On International Human Rights Day Tuesday, the United States Treasury announced sanctions against Marian Kočner, a controversial businessman facing trial in Slovakia later this month for his alleged leading role in the murders of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiance Martina Kušnírová.
The US has sanctioned three brothers of the infamous Gupta family and one of their associates, accusing them of bribery and overpayments on government contracts to fund political contributions and influence the actions of the South African government.
The European Court ruled on Tuesday that the Russian government violated several articles in the European Convention on Human Rights over the course of its 11-month pre-trial detention and posthumous criminal conviction of Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian tax auditor and government corruption whistleblower, who was found dead on the floor of his small jail cell in northeastern Moscow ten years ago.
The US Treasury added on Wednesday five more names to the list of Russian individuals sanctioned under the Magnitsky Act, including the leader of the Republic of Chechnya, Ramzan Kardyrov.
Lithuanian Parliament unanimously passed on Thursday a version of the Magnitsky Act—legislation that allows sanctions to be imposed against individuals suspected of involvement in human rights violations.
Russia has announced it will retaliate against Canada after Ottawa blacklisted on Friday 30 Russian officials alleged to be connected to the death of whistleblowing lawyer Sergei Magnitsky and a massive tax fraud scheme he uncovered.
A complaint filed on July 21 accuses a California congressman and his staff director of lobbying against a US law that sanctions Russian officials linked to the 2009 death of a whistleblower.
The Lithuanian Parliament on Thursday introduced the Magnitsky Legislation which prevents persons involved in human rights abuses, money laundering and corruption from entering the country.
The UK House of Commons unanimously passed legislation Tuesday that—if adopted by the House of Lords—will allow the government to freeze the assets of international human rights violators in the UK.
Reporters for OCCRP have found evidence that pro-Kremlin agents are using an online petition tool on www.whitehouse.gov, a US presidential website, in an attempt to covertly influence US policy.
A closer look at the effort gives a better understanding how trolls are used to propagandize Russian citizens with misinformation about the West.
Banking records obtained by OCCRP show that cellist Sergei Roldugin, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s old friend, received money from an offshore company at about the same time it was being used to steal money from the Russian government in the notorious Sergei Magnitsky case.
A firm co-owned by Australian political strategist, Sir Lynton Crosby, allegedly accepted £45,000 (US$ 64,818) to work for a member of a Russian crime gang implicated in the death of anti-corruption whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky, BuzzFeed said.
Dutch Member of Parliament Pieter Omtzigt questions whether Cyprus is paying “lip service” to international money laundering regulations after its failure to go after banks involved in money laundering in the scandalous and tragic Sergei Magnitsky case, reported the EU Observer.
Adam Szubin, acting US Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, says that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been amassing secret wealth and that the United States considers him to be corrupt, reported Reuters.
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