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Belgium, Latvia freeze Russian assets amidst investigation into money laundering case

Source : 112 Ukraine

This particular case is known as the one that led to the murder of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky
17:15, 31 May 2021

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Belgian and Latvian governments have arrested the Russian assets within investigation into the case of money laundering; this particular case is known as the one that led to the murder of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, writes Euobserver.

"A Belgian investigating judge, Bruno de Hous, seized some €400,000 from the proceeds of an apartment sale in the Belgian city of Antwerp. He also charged two Russians - Sergey Medvedev and Irina Terkina - with money laundering. De Hous took the steps last year. But his investigation is still confidential and the British hedge fund from which the money was originally embezzled, Hermitage Capital in London, only learned of the developments last week", reads the story.

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Last week, Latvian police official Pēteris Bauska claimed that law enforcers confiscated the apartment purchased by the Russians in Riga; it was worth 230,000 Euros. "Real estate was confiscated due to the discovery ... it was acquired for money related to 'the Magnitsky case'," Bauska said.

Sergei Magnitsky, the Russian lawyer died in November 2009 in Russia's Matrosskaya Tishina remand centre. It appears that penitentiary colony workers had beaten him up, which resulted in severe injuries and eventual death. in July 2020, Great Britain applied sanctions against those behind the murder.

Related: UK imposes sanctions against Russians suspected of murder of lawyer Magnitsky

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