UK draws sanctions list over Magnitsky’s death

The United Kingdom has imposed sanctions against 25 Russians who, according to the British authorities, were involved in the death of lawyer and auditor Sergei Magnitsky, the website of the UK government reports.

The list of those whose assets have been frozen and whose entry into the UK is prohibited includes the head of the Russian Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, former deputy head of the Butyrka detention center, Dmitry Kratov, Deputy Interior Minister Alexei Anichin, and Deputy Attorney General Viktor Grin, Andrei Pechegin, deputy head of the Department for supervision over investigation of especially important cases of the Prosecutor General’s Office, Alexander Gauss, doctor of the “Matross Silence” remand centre, Svetlana Uhnaleva and Alexei Krivoruchko, judges of the Tverskiy district court, and other Russian citizens.

In addition, 20 members of the list are Saudi Arabian citizens. In London, they are considered to be involved in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. In total, the sanctions list includes 47 people who are somehow involved in human rights violations.

The UK is introducing sanctions against individuals involved in human rights violations for the first time without the consent of the European Union. This was made possible by the “Magnitsky Amendment” adopted in May 2018. The law came into force on July 6, the day the sanctions list was published.

Sergei Magnitsky was a lawyer with the Hermitage Capital Foundation. His investigation revealed a scheme to withdraw several billion rubles from Russia. In 2008, Magnitsky was arrested. On November 16, 2009, he died in a detention center under unknown circumstances. After his death, the US and EU imposed massive sanctions on Russian politicians, officials and businessmen.