Human Rights Defenders and Artists Call for Blacklisting of Officials Linked to Jailing of Khodorkovsky

posted 20 Sep 2011, 02:04 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 20 Sep 2011, 02:05 ]
Source: (info), 19/09/11 

· Human Rights Defenders · Yukos Affair · Political Prisoners 

A group of Russian politicians, human rights defenders and figures from the arts have called on the US Senate to apply sanctions similar to those used in the case of Sergei Magnitsky against Russian officials complicit in the Yukos affair. 

As Kommersant writes, the list of 305 officials presented to the Senate includes Prosecutor General Yury Chaika, head of the Investigative Committee Aleksandr Bastrykin, chair of Moscow City Court Olga Egorova, and the names of investigators, prosecutors and judges in all the prosecutions related to the Yukos affair. The letter’s authors ask that the officials named in the list should be denied US entry visas and the freezing of any foreign bank accounts they may possess. 

Among the signatories of the letter are the co-chairs of the Party of National Freedom, Boris Nemtsov and Vladimir Ryzhkov, human rights defenders Ludmila Alekseeva and Lev Ponomarev, film director Eldar Ryazanov, and the celebrated Russian actresses Liya Akhedzhakova and Natalya Fateeva. The text of the letter states: “This letter is an expression of support for S.1039, the ‘Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2011’, currently pending before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.” The letter points out that the case of Magnitsky is not the only one of its kind in Russia: “Egregious abuses of human rights are, unfortunately, common in today’s Russia.” [Read more]