Posts Tagged ‘Don Lee’

December 2012

OK of Russian trade bill is victory for human rights activist

Los Angeles Times. The provision in a measure approved by Congress punishes human rights abusers, including those involved in the death of a Russian lawyer.

By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
December 6, 2012, 4:59 p.m.
WASHINGTON — After months of delays, U.S. lawmakers finally passed a trade bill with Russia. And perhaps no one was as deeply moved as investor William Browder.

His emotions had nothing to do with the commercial implications of the legislation, which normalizes trade relations with Russia and should give a boost to big American exporters such as Caterpillar Inc. and Deere & Co.

Instead, Browder’s focus was entirely on a provision that would punish Russians accused of human rights abuses, specifically those involved in the 2009 death of his onetime Russian lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky.

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