Sergei Magnitsky

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10 Years After His Death in a Russian Prison, a Win for Magnitsky

Top European court rules in favor of Russian lawyer

(Newser) - A top European court ruled Tuesday that Russia's failure to provide adequate medical care to jailed lawyer Sergei Magnitsky could have led to his 2009 death, which sparked US and European sanctions. The European Court of Human Rights ordered Russia to pay Magnitsky's widow and mother $38,000...

US Will Defy Russian Order to Arrest Critic

But William Browder still doesn't feel 'safe'

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin won't be happy about this: The US is essentially ignoring a criminal complaint, which could see Kremlin critic William Browder arrested and extradited to Russia, where Browder says "I know they'd kill me in prison." The American-born British citizen was a top investor in...

Russia Convicts a Dead Guy
 Russia Convicts a Dead Guy 

Russia Convicts a Dead Guy

Lawyer who died in police custody guilty of tax evasion

(Newser) - The first dead man tried in Russia has been convicted of tax evasion in a move the Telegraph says will do further damage to Vladimir Putin. Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer who died in police custody in 2009, testified before his arrest that state officials tried to claim $230 million in...

Russia Blacklists John Yoo, Gitmo Honchos
 Russia Blacklists 18 Americans 

Russia Blacklists 18 Americans

John Yoo, Gitmo honchos among those named in retaliation for US list

(Newser) - Russia and the US are engaging in a little diplomatic war over alleged human-rights abuses, and one of the new casualties is former Justice Department lawyer John Yoo—the man who wrote the legal memos justifying harsh interrogation in the Bush administration. Yoo, former Cheney chief of staff David Addington,...

Americans Now Banned From Adopting Russian Kids

With 60K US adoptions over 20 years, critics say children will be real losers

(Newser) - As expected , Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a controversial new bill banning US citizens from adopting Russian children, reports Reuters . In addition to the adoption ban, the Russian law, set to take effect Jan. 1, could close some Russian NGOs that receive US funding and bans Americans accused...

Putin to Snub London Olympics

Medvedev to attend instead

(Newser) - Even though Russia will be hosting the next Winter Olympics in 2014, Vladimir Putin will snub this summer's games in Great Britain, reports the Guardian . Apparently Russia's recently re-elected president is unhappy with Britain for a range of reasons—being accused of human rights abuses, British MPs blocking...

Russia Putting Dead Man on Trial

Lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, accused of tax evasion, died in police custody

(Newser) - For the first time in its history, Russia plans to prosecute a dead man. Police intend to bring to trial the tax-evasion case of Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer who died in custody in 2009, reports the New York Times . Russian authorities claim they reopened the case so Magnitsky's supporters...

Russia Blocks Autopsy on Jailed Lawyer

Authorities accused of denying activist attorney care

(Newser) - Friends of an anti-corruption lawyer who died in a Moscow prison this week accuse the government of denying him medical care and say authorities have refused to release his body for an independent autopsy. Sergei Magnitsky, 37, died after spending almost a year in jail in squalid conditions awaiting trial...

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