In the U.S. Congress refused to rename the “Magnitsky Act”


The foreign Affairs Committee of the house of representatives of the U.S. Congress at a meeting on Wednesday refused to accept an amendment by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, who was removed to the name of the lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in a new version of the law named after him. The bill extends the current from the end of 2012 “Magnitsky Act”, was passed by the Senate in December of last year, and is currently passing through the house of representatives.

The new version of “Magnitsky’s Law”, named “Global Magnitsky act”, was initiated by the former developers of the human rights legislation, Senator Ben Cardin and Congressman Jim McGovern. It allows you to bring in sanctions “Magnitsky list” of suspected human rights violations against citizens of any country, not just Russians.

Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher suggested for discussion at the appropriate Committee amendment on the recall of the name of the law name of the deceased in jail in 2009, Hermitage Capital lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. The bill he proposed to rename “Act of global responsibility for human rights”. As noted by The National Review, as justification in a letter to fellow congressmen, he pointed out that “some questions remain regarding the case, which involved an investment banker bill Browder and his former employee Sergei Magnitsky”.

“The foreign Affairs Committee of the house of representatives rejected an amendment by Congressman Rohrabacher about the exception named after Magnitsky from the text [of the document], and then supported the “law of Magnitsky”, — said the official representative of Senator Cardin’s Shaun Bartlett.

Magnitsky died in detention center “Matrosskaya Tishina” in November 2009, where he appeared on charges of involvement in the illegal return of RUB 5.5 billion allegedly overpaid income taxes for the year 2006. Magnitsky himself claimed that the alleged crime was committed by an organized group, consisting of investigators, judges and tax officials. Part of the named persons fell into the “Magnitsky list” — they were denied entry into the United States, and their American assets are under arrest.

“The law was named after Sergei Magnitsky, he was not fortunate enough to become a victim of corruption and heinous crimes faced by countless innocent people worldwide,” reads the joint statement of Senator Cardin and his colleagues at the house of John McCain, issued after the meeting of the Committee. “Thanks to today’s decision <…> we’re one step closer to the prevention of such acts of impunity,” say the Cardin and McCain.