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Sergei Magnitsky

Beware of the New Putin, a Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

András Simonyi | Posted 04.27.2015 | World
András Simonyi

For the last few weeks commentators, politicians and many sectors of the western public have been perhaps surprised by Vladimir Putin's somewhat reconciliatory tone towards the U.S. and the West.

Red Notice: Honoring Sergei Magnitski

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.22.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

We discover, laid bare by an expert, the inner workings of the staggering extortion scheme that is the heart of Putin's system, and we understand that the act of revealing those workings is the most unforgivable crime in the country.

Interview With Prominent Putin Critic Bill Browder, CEO of Hermitage Capital Management

Samuel Ramani | Posted 05.13.2015 | World
Samuel Ramani

Browder was the largest foreign investor in Russia until 2005, when he became blacklisted from Russia as a "threat to national security." He has since emerged as one of Putin's most strident critics, and a prominent human rights activist.

Boris Nemtsov: Alive in Death

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.02.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Far from falling back into line and yielding to terror, tens of thousands of Russian men and women, in the manner of the French who so recently proclaimed "Je suis Charlie," came out to shout "I am Boris" into the ears of Vladimir Putin, who has never faced an adversary as vibrantly alive as this newly dead man.

U.S. Justice -- Post Mortem Style

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

There's a big difference between the Russian Court that tried Sergei Magnitsky and the United States Supreme Court that agreed to hear the appeal of Charles Warner.

Russia to Build 'Wall of Freedom'

Andy Valvur | Posted 06.08.2014 | Comedy
Andy Valvur

Deputies leapt to their feet with each new exhortation. Finally, someone was telling it like it was. But Putin wasn't done.

Have 'Magnitsky List' Sanctions Worked Against Russia?

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 06.03.2014 | World
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

This week in her speech at the European Parliament, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (representing prisoners' rights group Zona Prava and formerly of Pussy Riot...

The Quick, the Dead and the Guilty

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

Here is the news you've all been waiting for. As is often the case with news, it consists of two parts-the bad and the good. The bad news is he was found guilty. The good news is he won't have to serve any time. That's because he's dead.

Dead Russian Lawyer Found Guilty Of Tax Evasion

AP | JIM HEINTZ | Posted 07.11.2013 | World

MOSCOW -- More than three years after he died in prison, whistle-blowing Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky was found guilty of tax evasion by a Moscow c...

The Human Rights Competition

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 06.18.2013 | World
Christopher Brauchli

The Russians may have thought those people were as bad as Mr. Magnitsky's handlers. They may also have thought that keeping Mr. Magnitsky in jail for less than a year was much less worse than what the U.S. has done to prisoners at Guantanamo. If they thought that, they were right.

Russia Blacklists 18 Americans

AP | JIM HEINTZ | Posted 06.13.2013 | World

MOSCOW — Russia on Saturday banned 18 Americans from entering the country in response to Washington imposing sanctions on 18 Russians for allege...

Putin Warns U.S. Over Human Rights Blacklist

Reuters | Posted 06.11.2013 | World

By Denis Dyomkin BLAGOVESHCHENSK, Russia, April 12 (Reuters) - The forthcoming publication of a list of Russians barred from the Unit...

Russia Tries DEAD Whistleblower

AP | MAX SEDDON | Posted 03.30.2013 | World

MOSCOW — Russia is preparing to put lawyer Sergei Magnitsky on trial, even though he died in 2009, an unusual twist in a case that has become a ...

The Wrong Way to Do Human Rights

Simon Lester | Posted 03.13.2013 | World
Simon Lester

Did anyone really believe Russia would welcome this? Human rights are good, and the rule of law is good, and healthy societies are good.

The Best and Worst Human Rights Developments of 2012

Freedom House | Posted 03.02.2013 | World
Freedom House

As 2012 winds down, it is time again to reflect on the year’s human rights developments. How did the world do following an eventful 2011?

Prosecutors Drop Accusations In Controversial Whistleblower Death Case

Posted 12.26.2012 | World

By Steve Gutterman MOSCOW, Dec 24 (Reuters) - Russian prosecutors on Monday dropped their accusations against the only person being tried in co...

Russia Is Being Naughty, So Why Is Obama Being Nice?

Tom Andrews | Posted 02.12.2013 | World
Tom Andrews

By doling out economic perks and trade deals to Russia -- even as people die in Syria -- the U.S. is sending precisely the wrong message at the worst possible time.

With Russia, America Should Embrace the 21st Century

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.16.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

If America hopes to 'reset the reset' with Russia, it will need to send more accommodating messages to Mr. Putin than it has.

House Passes Bipartisan Measure

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The House showed some bipartisan cooperation Friday by voting overwhelmingly to end Soviet-era trade restrictions so that American ...

How Not to Achieve Foreign Policy Objectives With Russia

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.04.2012 | World
Daniel Wagner

Scolding Russia has never resulted in warmer relations between the two countries; it is certainly not going to do so now. Rather, Russia will more likely prove to be an impediment on both subjects, at least in part in response to adoption of the Magnitsky Law.

The Magnitsky Act and Implications for Russia-U.S. Relations

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.17.2012 | World
Daniel Wagner

Russia has promised a retaliatory response to the Act, calling it "anti-Russian" and intrusive in the country's internal affairs.

Pass the Magnitsky Bill

Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld | Posted 08.07.2012 | Politics
Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld

Short-sighted attempts to placate the Russian bear to get immediate diplomatic help mortgage our future. America should not make deals by walking over the mangled fingers of tortured, 37-year-old lawyers. We are better than that.

Can Enlightenment Come to Russia?

Katrina Lantos Swett | Posted 04.17.2012 | World
Katrina Lantos Swett

There is renewed hope that Mikhail Khodorkovsky may one day breathe the air of freedom. And yet, the bizarre posthumous trial of Sergei Magnitsky, is a chilling reminder that the Russian winter is by no means over.

Report: Lawyer's Brutal Death Covered Up

AP | SOFIA JAVED | Posted 01.28.2012 | World

MOSCOW — A private investigation into the death of a Russian lawyer who had reported official corruption in his country concluded Monday that he...

Magnitsky and Russia's Opportunity Cost

Robert Amsterdam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Amsterdam

Lawlessness has been working out pretty well for Putin -- when courts don't work, and when the investigators are specialized in inventing cases rather than solving crimes, the Kremlin becomes the ultimate arbiter in the system.