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Magnitsky Amendment to Serious Crime Bill Introduced in the British Parliament

February 23, 2015

Mag­nit­sky Amend­ment to Seri­ous Crime Bill Intro­duced in the British Parliament

 

23 Feb­ru­ary 2015 – Dominic Raab MP and a group of 22 mem­bers of the British par­lia­ment from across all par­ties have sub­mit­ted an amend­ment to the Seri­ous Crime Bill, enti­tled the ‘Mag­nit­sky Amend­ment’. Co-sponsors of the Mag­nit­sky amend­ment include no less than seven cur­rent Com­mit­tee Chairs includ­ing Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP (Home Affairs Com­mit­tee), Rt Hon Mar­garet Hodge MP (Pub­lic Accounts Com­mit­tee) and Rt Hon Sir Mal­colm Rifkind MP (Intel­li­gence & Secu­rity Committee).

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/cbill/20142015/0160/amend/seriouscrimeaddednames.pdf

 

The Mag­nit­sky Amend­ment will require the gov­ern­ment to pub­lish the names of for­eign cit­i­zens who are not allowed to enter the UK due to their involve­ment in money laun­der­ing, seri­ous orga­nized crime, tor­ture and gross human rights abuses.

 

The Mag­nit­sky Amend­ment aims to ensure greater trans­parency con­cern­ing indi­vid­u­als who have been denied entry to the United King­dom. It builds on the rec­om­men­da­tion adopted by the For­eign Affairs Com­mit­tee of the British Par­lia­ment in its report review­ing the government’s human rights poli­cies, which urged the pub­li­ca­tion of names of indi­vid­u­als banned from enter­ing the UK due to their involve­ment in the Mag­nit­sky case.

(http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmselect/cmfaff/116/116.pdf ).

 

The Mag­nit­sky Amend­ment is also aimed to har­mo­nize British leg­is­la­tion with the U.S. Mag­nit­sky Act of 2012, which requires the US Gov­ern­ment to pub­lish a list of per­sons banned from entry to the United States because of involve­ment in cor­rup­tion, includ­ing the cor­rupt crim­i­nal con­spir­acy uncov­ered by late Russ­ian lawyer Sergei Mag­nit­sky, respon­si­ble for Magnitsky’s tor­ture and death in Russ­ian cus­tody, and other gross human rights abuses. At the moment, the US gov­ern­ment has named 32 indi­vid­u­als banned from enter­ing the United States under the U.S. Mag­nit­sky Act.

 

Explain­ing the Mag­nit­sky Amend­ment, Esher & Wal­ton MP Dominic Raab said:

 

The British pub­lic doesn’t want the hench­men of mur­der­ers and tor­tur­ers, or their bag­men, slip­ping through UK bor­der con­trols, buy­ing up lux­ury apart­ments in Kens­ing­ton, send­ing their kids to pub­lic school here and gen­er­ally enjoy­ing the high life. Par­lia­ment has a chance to make sure peo­ple know who is being banned from enter­ing Britain, ensure basic moral prin­ci­ple trumps expe­di­ency, and send a mes­sage that we’re an open and tol­er­ant coun­try – but not for those with blood on their hands or dirty money in their pock­ets.”

 

Rt Hon Sir Men­zies Camp­bell QC MP, said: “This amend­ment would put paid to those whose seri­ous crim­i­nal acts abroad do not pre­vent them from vis­it­ing the United King­dom. It is intol­er­a­ble that peo­ple whose behav­iour falls so far short of a proper respect for the sanc­tity of life and demo­c­ra­tic prin­ci­ples should be able to visit Great Britain with­out hin­drance.

 

William Brow­der, leader of the Mag­nit­sky jus­tice cam­paign and author of the best-selling book, ‘Red Notice: How I Became Putin’s Num­ber One Enemy’ said, “At the moment we can’t pros­e­cute the peo­ple who killed Sergei Mag­nit­sky and com­mit other abuses in Rus­sia because Putin pro­tects them, but Britain shouldn’t let these peo­ple into the UK and the gov­ern­ment should make it pub­licly known that they are not wel­come here.”

 

The full list of co-sponsors of the amendment:

 

Dominic Raab MP
Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, Chair­man, Home Affairs Committee

Rt Hon Sir Mal­colm Rifkind MP, Chair, Intel­li­gence & Secu­rity Com­mit­tee
Rt Hon Mar­garet Hodge MP, Chair, Pub­lic Accounts Com­mit­tee
John Wit­ting­dale MP, Chair, Cul­ture, Media & Sport
Dr Sarah Wol­las­ton MP, Chair, Health Com­mit­tee
Charles Walker MP, Chair, Pro­ce­dure Com­mit­tee
David Davies MP, Chair, Welsh Affairs Committee

Rt Hon Sir Men­zies Camp­bell QC MP
Sir Edward Gar­nier QC MP
RT Hon Nor­man Baker MP
Rt Hon Ben Brad­shaw MP
Tessa Munt MP
Steve Bar­clay MP
Sir Peter Bot­tom­ley MP
Andrew Rosin­dell MP
Tim Loughton MP
Nick de Bois MP
Zac Gold­smith MP
Dr Julian Lewis MP
Dr Phillip Lee MP
Jacob Rees-Mogg MP

 

Sergei Mag­nit­sky was a lawyer for the Her­mitage Fund, the largest for­eign port­fo­lio investor in Rus­sia. In 2008, he uncov­ered how a group of Russ­ian offi­cials and crim­i­nals stole three invest­ment com­pa­nies from his client and $230 mil­lion they had paid in taxes to the Russ­ian gov­ern­ment. Russ­ian offi­cials exposed by Sergei Mag­nit­sky had him arrested on false charges. He was kept in deten­tion for 358 days and killed on 16 Novem­ber 2009. Russ­ian offi­cials involved in his case were pro­moted and given state hon­ours in Rus­sia. In the United States, they have been sanc­tioned under the United States Sergei Mag­nit­sky Rule of Law Account­abil­ity Act, which denies them U.S. visa and blocks their assets in U.S. finan­cial institutions.

 

The strug­gle for jus­tice in Mag­nit­sky case is described in the thriller by Bill Brow­der, Red Notice, which has reached No 8 on New York Times best-seller list in the first two weeks since its launch and No 9 on the Sun­day Times best seller list in the UK.

 

 

For more infor­ma­tion, please contact:

 

Mag­nit­sky Jus­tice Campaign

+44 2074401777

e-mail: info@lawandorderinrussia.org

web­site: www.lawandorderinrussia.org

Face­book: http://on.fb.me/hvIuVI

Twit­ter: @KatieFisher__

 



Bill Browder Issues ‘Red Notice’ on Putin’s Russia Today With Simon & Schuster

February 3, 2015

Bill Brow­der, once the largest inter­na­tional investor in Rus­sia, lifts the lid on Krem­lin cor­rup­tion and describes in a dev­as­tat­ing new book titled “Red Notice” how Putin and his regime will stop at noth­ing for the crim­i­nal acqui­si­tion of wealth, includ­ing mur­der. The book is released today, 3 Feb­ru­ary 2015, by Simon & Schuster.

 

This is the first insider’s descrip­tion of what really hap­pens in Rus­sia today.

 

Described as “jaw-dropping” and “heart-in-your-throat page turner,” ‘Red Notice’ destroys every myth that Putin regime has cre­ated that it is any other than a mafia state.

 

“Browder’s busi­ness saga meshes well with the story of cor­rup­tion and mur­der in Vladimir Putin’s Rus­sia, mak­ing Red Notice an early can­di­date for any list of the year’s best books,” says Nor­man Pearl­s­tine in Fortune.

 

“The cut and thrust, and the high stakes, make for a zesty tale… It’s a Hol­ly­wood end­ing, right down to the stand­ing ova­tion given by more than 700 Euro­pean mem­bers of Par­lia­ment after pass­ing the leg­is­la­tion,” writes William Grimes in the  New York Times.

 

“Bill Brow­der writes the way he talks — which is always a good strat­egy,” says Nick Cohen in Daily Beast.

 

“This was a ter­rific book. Part biog­ra­phy, his­tory, and thriller it looks at the author’s career in the world of invest­ment and finance,” says G.I Gur­d­ji­eff, one of Amazon’s top 500 review­ers in his 5-star review.

 

Among other com­ments on Amazon.com:

 

“I stayed up way too late read­ing this book…”

 

“If you only read one book this year, read Red Notice. You won’t regret it a bit.”

 

“It’s thrilling and it’s real.”

 

“Excel­lent.”

 

To learn more, visit the ‘Red Notice’ web­site: http://billbrowder.com

 

 



US Congress Introduces Ground-breaking Global Magnitsky Human Rights Bill To Fight Impunity All Over the World

February 2, 2015

Both cham­bers of the US Con­gress have intro­duced the Global Mag­nit­sky Human Rights Account­abil­ity bill, a deter­rent for klep­to­crats and human rights abusers around the world. The new bill expands and glob­al­izes the Mag­nit­sky Act of 2012, which cre­ated tar­geted visa and finan­cial sanc­tions on cor­rupt offi­cials and human rights vio­la­tors in Russia.

 

“This is a poignant legacy for Sergei Mag­nit­sky, a man who gave his life for his ideals, to have his name on a piece of leg­is­la­tion which will fight impunity of human rights abusers and cor­rupt offi­cials around the world,” said William Brow­der, leader of the global Mag­nit­sky jus­tice movement.

 

The Global Mag­nit­sky Bill has been intro­duced in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives by Chris Smith, Chair­man of the U.S. Helsinki Com­mis­sion   (http://www.csce.gov/), and Jim McGov­ern, Co-Chairman of the Tom Lan­tos Human Rights Com­mis­sion (http://tlhrc.house.gov/),  and in the Sen­ate by U.S. Sen­a­tors John McCain and Ben Cardin, with co-sponsors U.S. Sen­a­tors Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Jeanne Sha­heen (D-NH), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Richard Blu­men­thal (D-Conn.) (http://www.cardin.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/cardin-mccain-reintroduce-global-magnitsky-human-rights-accountability-act).

 

The House ver­sion of the Global Mag­nit­sky Bill (H.R. 624) con­tains stronger lan­guage, in par­tic­u­lar, direct­ing rather than per­mit­ting the U.S. Pres­i­dent to impose sanc­tions on klep­to­crats and gross human rights vio­la­tors. It also assigns the U.S. Comp­trol­ler Gen­eral to exam­ine and report on the imple­men­ta­tion of the leg­is­la­tion. The House ver­sion of the Global Mag­nit­sky Bill also requires the sanc­tions list to be pub­lished annu­ally on 10 Decem­ber, which marks the Human Rights Day in com­mem­o­ra­tion of the adop­tion by the United Nations of the Uni­ver­sal Dec­la­ra­tion of Human Rights in 1948.

 

The pre­vi­ous Mag­nit­sky Act of 2012 was a prece­dent set­ting piece of leg­is­la­tion requir­ing the U.S. gov­ern­ment to con­front impunity, and cre­ate con­se­quences for those involved in human rights atroc­i­ties in Rus­sia, includ­ing the tor­ture and killing of Russ­ian anti-corruption lawyer Sergei Mag­nit­sky, and the $230 mil­lion cor­rup­tion he had uncov­ered. The tar­geted sanc­tions included visa bans and asset freez­ing, as well as a mech­a­nism through which the sanc­tioned indi­vid­u­als are pub­licly named, cre­at­ing a real con­se­quence for human rights abusers in Russia.

 

The Global Mag­nit­sky Bill extends these tools to for­eign gov­ern­ment offi­cials and their senior asso­ciates respon­si­ble for or com­plicit in order­ing, con­trol­ling or direct­ing “acts of sig­nif­i­cant cor­rup­tion, …bribery, or trans­fer of the pro­ceeds of cor­rup­tion to for­eign juris­dic­tions” and those who “mate­ri­ally assisted, spon­sored, or pro­vided finan­cial, mate­r­ial, or tech­no­log­i­cal sup­port” for such activities.

 

The gen­e­sis of the 2012 Mag­nit­sky Act and the extra­or­di­nary story of Sergei Mag­nit­sky, whose name now lives in the U.S. law, are fea­tured in the explo­sive new book by William Brow­der, “Red Notice,” which will be pub­lished on 3 Feb­ru­ary 2015.

 

U.S. Sen­a­tor McCain said ahead of the book launch this week:

 

“In ‘Red Notice’, Bill Brow­der tells the har­row­ing and inspir­ing story of how his fight for jus­tice in Rus­sia made him an unlikely inter­na­tional human rights leader and Vladimir Putin’s number-one enemy.”

 

To learn more about ‘Red Notice,’ visit the book web­site: http://billbrowder.com

 



Russia Bans Bill Browder’s New Book “Red Notice”, a Searing Exposé Featuring Putin’s Involvement in the Cover up of Sergei Magnitsky’s Murder

January 29, 2015

Rus­sia Bans Bill Browder’s New Book “Red Notice”, a Sear­ing Exposé Fea­tur­ing Putin’s Involve­ment in the Cover up of Sergei Magnitsky’s Murder

 

29 Jan­u­ary 2015 — On Feb­ru­ary 3rd 2015, Bill Brow­der, CEO and founder of Her­mitage Cap­i­tal Man­age­ment, launches an explo­sive book about Rus­sia enti­tled “Red Notice: A true story of High Finance, Mur­der, and One Man’s Fight for Jus­tice” (UK edi­tion: “Red Notice, How I Became Putin’s Num­ber One Enemy” pub­lished on 5th February.)

 

Red Notice” describes Browder’s fight against cor­rup­tion and impunity in Rus­sia and is a dev­as­tat­ing exposé of how Putin and his regime will do any­thing to ille­gally acquire wealth, includ­ing tor­ture and cover-up of murder.

 

“Any­body who pre­vi­ously thought that Putin is a nor­mal leader or that Rus­sia is a nor­mal coun­try will think oth­er­wise after read­ing this book,” says Bill Browder.

 

Red Notice” will be pub­lished in 14 coun­tries, but has so far been blocked by all major Russ­ian publishers.

 

Numer­ous Russ­ian pub­lish­ing houses, rang­ing from Eksmo to Alpina, have avoided involve­ment in this book, for appar­ent fear of reprisal from the Putin regime.

 

Mem­bers of Pussy Riot, a Russ­ian punk group who have been jailed for an anti-Putin protest, described the Krem­lin posi­tion on Brow­der in their endorse­ment of “Red Notice” by saying:

 

“Bill Brow­der has become one of the most sin­cerely hated men in the Krem­lin over the years — and that is some­thing to be incred­i­bly proud of… This book shows the dif­fer­ence that one per­son can make when they refuse to back down, as told by a fel­low sol­dier in the bat­tle to hold Putin to account.”

 

A Russ­ian ver­sion of “Red Notice” will be avail­able in the Russ­ian lan­guage and pub­lished out­side of Russia.

 

“This marks the return of the days of Soviet “samiz­dat” when books crit­i­cal of the Soviet gov­ern­ment were banned.  Many were pub­lished abroad, and then had to be secretly copied, cir­cu­lated by hand and passed from reader to reader,” says Browder.

 

Some of the Soviet Union’s most acclaimed ‘samiz­dat’ authors were Var­lam Sha­la­mov and Alek­sandr Solzhen­it­syn, both for­mer inmates of Stalin’s gulag, who drew global atten­tion to Joseph Stalin’s forced labor camps, where mil­lions of Soviet cit­i­zens were sum­mar­ily interned and many ulti­mately died.

 

To learn more, visit the ‘Red Notice’ book web­site: http://billbrowder.com

 

For more infor­ma­tion, please contact:

 

Mag­nit­sky Jus­tice Campaign

+44 2074401777

e-mail: info@lawandorderinrussia.org

web­site: www.lawandorderinrussia.org

Face­book: http://on.fb.me/hvIuVI

Twit­ter: @KatieFisher__

 



Interpol Definitively Rejects Russia’s Request to Issue an International Arrest Warrant for Bill Browder

January 26, 2015

Inter­pol Defin­i­tively Rejects Russia’s Request to Issue an Inter­na­tional Arrest War­rant for Bill Browder

 

26 Jan­u­ary 2015 — Inter­pol, the inter­na­tional police orga­ni­za­tion, has defin­i­tively rejected Russia’s attempt to add Bill Brow­der, CEO of Her­mitage Cap­i­tal Man­age­ment, to its Red Notice inter­na­tional arrest war­rant sys­tem. This is Russia’s third unsuc­cess­ful attempt to issue an Inter­pol Red Notice for Brow­der. A Red Notice would have meant that Brow­der would be arrested at any inter­na­tional bor­der and poten­tially extra­dited back to Rus­sia. Over the last eight weeks, Interpol’s Com­mis­sion for the Con­trol of Files has reviewed Russia’s appli­ca­tion and con­cluded that the Russ­ian war­rant was ille­git­i­mate because it was “pre­dom­i­nantly political.”

 

This attempt by the Russ­ian gov­ern­ment fol­lows a long series of acts of retal­i­a­tion against Brow­der for his role in the suc­cess­ful pas­sage of the US Mag­nit­sky Act, which imposes visa sanc­tions and asset freezes on Russ­ian offi­cials who killed Sergei Mag­nit­sky, were involved in the $230 mil­lion theft he had uncov­ered, or per­pe­trated other human rights abuses.
Pre­vi­ously, Inter­pol refused two sim­i­lar requests from Rus­sia for Brow­der. In the sum­mer of 2014, Inter­pol said Russia’s requests to arrest Brow­der were invalid because they vio­lated Interpol’s Con­sti­tu­tion which pro­hibits the orga­ni­za­tion to be used for polit­i­cal persecution.

 

Instead of com­ply­ing with the pre­vi­ous two Interpol’s rul­ings, the Russ­ian author­i­ties began an inten­sive high-level lob­by­ing cam­paign to influ­ence Inter­pol to reverse their deci­sion. In Jan­u­ary 2014, the Russ­ian Gen­eral Prosecutor’s Office dis­patched offi­cials to Lyon, France, where Inter­pol is head­quar­tered, who per­suaded Inter­pol to re-open the Brow­der case. To help con­vince Inter­pol, Russ­ian Pres­i­dent Putin invited Gen­eral Sec­re­tary of Inter­pol Ron Noble to his pri­vate res­i­dence near Moscow at the end of Octo­ber 2014. Russ­ian author­i­ties also lob­bied Inter­pol mem­ber states to elect their rep­re­sen­ta­tive to Interpol’s gov­ern­ing body, the Exec­u­tive Committee.

 

To make their lat­est appli­ca­tion to Inter­pol for Brow­der, the Russ­ian author­i­ties used the posthu­mous trial against Browder’s mur­dered Russ­ian lawyer Sergei Mag­nit­sky. This trial was con­demned around the world as a gross abuse of justice.

 

“This lat­est episode with Inter­pol is an impor­tant exam­ple of how Putin applies Russia’s sov­er­eign power to abuse its mem­ber­ship in inter­na­tional orga­ni­za­tions. While the Inter­pol deci­sion was the cor­rect and right one, there are many other vic­tims of the Russ­ian regime in less high-profile cases who are being unjustly arrested in for­eign coun­tries as they flee polit­i­cal per­se­cu­tion in Rus­sia. It’s time that Russia’s fail­ing judi­cial sys­tem is taken into account by inter­na­tional orga­ni­za­tions for their con­stant abuse for polit­i­cal or cor­rupt motives,” said Bill Browder.

 

Next week, on Feb­ru­ary 3rd 2015, Bill Brow­der will be respond­ing with his own “Red Notice” on Putin’s Russia.

 

Browder’s book enti­tled, “Red Notice: A true story of High Finance, Mur­der, and One Man’s Fight for Jus­tice” (UK edi­tion: “Red Notice, How I Became Putin’s Num­ber One Enemy”) will be launched in the US and in the UK. Browder’s “Red Notice” will show that Putin is more akin to a crime boss than a legit­i­mate world leader.

 

To learn more visit the Red Notice book web­site: http://billbrowder.com

 

For more infor­ma­tion, please contact:

 

Mag­nit­sky Jus­tice Campaign

 

+44 2074401777

e-mail: info@lawandorderinrussia.org

web­site: www.lawandorderinrussia.org

Face­book: http://on.fb.me/hvIuVI

Twit­ter: @KatieFisher__

 

 



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