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Museum of Journalism and Free Speech in Washington to Screen US Premiere of Kremlin anti-Magnitsky Propaganda Film

June 8, 2016

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Museum of Journalism and Free Speech in Washington to Screen US Premiere of Kremlin anti-Magnitsky Propaganda Film

 

8 June 2016 – On Monday, 13 June 2016, Norwegian PirayaFilms AS plans to screen the anti-Magnitsky propaganda film at the free speech museum in Washington, Newseum, at 6:30 pm.

 

In an anonymous email sent yesterday from a “The Magnitsky Act Screening” gmail account:  themagnitskyactscreening@gmail.com to an undisclosed list of recipients, Piraya Films AS invites to “a special screening of The Magnitsky Act with reception and Q&A by Director Andrei Nekrasov moderated by Seymour Hersh.”  The event is to take place at the Newseum’s Knight Conference Center, 7th floor.

 

Norwegian Piraya Films AS intends for members of the US Congress and their staffers to attend the screening, saying:

 

“This event complies with congressional gift rules so that Members and staff of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives may attend.”

 

The attendance at the screening is to be tightly controlled. The guests are told that “photo identification will be required for entry into this event as it is by invitation only” and that the invitation itself is “not transferrable.”

 

The anti-Magnitsky propaganda film, containing an entirely false and defamatory narrative of the Russian authorities, was directed by Russian filmmaker Andrei Nekrasov, who supported Putin’s invasion into Ukraine, and produced by a Norwegian film company associated with him, called Piraya Film AS.

 

“The lies presented in the anti-Magnitsky film are not new, and are based on the past narrative from the Russian authorities who covered up the murder of Sergei Magnitsky and the criminals who stole $230 million from the Russian people – the crime Magnitsky exposed,” said William Browder, leader of the global Magnitsky justice movement and author of “Red Notice: How I Became Putin’s No 1 Enemy.

 

“However, the grandiose and brazen falsification in the anti-Magnitsky film because of its scope and the ramification for international policy towards Russia is akin to other attempts to re-write history and falsify the truth, seen in the case of Soviets’ denying their involvement in the Katyn massacre or claims denying that the Holocaust existed,” said William Browder.

 

Russian human rights activists who conducted an independent investigation into the Magnitsky’s case have publicly denounced the anti-Magnitsky film.

 

Ludmila Alexeeva, head of the Moscow Helsinki Group, and one of the last surviving leaders of the Soviet dissident movement, said on 4 May 2016:

 

“The high-profile exposure of corruption was started specifically by Sergei Magnitsky. That is why it is so important for the people complicit in the conspiracy to defame Magnitsky and the evidence which he made public. As a result, this film appeared…  To try to show that everything – what Magnitsky first said, then the Panama leaks – are nonsense. What they want is to revoke sanctions. They decided to start with the disavowing of the Magnitsky list.”

 

“I have no idea who specifically is behind this [Andrei Nekrasov’s] film and who hired the author, I have no idea. But one thing is clear – these are the people who are very interested to disavow the evidence of corruption, which started to emerge first with the case of Magnitsky (and thanks to Magnitsky), and continues to emerge, but on a global scale (such as the Panama leaks),” said Ludmila Alexeeva (http://www.novayagazeta.ru/politics/72940.html).

 

Valery Borschev, head of the Moscow Public Oversight Commission, an independent panel that under Russian law investigated Magnitsky’s death since 2009, said on 2 May 2016:

 

“I state firmly: the film does not reflect the true state of affairs in part concerning the detention of Magnitsky.” (http://www.novayagazeta.ru/politics/72931.html).

 

When the anti-Magnitsky film was first proposed in April 2016 for a screening at the European Parliament in Brussels by Finnish MEP Heidi Hautala, the Magnitsky family made a public statement against any form of distribution of this film because of its false and defamatory content.

 

The European parliament then cancelled the film screening on 27 April 2016. Shortly after, the French TV network ARTE declined to broadcast the anti-Magnitsky film in May 2016. The German TV station ZDF also declined to broadcast the film in May 2016.

 

Yesterday, on June 7, 2016, following an application to the Oslo City Court for an injunction by the Magnitsky family, the Norwegian film festival, Kortfilmfestivalen, withdrew the anti-Magnitsky film produced by Piraya Films AS from its program on June 9-10, 2016. Judge Henning Kristiansen signed the transcript of the proceeding, which confirms that the festival will not show the film in any version.

 

“No public interest dictates spreading of an untrue and grossly defamatory film of this nature. As previously mentioned, defamation in the film includes the “acquittal” of Russian authorities for gross corruption and serious human rights violations in the Magnitsky case. The public is not well served by disinformation,” said the Magnitsky family in their injunction application to the Oslo court.

 

Piraya Films AS is co-owned by Norwegians Bjarte Mørner Tveit and Torstein Grude, who also serve as Piraya Films’s CEO and Chairman respectively, with a further 10% owned by Sobra AS, a real estate company belonging to Find Gjedebo, according to the Norwegian corporate registry.

 

Sergei Magnitsky, Hermitage’s lawyer who uncovered the US$230 million fraud and testified about the complicity of Russian officials in it, was falsely arrested, detained for 358 days without trial, tortured and killed in Russian police custody at the age of 37. The events of this case are described in the New-York Times best-seller “Red Notice  by William Browder and in a series of campaign videos on Youtube channel “Russian Untouchables.” Recently, thanks to Panama Papers, proceeds of US$230 million fraud uncovered by Sergei Magnitsky, were traced to Swiss account of a company owned by Sergei Roldugin, a close friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

 

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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Oslo City Court Confirms to Sergei Magnitsky’s Family that Anti-Magnitsky Propaganda Film Will Not Be Shown

June 7, 2016

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Oslo City Court Confirms to Sergei Magnitsky’s Family that Anti-Magnitsky Propaganda Film Will Not Be Shown

 

7 June 2016 – The widow and mother of late Sergei Magnitsky have been informed by the Oslo City Court that the Norwegian film festival, Kortfilmfestivalen, has removed the anti-Magnitsky film from its 9-10 June  2016 program, following the family’s application for  court injunction.

 

“The filmmakers have acted negligently when they decided to put forward such defamation on a clearly deficient factual basis.Kortfilmfestivalen must be identified with the notion of negligence when it has not made the factual investigation of the allegation in the film,” said the injunction application filed by Carl Bore, lawyer for the Magnitsky family.

 

The Oslo City Court accepted the injunction application on Monday, 6 June 2016, and set the oral hearing date for Wednesday, 8 June 2016. However, at a preliminary hearing today, 7 June 2016, the Kortfilmfestivalen announced that they will not show the film by Andrei Nekrasov.

 

Judge Henning Kristiansen signed the transcript of the proceeding, which confirms that the festival will not show the film in any version.

 

“Magnitsky Act shall not be shown at the festival, neither in whole or in part, nor in any version. This also covers other versions included in the current film project,” says the court protocol signed by the judge.

 

“No public interest dictates spreading of an untrue and grossly defamatory film of this nature. As previously mentioned, defamation in the film includes the “acquittal” of Russian authorities for gross corruption and serious human rights violations in the Magnitsky case. The public is not well served by disinformation,” said the Magnitsky family in their injunction application.

 

The Magnitsky family first wrote to the Kortfilmfestivalen on Monday, 30 May 2016, asking the festival to remove the film from the program because of its false and defamatory content. The letter from the Magnitsky family was supported by numerous documents and evidence demonstrating the falsity of film’s allegations. However, Norwegian Kortfilmfestivalen refused to disassociate themselves from the film, and maintained the film in the program for 9-10 June 2016.

 

Because of the festival’s refusal, the Magnitsky family had to apply to the Norwegian court seeking an injunction. The injunction application was filed on behalf of the Magnitsky family and William Browder, leader of Magnitsky justice movement, with the Oslo City Court on Monday, 6 June 2016. The festival only announced that it would withdraw the film from the program after they had been taken to court. However, Kortfilmfestivalen simultaneously asserted on its website that it “continues to support Piraya Film and Nekrasov in their desire to finish this film project,” apparently being unmoved by the pain and distress their actions have caused Sergei Magnitsky’s widow and mother.

 

Kortfilmfestivalen is run with funding from the Norwegian state, Aust-Agder county and Grimstad municipality.

 

Previously, the anti-Magnitsky film by Andrei Nekrasov was withdrawn from broadcast by the European Parliament, French TV station ARTE and German TV station ZDF.

 

The anti-Magnitsky film was directed by Andrei Nekrasov and produced by a Norwegian film company, Piraya Film AS.PirayaFilm AS is co-owned by Norwegians Bjarte Mørner Tveit and Torstein Grude, who also serve as Piraya Film’s CEO and Chairman respectively, with a further 10% owned by Sobra AS, a real estate company belonging to Find Gjedebo, according to the Norwegian corporate registry.

 

Sergei Magnitsky, Hermitage’s lawyer who uncovered the US$230 million fraud and testified about the complicity of Russian officials in it, was falsely arrested, detained for 358 days without trial, tortured and killed in Russian police custody at the age of 37. The events of this case are described in the New-York Times best-seller “Red Notice. How I Became Putin’s No 1 Enemy by William Browder, leader of the global Magnitsky justice movement, and in a series of campaign videos on Youtube channel “Russian Untouchables.” Recently, thanks to Panama Papers, proceeds of US$230 million fraud uncovered by Sergei Magnitsky, were traced to Swiss account of a company owned by Sergei Roldugin, a close friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Justice for Sergei Magnitsky

+44 207 440 1777

e-mail: info@lawandorderinrussia.org

www.lawandorderinrussia.org

billbrowder.com

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New Magnitsky Sanctions Motion Introduced in the British Parliament

June 3, 2016

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New Magnitsky Sanctions Motion Introduced in the British Parliament

 

3 June 2016 – A new Magnitsky sanctions motion has been introduced in the British Parliament. The new motion calls for visa sanctions and UK asset freezes for individuals affected by the US Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act.

 

The UK’s Magnitsky Sanctions motion expresses concern that “many people in Russia have died as a result of uncovering fraud, corruption and human rights’ abuses carried out in that country.”

 

Themotion names a number of individuals already sanctioned by the US Government in the Magnitsky case, including Russian Interior Ministry officials Pavel Karpov, Artem Kuznetsov, Oleg Silchenko, Natalya Vinogradova, as well Russian tax officials Olga Stepanova and Elena Khimina.

 

The UK’s early day Magnitsky Sanctions motion has been signed by members of all major UK political parties, including the Conservative Party, Labour Party, Social Democratic and Labour Party, Scottish National Party, and Liberal Democrats.

 

“The British Government should pursue those linked to Magnitsky’s death,” said Tom Brake, MP, the primary sponsor of the Magnitsky Sanctions motion.

 

The new Magnitsky Sanctions motion comes at a time when the Russian government is conducting a full-scale assault on Magnitsky sanctions supporters both inside and outside the country. In the last month the Russian authorities opened a criminal case against William Browder and Alexei Navalny for a purported CIA plot to kill Sergei Magnitsky in Russian police custody. They also opened a criminal case against Alexei Navalny for alleged slander against US-sanctioned Russian Interior Ministry officer Pavel Karpov. In the context of that case, this week the Russian Interior Ministry raided Alexei Navalny’s home, seized all his phones, computer and Internet equipment, as well as his daughter’s phone and computer.

 

U.S. President Obama signed the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 into law on December 14, 2012. In February 2016, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry submitted to Congress the third annual report outlining the U.S. Government’s actions to implement the Magnitsky Act, and a new list of persons added to the Magnitsky sanctions list.

 

For further information please contact:

 

Justice for Sergei Magnitsky

+44 207 440 1777

e-mail:info@lawandorderinrussia.org

www.lawandorderinrussia.org

billbrowder.com

https://twitter.com/Billbrowder

 

UK Early Day Magnitsky Sanctions Motion introduced in the Parliament:

https://www.parliament.uk/edm/2015-16/1344



В британский парламент внесена новая резолюция о санкциях Магнитского

June 3, 2016

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В британский парламент внесена новая резолюция о санкциях Магнитского  

 

3 июня 2016 года – В британский парламент внесена новая резолюция о санкциях Магнитского. Резолюция предусматривает запрет на выдачу английских виз и замораживание активов в Великобритании для лиц, причастных к многомиллиардным хищениям бюджетных средств, раскрытых Сергеем Магнитским, и его убийству, подпадающих под действие Закона Магнитского, одобренного в США.

 

В новой резолюции о санкциях Магнитского выражена тревога в связи с гибелью и гонениями в России людей, изобличающих мошенничество, коррупцию и нарушения прав человека.

 

Резолюция о санкциях Магнитского поддержана представителями всех ведущих политических партий Великобритании, включая партии консерваторов, лейбористов, либерал-демократов, социал-демократов и Шотландскую национальную партию.

 

В резолюцию о санкциях Магнитского включены имена ряда сотрудников МВД России, в том числе Павла Карпова, Артема Кузнецова, Олега Сильченко, Натальи Виноградовой, а также российских налоговых чиновниц Елены Химиной и Ольги Степановой, одобривших мошеннический возврат из бюджета на счета преступников из организации Дмитрия Клюева в общей сложности 5,4 миллиардов рублей – преступления, раскрытого Сергеем Магнитским.

 

Сергей Магнитский, раскрывший схему хищения 5,4 миллиардов рублей и давший показания против чиновников, был арестован по сфабрикованному обвинению, в течение 358 дней удерживался в заключении и был убит 16 ноября 2009 года в следственном изоляторе «Матросская тишина» в возрасте 37 лет.

 

В начале мая 2016 г. в Британском парламенте прошли слушания в отношении обнаружения в Великобритании свыше 30 миллионов долларов, отмытых преступным сообществом Дмитрия Клюева.  Поступившие средства были потрачены на оплату роскошных яхт, услуг именитых архитекторов, эксклюзивных дизайнеров, ведущих риэлторов элитного жилья, аренду частных самолетов, дорогостоящие покупки в модных бутиках, обучение в элитарном колледже, престижные кредитные карты и т.д.

 

О подробностях дела Сергея Магнитского читайте в книге Уильяма Браудера «Красный циркуляр», ставшей международным бестселлером. Книга доступна российскому читателю в электронном виде бесплатно: http://www.billbrowder.com/Portals/0/downloads/Browder_Red Notice_RU_FINAL.pdf

 

Программа «Справедливость для Сергея Магнитского»

+44 207 440 1777

e-mail: info@lawandorderinrussia.org

www.lawandorderinrussia.org

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Резолюция о санкциях Магнитского, внесенная в Парламент Великобритании:

https://www.parliament.uk/edm/2015-16/1344



Hermitage Seeks Money Laundering Investigation In Estonia Into Deputy Mayor of Moscow in Magnitsky Case

June 1, 2016

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Hermitage Seeks Money Laundering Investigation In Estonia Into Deputy Mayor of Moscow in Magnitsky Case

 

1 June 2016 – Hermitage Capital Management has filed a criminal complaint with the Estonian General Prosecutor seeking an investigation of funds received by an Estonian company, Transgroup Invest AS, which was 50% owned by Maxim Liksutov, who is currently deputy Mayor of Moscow.

 

In 2012, Transgroup Invest AS received US$336,153 from Zibar Management Inc, an offshore company registered in BVI and used by the Klyuev Organized Crime Group to launder proceeds from the US$230 million fraud uncovered by Sergei Magnitsky.

 

The funds were wired to Transgroup Invest AS from account of Zibar Management Inc with Cypriot branch of FBME, which had its licence revoked by the Central Bank in December 2015.

 

Zibar Management‘s nominal director, British citizen, Andrew Moray Stuart, served as director of hundreds other companies, including 214 BVI companies, 36 UK companies, 43 Irish and 4 New Zealand companies. While the company was dormant in BVI, it wired from its Cypriot account hundred thousands of dollars, including over $300,000 to Maxim Liksutov’s company in Estonia.

 

According to investigation of Panama Papers by German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and Russian Novaya Gazeta, Maxim Liksutov had a 50% share in Transgroup Invest, registered in Estonia prior to becoming deputy mayor of Moscow. Several months after the receipt of funds from Zibar Management, Maxim Liksutov transferred his share in Transgroup Invest to his wife, Tatiana, who he soon divorced.

 

Maxim Liksutov was ranked 157 in the Forbes Russia rich list in 2013, with an estimated fortune of $650 million. In the Moscow City government, Maxim Liksutov is in charge of transportation.

 

Previously, it was reported that a son of the Transportation Minister and Vice Premier of the Moscow Region Denis Katsyv is facing Swiss and US money laundering investigations into his Cypriot company, Prevezon Holdings, which is alleged to have received proceeds of the US$230 million fraud. His father Petr Katsyv, currently Vice President of Russian state monopoly, Russian Railways, was ranked 65 in the Forbes list of Russia’s richest officials.

 

A cellist Sergei Roldugin, a close friend of Vladimir Putin, was recently identified as 

yet another recipient of funds connected to the US$230 million fraud into his corporate Swiss account, according to “Panama Papers” investigation.

 

Sergei Magnitsky, Hermitage’s lawyer who uncovered the US$230 million fraud and testified about the complicity of Russian officials in it, was falsely arrested, detained for 358 days without trial, tortured and killed in Russian police custody at the age of 37.

 

The unprecedented events of this case are described in the New-York Times best-seller “Red Notice. How I Became Putin’s No 1 Enemy by William Browder, leader of the global Magnitsky justice movement, and in a series of justice campaign videos on Youtube channel “Russian Untouchables.”

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Justice for Sergei Magnitsky

+44 207 440 1777

e-mail: info@lawandorderinrussia.org

www.lawandorderinrussia.org

billbrowder.com

twitter.com/Billbrowder

 

 

 



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