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Magnitsky Law

“I’m in from London to attend the book party for Elana,” said Jado Russell at the Kalorama home of Juleanna Glover and Christopher Reiter. Elana Servettaz is a Russian-French journalist and a news anchor at Radio France Internationale where she covers international relations and high-profile political cases including that of Sergei Magnitsky which is what her book is about.

Not to diminish our intellectual capacity, but the subject matter was a bit heavy to grasp at a cocktail party so we are going to spell it out for you.

Sergei Magnitsky was a Russian accountant and auditor whose arrest and subsequent death in custody generated international media attention and triggered both official and unofficial inquiries into allegations of fraud, theft and human rights violations. Magnitsky had alleged there had been a large-scale theft from the Russian state sanctioned and carried out by Russian officials. He was arrested and eventually died in prison seven days before the expiration of the one-year term during which he could be legally held without trial. His case has become an international cause célèbre and led to the adoption of the Magnitsky bill by the US government at the end of 2012 by which those Russian officials believed to be involved in the lawyer’s death were barred from entering the United States or using its banking system. In response, Russia blocked hundreds of foreign adoptions.” Wikipedia