Sergei Magnitsky’s Russian trial condemned as ‘absurd’

Daily Telegraph

A Moscow trial to prosecute the dead whistle-blowing lawyer who exposed huge tax fraud among Russian officials has been labelled a “Stalin show trial” and an “absurd” attempt to discredit him.

Sergei Magnitsky died in custody in November 2009 at the age of 37 after being abused and denied essential medical treatment by prison officials.

The lawyer had been jailed after being accused of the very same crime that he revealed, which involved senior policemen and tax officials.

The case against him was closed a fortnight after his death but was later restarted and Moscow’s Tverskoy Court is to hold an initial hearing in the unprecedented posthumous trial starting on Monday.
William Browder, the head of the UK-based investment fund that Mr Magnitsky worked for, is also to be tried, albeit in absentia.

Mr Browder told The Daily Telegraph that neither he nor any relatives of Mr Magnitsky or their lawyers would attend the trial.

“This is a Stalin show trial in the most cynical way, to try to blacken Sergei Magnitsky’s name,” he said.
John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Europe and Central Asia director, said the trial was “deeply sinister” and a travesty of justice.

Mr Magnitsky’s death caused an international outcry and last month Barack Obama, the US president, signed into effect the Magnitsky Act – a new law that allows the United States to ban Russian officials linked to the lawyer’s persecution from receiving a US visa.

In retaliation, Russia introduced a ban on US citizens adopting Russian children.

Mr Browder said Russian officials were “terrified” of having their assets frozen in the West if a similar law is passed by the EU, which appear to be warming to that idea.

“They’re trying to come up with some kind of twisted logic to discredit Sergei Magnitsky after his death,” he said. “It’s a desperate attempt to stop the adoption of the Magnitsky Acts which are being considered in Europe and Canada this year.

“The Russian authorities are still hoping they can knock the juggernaut off course in Europe.”
Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s prime minister, said at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week that business leaders were unconcerned by the Magnitsky case. But Mr Browder claimed that investors in Russia were in fact “traumatised and spooked” by the lawyer’s fate.

Under a 2011 Russian Constitutional Court ruling, a criminal case can only be restarted after a defendant’s death at the request of relatives seeking his or her rehabilitation.

However, Mr Magnitsky’s mother, Natalya Magnitskaya, has written 25 times to various Russian authorities to say that neither she nor any other of her son’s relatives want the process to go ahead.

It is possible that the court will compel Mrs Magnitskaya to take part in the prosecution as her son’s representative.

“The trial of a deceased person and the forcible involvement of his relatives is a dangerous precedent that would open a whole new chapter in Russia’s worsening human rights record,” said Mr Dalhuisen.

Jamison Firestone, the managing partner of the law firm where Mr Magnitsky worked, said: “This trial is disgusting. Sergei Magnitsky should be a national hero but he’s being prosecuted by a government that he tried to protect [from corruption].” hairy girls займ на карту без отказов круглосуточно https://zp-pdl.com https://zp-pdl.com/how-to-get-fast-payday-loan-online.php unshaven girls

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2 Responses to “Sergei Magnitsky’s Russian trial condemned as ‘absurd’”

  1. Dawn says:

    Under Stalin all diplomatic discourse w/the rest of the world came to an end. “History repeats itself.” Under Putin diplomatic discourse again will come to an end. When political risk becomes too great to do business in nations such as Russia reasons disappear for diplomatic discourse. The only element different from the environment under Stalin is Stalin banned emigration. Now the rest of the world is ending Russian immigration. The outcome is the same.

  2. Dawn says:

    My biz partner & I have an 11 yr dispute w/the Russian government. It embedded illegals like a horse shoe around me. Amongst their many crimes they murdered a neighbor that knew nothing of the dispute. The illegals did it just to murder an American. Everyone remember the name Mara. Mara was murdered for sport. Eventually this will become far more public knowledge & the backlash that the Russian government is sending agents to western democracies to treat the democracies as hunting grounds to murder ordinary citizens will shutdown all Russian immigration.

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