UK imposes sanctions against Russians suspected of murder of lawyer Magnitsky

Source : 112 Ukraine

The sanctions provide the ban for entrance to the UK and freezing of the assets
17:05, 7 July 2020


The UK presented its sanction regime and imposed sanctions against guilty of the murder of Russia lawyer Sergey Magnitsky, as Voice of America reported citing UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

Particularly, according to him, the first independent sanction regime of Britain creates the legal basis for implementation of the restrictive measures against people who are involved in the most flagrant violations of human rights all over the world.

Thus, the sanctions provide the ban for entrance to the UK and freezing of the assets. The sanction rules consider the number of factors, particularly; first of all, the issue is about the right for life endangered by murder or extrajudicial executions.  Besides, the right not to be tortured or assaulted or be treated inhuman or degrading treatment. As well as the right to be free from slavery, servitude, or forced labor.

“The authorities allow us to punish a wider network of crime figures, including people who facilitate, incite, abet and support these crimes,” Raab noted.

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According to him, it concerns the public official and non-state actors.

“If you are a kleptocrat or an organized offender, you will not be able to launder you bloody money in this country,” Raab underlined.

Meanwhile, the first persons who face the sanctions are people responsible for the tortures and murder of Russian lawyer Sergey Magnitsky. Besides, the sanctions include the persons of interest in the gross murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

According to mass media, within the new legal regime, the first wave of sanctions of the UK will affect 25 citizens of Russia involved in the Magnitsky case, 20 citizens of Saudi Arabia involved in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, two military generals from Myanmar involved in the prosecution of Rohingya and other ethnic minorities and two organizations involved in the functioning of labor camps in North Korea.

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The legislation, informally known as the Sergei Magnitsky Law, is named after a lawyer who died in a Russian prison under mysterious circumstances after exposing one of the biggest government corruption scandals during President Vladimir V. Putin’s time in power.

As we reported, the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the U.S. House of Representatives prepared the draft resolution on the sanctions against the leadership of Russia for criminal persecution of the journalists, political opposition figures, civil society, and religious freedom activists.

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