Senator denies Russian report on Magnitskiy case based on official inquiry


There has been no parliamentary investigation of the Magnitskiy [Magnitsky] case in Russia, head of the Federation Council International Affairs Committee Mikhail Margelov has told Interfax.

“Although there has been no special parliamentary investigation of the Magnitskiy case, this does not mean that any Russian senator cannot have his point of view based on the study of documents,” Margelov said, commenting on information in the media about a report which was presented to the US side by a group of members of the Federation Council in Washington.

According to Margelov, the delegation members had requested the necessary documents in the relevant departments and held series of meetings with their leaders and experts.

“This is a common practice of preparing such meetings, so the note which was passed to the US side reflects the Russian theory of the case. To avoid broad interpretation, the document is called ‘The results of a preliminary parliamentary investigation’, not a parliamentary investigation in the usual sense,” Margelov told the agency.

He said that “in 2003 a working group of the Federation Council of Russia and the Senate of US Congress was established, in which we openly discuss with our American colleagues the most urgent problems in bilateral relations. Following the tradition established in the last nine years, the Russian delegation met in Washington with US Senators”.

“My colleagues’ agenda had several issues, as usual. The Magnitskiy law was added at the request of the US side. I stress that it is the purpose of the meetings of the working group to defend our respective positions openly and on the basis of our principles,” Margelov said, adding that this equally applies for [talks on] the number of warheads, problems of adoption, withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, the situation in Iran and Syria, and so on.

“This is true for the Magnitskiy law as well. For obvious reasons, during the latest visit of our senators to the USA, the latest item on the agenda was the main one, and the members of the Russian delegation summarized documents on the Magnitskiy case and submitted them to the Americans in the form of a small report. The main message of this report is an appeal to the US side to start considering the case of the lawyer [Magnitskiy] as a legal one, rather than political,” Margelov said.

He said that this time he had not been in the delegation, as he had been on a working trip to Malabo. “However, at a meeting of our committee on 17 July, we will hear the delegation’s report and learn all the details of their (the senators’) meetings with the Americans at first hand,” Margelov said. unshaven girl займ срочно без отказов и проверок https://zp-pdl.com/online-payday-loans-in-america.php https://zp-pdl.com/online-payday-loans-in-america.php unshaven girl

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