The U.S. state Department plans to expand the list of sanctions of Russian officials responsible for the death in prison of a lawyer Fund Hermitage Capital Sergei Magnitsky, who died in a hospital jail «sailor’s silence» 16 November 2009 after 11 months in detention on charges of tax evasion.
About it reports on Monday, 1 February, news Agency Bloomberg.
According to the source, in the «black list» of the Department of state will be entered five names, which will be officially announced this week. The article says that earlier it was planned to announce the decision last Friday, however, Secretary of state John Kerry has postponed this move, stating that he has a number of additional questions to the authors of the initiative.
The state Department, however, informed one of the initiators of the «Magnitsky act named» Congressman-Democrat James McGovern, who has issued a press release revoked after the intervention of Kerry
The article, however, it is noted that in the course of last week US Secretary of state tried to convince his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to participate actively in the negotiations on the Syrian issue, which began last weekend in Geneva and, in particular, to put an end to the bombing of the Syrian opposition and civilians, focusing on IG.
Recall that shortly before the arrest, Magnitsky had uncovered theft from the Russian budget committed by the security forces, for a total amount of 5.4 billion rubles. According to the conclusion of forensic experts, the death occurred from acute heart failure, brain edema and acute pulmonary hemorrhage, caused by chronic hepatitis and acute developing diabetes.
In March 2013 the investigative Committee of Russia has stopped criminal case upon death Magnitsky, «not finding objective data on the committed crimes».
In April 2012, the U.S. government decided to impose sanctions against 18 Russians suspected of human rights violations. 16 the defendants in the list were directly related to the death of Magnitsky, and another two have been included therein in connection with involvement in the death of American journalist Paul Khlebnikov and former bodyguard Ramazan Kadyrov, Umar Israilov.
10 of 12 people on the list, had a direct relation to the Magnitsky case. Among them, the doctors Alexander Gauss, Larisa Litvinova and Dmitry Soldiers, according to the U.S. Treasury, Magnitsky had not have medical care, as well as judge Igor Alisov, who presided in the trial of Magnitsky of evasion from payment of taxes.
The list also included Vyacheslav Khlebnikov, Dmitry Klyuev, Andrei Krechetov, Viktor Markelov, Vladlen Stepanov, Umar Sugaipov, Fikret Tagiyev and Musa Vakhayev.