit­sky, Russ­ian offi­cials involved in his wrong­ful arrest, tor­ture and mur­der, have been exon­er­ated, hon­oured and pro­moted. As it has proven impos­si­ble to get jus­tice inside Rus­sia today, we are look­ing out­side of Rus­sia for infor­ma­tion on who ben­e­fited from the crime Sergei Mag­nit­sky uncov­ered so that they face jus­tice,” said a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Jus­tice for Sergei Mag­nit­sky campaign.

 

Sergei Mag­nit­sky, a Russ­ian lawyer, uncov­ered the largest publicly-known cor­rup­tion case in Rus­sia involv­ing the theft of $230 mil­lion, and tes­ti­fied about it nam­ing com­plicit Russ­ian offi­cials. He was arrested by some of the impli­cated offi­cials, held in pre-trial deten­tion for 358 days, and killed in Russ­ian police cus­tody on 16 Novem­ber 2009.  After Sergei Magnitsky’s death, the Russ­ian gov­ern­ment pro­moted and hon­oured offi­cials involved in his deten­tion and death.

 

For more infor­ma­tion please contact:                    

 

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Сотрудники МВД, посмертно преследующие Сергея Магнитского, оперируют на Кипре как дома

December 1, 2015

Сотрудники  МВД, посмертно преследующие Сергея Магнитского, оперируют на Кипре как дома

1 декабря 2015 года – Сотрудники Следственного департамента МВД, ведущие посмертное преследование Сергея Магнитского, совершили поездку на Кипр. Ее целью являлось получение документов и опрос сотрудников юридической фирмы, обслуживающей в Никосии компании фонда Hermitage.

Для получения разрешения властей Кипра на предоставление правовой помощи, сотрудники МВД России прибегли к обману, сообщив, что они якобы ведут расследование мошенничества, умолчав при этом, что в нем они посмертно обвиняют убитого ими Сергея Магнитского.

С помощью обмана попав на Кипр, начальник управления по расследованию организованной преступной деятельности МВД РФ Сергей Петряшов (https://35.mvd.ru/news/item/2577609/) и подполковник МВД РФ Артем Ранченков (http://artprotest.org/cgi-bin/news.pl?&id=5739), получивший скандальную известность за “церковно-уголовное” преследование PussyRiothttp://mizugadro.mydns.jp/t/index.php/File:Ranchenkov0001wbxx.jpeg) получили на Кипре радушный прием.

«Единственной целью посмертного преследования Сергея и возбуждения политически мотивированных уголовных дел против Her­mitage является остановка глобальной кампании по расследованию российской коррупции и отмыванию 5.4 млрд. рублей, хищение которых было раскрыто Сергеем Магнитским. Сотрудники МВД на Кипре должны понимать, что помогая российским правоохранительным органам в этом деле, они способствуют прежде все укрывательству следов хищения 5.4 млрд. рублей, а также посмертному обвинению Сергея Магнитского, который отдал жизнь в борьбе с российской коррупцией. Сегодня коррумпированная российская власть, пренебрегающая международными нормами, тем не менее  продолжает использовать международные соглашения в незаконных целях, преследуя неугодных людей даже после их гибели», — сказал представитель компании «Справедливость для Сергея Магнитского».

Данные действия входят в прямое противоречие с договором об оказании правовой помощи между Кипром и Россией и Европейской конвенцией о правовой помощи по уголовным делам, запрещающим ее предоставление в случаях, несоответствующих общепринятым фундаментальным ценностям, к которым относятся уважение прав человека и противодействие коррупции.

Начальник управления Следственного департамента МВД РФ Сергей Петряшов ранее отказал матери Сергея Магнитского в доступе к документам уголовных дел, в которых содержится информация о лицах, «отмывших» похищенные у российских граждан 5,4 миллиардов рублей в рамках преступления, раскрытого Сергеем Магнитским, сообщив, что она «не имеет права знакомиться и получать копии» этих дел.

Аналогичным отказом на запрос матери Сергея Магнитского ответил подполковник МВД РФ Артем Ранченков. Необоснованными отказами чиновники МВД Петряшов и Ранченков блокируют усилия матери Магнитского по установлению справедливости в отношении погибшего сына.

За дополнительной информацией обращайтесь:
Программа «Справедливость для Сергея Магнитского»

 

+44 207 440 1777

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Для информации:

  1. Российский налоговый юрист Сергей Магнитский раскрыл хищение 5.4 млрд. руб. налогов из российского бюджета, осуществленное путем одобрения налоговыми инспекциями №25 и №28 г.Москвы незаконного возврата налогов, и дал показания о роли сотрудников МВД  в данном преступлении.
  2. Расследование Сергея Магнитского выявило, что преступная группа с участием госчиновников на протяжении многих лет занималась незаконным возвратом налогов из бюджета.
  3. После публикации информации о предыдущих незаконных возвратах из бюджета, Сергей Магнитский был арестован по вымышленному обвинению теми же сотрудниками МВД, которых он обвинял в причастности к хищению 5.4 млрд. рублей.
  4. Сергей Магнитский провел в предварительном заключении почти год, его 21 раз переводили из камеры в камеру, создавая ему пыточные условия содержания и лишая доступа к медицинской помощи, как установил Совет по правам человека при Президенте РФ. 16 ноября 2009 г. его внезапно перевели якобы для лечения  в СИЗО Матросская тишина, где его избивали в изоляционном боксе с применением резиновых дубинок, пока он не умер в возрасте 37 лет.
  5. 12 ноября 2010 года на годовом конгрессе международной организации «Транспаренси Интернешионал» Сергей Магнитский был посмертно удостоен премии «За вклад в борьбу за справедливость».
  6. Июль 2012 года. Парламентская Ассамблея ОБСЕ приняла резолюцию Магнитского, призывающую ввести визовые санкции в отношении лиц, причастных к незаконному задержанию, пыткам и убийству Сергея Магнитского.
  7. В декабре 2012 года Президент США подписал Закон о правосудии имени Сергея Магнитского, который позволяет вводить финансовые санкции и запрещать въезд на территорию США российским официальным и частным лицам, причастным к незаконному преследованию борцов с коррупцией и нарушению прав человека.
  8. 12 апреля 2013 года, 20 мая 2014 года и 30 декабря 2014 года Департамент по контролю за активами Федерального казначейства США внес 34 человека в списки запрещенных лиц, в соответствии с Законом о правосудии имени Сергея Магнитского.
  9. 2 апреля 2014 года Европейский парламент принял рекомендацию Магнитского, призывающую страны-члены Евросоюза принять меры, аналогичные введенным в США в отношении лиц, причастных к преступлению против Сергея Магнитского и раскрытому им хищению государственных средств.
  10. 28 января 2014 года Парламентская Ассамблея Совета Европы абсолютным большинством голосов одобрила доклад о деле Сергея Магнитского и резолюцию, которая напрямую обвинила власти Российской Федерации в крупномасштабном укрывательстве следов раскрытого Сергеем Магнитским хищения и призвала страны, участвующие в расследовании отмывания похищенных 5.4 млрд. рублей, объединить усилия для привлечения к ответственности лиц, получивших выгоду от этого преступления.


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