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Home of Russian opposition activist and Magnitsky Justice campaigner Natalia Pelevina is raided in Moscow

April 29, 2015

29 April 2015 – The Moscow home of Russ­ian oppo­si­tion activist Natalia Pelev­ina was raided by police oper­a­tives and inves­tiga­tive com­mit­tee detec­tives on April 17 2015. Pelev­ina is an out­spo­ken sup­porter of the Mag­nit­sky Jus­tice Cam­paign, who worked closely with mur­dered oppo­si­tion leader Boris Nemtsov and cur­rent oppo­si­tion leader Mikhail Kasyanov, seek­ing to have more names added to the US Mag­nit­sky list.

In a raid sim­i­lar to the 2008 arrest of whistle­blower lawyer Sergei Mag­nit­sky, Russ­ian offi­cials stormed Pelevina’s apart­ment with a search war­rant signed by Judge Artur Kar­pov, the same judge who refused law­suits from the fam­ily of Sergei Mag­nit­sky to appeal the deci­sion not to inves­ti­gate Magnitsky’s murder.

Accord­ing to Pelev­ina, “my phone was ripped out of my hand and I wasn’t allowed to call my lawyer. [The search] went on for hours, any­thing tech­ni­cal was con­fis­cated along with money, pass­ports, and papers.”

Natalia Pelev­ina was then taken to the Russ­ian Inves­tiga­tive Com­mit­tee for inter­ro­ga­tion, which was led by Major Gen­eral of Jus­tice Rus­tam Gab­dullin. She was inter­ro­gated for four hours, dur­ing which time she became a sus­pect accused of orga­niz­ing and financ­ing the Bolot­naya street riots of May 2012, under Arti­cle 212, part 1 of the Russ­ian Constitution.

Need­less to say none of it is true and I had noth­ing to do with the 6 of May events, and wasn’t even on Bolot­naya that day,” said Pelevina.

Pelev­ina was due to fly to Wash­ing­ton DC this week, to join mem­bers of US Con­gress and promi­nent Russ­ian activists in a sym­po­sium hon­our­ing the mem­ory of Boris Nemtsov, who was gunned down out­side the Krem­lin in Feb­ru­ary this year. Because her pass­port and money were seized, she is now unable to leave Moscow, and Bill Brow­der, leader of the Mag­nit­sky Jus­tice Cam­paign, will be tak­ing her place on the panel.

Bill Brow­der will also be tes­ti­fy­ing at a hear­ing on the Global Mag­nit­sky Act at the House Com­mit­tee on For­eign Affairs today. (http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/hearing/subcommittee-hearing-global-magnitsky-human-rights-accountability-act)

Natalia Pelev­ina is a long time friend of the Mag­nit­sky Jus­tice cam­paign, whose only ‘crime’ was to speak out against the repres­sion and cor­rup­tion of the Putin regime,” said Bill Brow­der. “That she is now being per­se­cuted for a crime she did not com­mit, as Sergei Mag­nit­sky was, is clear and sin­is­ter evi­dence that the Putin regime is a police state, intent on stamp­ing out the voices of dissidents.”

Judge Artur Kar­pov has a his­tory of per­se­cut­ing dis­si­dents. On 28th Feb­ru­ary 2014 he sanc­tioned the house arrest of Russ­ian oppo­si­tion leader Alexei Navalny (http://pravo.ru/news/view/102312/), and he also sanc­tioned the 2012 arrests of Bolot­naya square activists (http://bolotnoedelo.info/participants/butchers/652/karpov-artur).

He is the same judge that refused a law­suit from Magnitsky’s mother seek­ing to end the posthu­mous pro­ceed­ing against her son in March 2013, and a law­suit from Magnitsky’s col­league, Jami­son Fire­stone in May 2013, seek­ing to com­pel the Russ­ian Inves­tiga­tive Com­mit­tee to inves­ti­gate the tax offi­cials who approved the fraud­u­lent $230 mil­lion tax refund. In 2011 he also refused the law­suit from Magnitsky’s mother seek­ing to com­pel the Russ­ian Inves­tiga­tive Com­mit­tee to inves­ti­gate the tor­ture and mur­der of her son.

Sergei Magnitsky’s house was raided by Inte­rior Min­istry offi­cials in 2008, after he uncov­ered a $230 mil­lion fraud com­mit­ted by cor­rupt gov­ern­ment offi­cials and tes­ti­fied against those involved. He was arrested dur­ing the raid, tor­tured in pre-trial deten­tion for a year in an effort to get him to retract his tes­ti­mony, and was even­tu­ally killed in prison in 2009.

For more infor­ma­tion, please contact:

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Bill Browder’s Book, ‘Red Notice’, Launched in Russian Languagein the West After Being Banned inside Russia

March 31, 2015

Bill Brow­der’s Book, ‘Red Notice’, Launched in Russ­ian Lan­guagein the West After Being Banned inside Russia

 

31 March 2015 – ‘Red Notice’, the Num­ber One New York Times best­seller by Putin critic Bill Brow­der, has now been released in the Russ­ian lan­guage, after its suc­cess­ful launch in nine lan­guages and thir­teen countries.

 

Shunned by all major Russ­ian pub­lish­ing houses and online book dis­trib­u­tors because of its con­tro­ver­sial con­tent, Browder’s ‘Red Notice’ will now be pub­lished by Kiev-based pub­lisher, Lau­rus, in the Russ­ian lan­guage and dis­trib­uted out­side of Rus­sia through Google Play, where the reader can order a hard copy (https://play.google.com/store/books/details/RED_NOTICE_Russian_Edition?id=YQWgBwAAQBAJ&hl=en_GB), and Ama­zon, where an elec­tronic edi­tion is avail­able (http://www.amazon.com/Red-Notice-Russian-Bill-Browder-ebook/dp/B00UN2FZTG/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1427452245&sr=8 – 3&keywords=red+notice, http://www.amazon.com/Red-Notice-Russian-Bill-Browder-ebook/dp/B00UN2FZTG/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1427452245&sr=8 – 3&keywords=red+notice)

 

The Russ­ian peo­ple are the nat­ural audi­ence for ‘Red Notice.’ But because of the fear among Russ­ian pub­lish­ers of gov­ern­ment retal­i­a­tion for asso­ciating them­selves with this work,we had to pub­lish the Russ­ian edi­tion out­side of Rus­sia. Cur­rently, pub­lish­ers from twenty dif­fer­ent coun­tries span­ning from Brazil to Japan to Greece havedis­played an inter­est in pub­lish­ing this book, but none inside of Rus­sia,” said Bill Brow­der, author of ‘Red Notice’.

 

Red Notice,’ the per­sonal exposé by Bill Brow­der of the events lead­ing to the arrest and mur­der of Russ­ian anti-corruption lawyer Sergei Mag­nit­sky, the sub­se­quent cover-up by the Putin regime and the West­ern response, has become an instant inter­na­tional best­seller since its release in Feb­ru­ary 2015 worldwide.

 

In the first week of sales, ‘Red Notice’ hit the New York Times best­seller list, and has stayed on it for the seven weeks run­ning (http://www.nytimes.com/best-sellers-books/2015 – 02-22/hardcover-nonfiction/list.html).

Red Notice’ has grabbed read­ers with widely diverse inter­ests com­pris­ing busi­ness, pol­i­tics, and spy thrillers. It is fea­tured this month as num­ber one best­seller in the New York Times’ Crime sec­tion (http://www.nytimes.com/best-sellers-books/crime-and-punishment/list.html), num­ber two in Espi­onage, num­ber three in Busi­ness sec­tion, and num­ber six in Politics.

Red Notice’ has also been Num­ber One best­seller in ‘Inter­na­tional Busi­ness’ on Amazon.com; and it has appeared on the best­seller lists by NPR, USA Today, Wash­ing­ton Post, Pub­lish­ers Weekly, and Indiebound, among others.

Read­ers on amazon.co.uk com­mented on ‘Red Notice’:

 

“This is one of the most cap­ti­vat­ing and inter­est­ing books I have read in a long time.”

 

“If you start this book, you will keep read­ing until you have fin­ished, stop­ping only to weep and also to email your friends to read it, too.”

 

“This deeply dis­turb­ing, tem­pes­tu­ous and Kafkaesque story is writ­ten in a no-nonsense and racy style that makes it easy to read and take in.”

 

“Sur­pris­ing & informative.”

 

“Grip­ping through­out. One of the best books I’ve read recently.”

 

Red Notice’ is on the best­seller list pub­lished by The Sun­day Times (http://timesbooks.tbpcontrol.co.uk/TBP.Direct/CustomerAccessControl/Home.aspx?collection=10557072&d=timesbooks&s=C&r=10000414&ui=0&bc=0) in the United Kingdom.

 

In Canada, ‘Red Notice’ peaked at Num­ber Three as the best-selling book on Amazon.ca.

 

In New Zealand, it was num­ber six on the Nielsen weekly best­seller list (http://www.booksellers.co.nz/book-news/nzs-bestsellers/nielsen-weekly-bestsellers-lists-week-ending-saturday-28-february).

 

The Swedish edi­tion of ‘Red Notice’ fea­tured in the top 10 pur­chases on Aldib­ris, Sweden’s largest online book retailer, and the Dutch edi­tion of ‘Red Notice’ fea­tured on the Hol­land “Best­seller 60” list.  The Ger­man edi­tion also fea­tured on the Ger­man best­seller list.

 

To learn more, visit the ‘Red Notice’ 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__

 



Canada’s House of Commons Passes Motion to Impose Visa Sanctions and Asset Freezes against the killers of Sergei Magnitsky

March 29, 2015

Canada’s House of Com­mons Passes Motion to Impose Visa Sanc­tions and Asset Freezes against the killers of Sergei Magnitsky

 

26March 2015 — The Cana­dian House of Com­mons has unan­i­mously passeda motion call­ing for the impo­si­tion of tar­geted visa sanc­tions and asset freezes against those respon­si­ble for Sergei Magnitsky’s tor­ture, death, and the sub­se­quent cover-up.

 

The motion intro­duced by Hon. Irwin Cotler MP, Lib­eral party spokesman on Inter­na­tional Jus­tice and one of 21 par­lia­men­tar­i­ans from 13 coun­tries who form the Jus­tice for Sergei Mag­nit­sky Inter-Parliamentary Group, calls on the Cana­dian gov­ern­ment to:

 

Explore and encour­age sanc­tions against any for­eign nation­als who were respon­si­ble for the deten­tion, tor­ture or death of Sergei Mag­nit­sky, or who have been involved in cov­er­ing up the crimes he exposed.”  (http://irwincotler.liberal.ca/blog/motion-sanctions-human-rights-violators-magnitsky-case/)

 

The unan­i­mous sup­port of this motion sends a clear sig­nal to human rights vio­la­tors in Rus­sia and around the world that they will be held to account for their crimes,” said Irwin Cotler MP. “By impos­ing sanc­tions, we can impose mean­ing­ful penal­ties on human rights vio­la­tors and deter future violations.”

 

The Mag­nit­sky Sanc­tions motion voted on yes­ter­day in the Cana­dian par­lia­ment also calls on the gov­ern­ment to sanc­tion human rights abusers around the world, stat­ing that tar­geted Mag­nit­sky sanc­tions are “appro­pri­ate against any for­eign nation­als respon­si­ble for vio­la­tions of inter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized human rights in a for­eign coun­try.”

 

We are pleased to see Canada tak­ing such a defin­i­tive stance against human rights abusers,” said Bill Brow­der. “This leg­is­la­tion will be an impor­tant step in ensur­ing that the legacy of Sergei Mag­nit­sky will con­tinue to pro­tect vic­tims of human rights abuse, both in Rus­sia and around the world.”

 

The Mag­nit­sky Sanc­tions motion adopted in the Cana­dian House of Com­mons fol­lows a pri­vate mem­bers bill intro­duced by Irwin Cotler in Octo­ber 2013, call­ing for sanc­tions to be imposed on those respon­si­ble for the tor­ture and death of Sergei Mag­nit­sky (https://openparliament.ca/bills/41 – 2/C-339/).

 

A sim­i­lar motion has also been intro­duced in the Cana­dian Senate.

 

Seven Cana­dian Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans from four dif­fer­ent polit­i­cal par­ties, along with Bill Brow­der, leader of the Mag­nit­sky Jus­tice Cam­paign, pre­sented their sup­port for the motion in a press con­fer­ence at the Cana­dian Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day.  Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans in atten­dance included Irwin Cotler MP, Sen­a­tor  Raynell Andr­ey­chuk, Con­ser­v­a­tive MP and Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary to the Min­is­ter of For­eign Affairs David Ander­son, Lib­eral For­eign Affairs Critic Marc Gar­neau, NDP MP Mur­ray Rankin, Con­ser­v­a­tive Sen­a­tor Linda Frum, and Green Party leader Eliz­a­beth May.

 

The Sergei Mag­nit­sky case is today rec­og­nized as a sym­bol of what can hap­pen when the prin­ci­ples of fun­da­men­tal jus­tice and rule of law are manip­u­lated for per­sonal gain,” said Sen­a­tor Andr­ey­chuk, who intro­duced the motion in the Sen­ate. “I hope that the Sen­ate will soon join with the House of Com­mons and par­lia­ments around the world to express our com­mit­ment to account­abil­ity for for­eign nation­als who com­mit the most seri­ous vio­la­tions of human rights.”

 

The tragedy of Sergei Magnitsky’s death in Russ­ian cus­tody and appalling posthu­mous show trial are stark sym­bols of the pre­cip­i­tous decline of Russ­ian democ­racy,” added Green Party leader Eliz­a­beth May. “Bill Browder’s inex­haustible efforts to com­mem­o­rate the life of his lawyer and friend are laud­able and instruc­tive. I urge the Gov­ern­ment to give full sup­port to Mr. Cotler’s call for sanc­tions that will hold the per­pe­tra­tors of Sergei Magnitsky’s tor­ture account­able. Today’s motion is an impor­tant step in the inter­na­tional effort to achieve jus­tice for Mag­nit­sky and help to guar­an­tee the human rights of all Russ­ian cit­i­zens.

 

Sergei Mag­nit­sky was killed in Russ­ian pre-trial deten­tion in 2009 after uncov­er­ing a $230 mil­lion cor­rup­tion scheme and tes­ti­fy­ing against the gov­ern­ment offi­cials involved.

 

Fol­low­ing his death, the US passed the 2012 Sergei Mag­nit­sky Rule of Law Account­abil­ity Act, which imposes visa bans and asset freezes against those involved in Sergei’s case.  34 indi­vid­u­als are cur­rently banned from the US under the Act.  (http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/pages/20130412.aspx; http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/ofac-enforcement/pages/20140520.aspx; http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20141229.aspx).

 

The Euro­pean Par­lia­ment passed a sim­i­lar res­o­lu­tion in 2014, call­ing for 32 indi­vid­u­als to be sanc­tioned.  (http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P7-TA-2014 – 0258).  Motions and res­o­lu­tions call­ing for sanc­tions have also been passed by the OSCE, PACE, the UK, Hol­land, Swe­den, Italy and Poland.

 

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__

 

Irwin Cotler MP’s press release con­cern­ing the Mag­nit­sky Sanc­tions motion: http://irwincotler.liberal.ca/blog/house-commons-unanimously-approves-motion-calling-magnitsky-sanctions-human-rights-violators/



Bill Browder’s Statement on the Murder of Boris Nemtsov

February 28, 2015

Last night Rus­sia entered a new and dark phase in its slide toward total­i­tar­ian dic­ta­tor­ship with the mur­der of Boris Nemtsov. Pre­vi­ously, the Putin regime relied pri­mar­ily on impris­on­ment and exile to silence oppo­si­tion politi­cians.  Now, they have started mur­der­ing them. I’m sure this won’t be the last.

Boris Nemtsov was one of the few peo­ple in Rus­sia who wasn’t afraid to stand up to the cor­rup­tion, ille­git­i­macy and impunity of the Putin regime and for that he paid with his life. I will always remem­ber how Boris went around the world call­ing for jus­tice for the mur­der of Sergei Mag­nit­sky and demand­ing West­ern sanc­tions against his killers. It is now our duty to do the same for Boris.

I have no con­fi­dence in any Russ­ian inves­ti­ga­tion into his death because the Putin regime proved its inca­pac­ity to do this with the cover up of the Mag­nit­sky murder.

I can only hope that Boris Nemtsov’s legacy will ulti­mately bring about the demo­c­ra­tic change in Rus­sia he worked his whole life to achieve.

May Boris rest in peace.



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__

 



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