Sunday, March 18, 2012

Aa lawyer

death in police custody led to a restriction of the Home Office secret to a maximum of 60 Russian officials to enter Great Britain

At least 60 Russian officials involved in controversial death of a complainant in the secret were banned from entering the UK by the British government.

lawyer Sergei Magnitsky worked for Hermitage Capital Management, an investment fund based in London, when exposed tax fraud worth £ 144m, the largest in Russian history.

After charges against officials of the Ministry of Interior, was arrested and later died in custody after being denied medical care. Human rights activists say the father of two, was tortured and beaten in the hours before his death in November 2009. John McCain, former presidential candidate of the United States, and others have called for sanctions against Russian officials involved in the death of Magnitsky.

Although David Cameron raised the case during his visit to Moscow last month, the British government was reluctant to publicly confront the Kremlin. However, the


said that the Home Office has implemented sanctions against an unknown number of persons connected with the death of Magnitsky.

The measure, which did not publish for fear of hurting the Anglo-Russian relations, like the United States, which introduced a visa ban on those accused of involvement. Washington's decision last August caused the Foreign Ministry of Russia to develop its own blacklist of U.S. government officials banned.

Former Foreign Minister The Interior Ministry said it would not comment on individual cases but added: ". We may refuse a visa as an individual character, conduct or associations that enter the United Kingdom undesirable "

William Browder, head of Hermitage Capital Management and employees directly Magnitsky when he died, said: "There are many examples of names of the principal offices of people like Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart, who been banned from entering the UK. "

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