Browder urges EU ministers to honour Magnitsky name
KREMLIN critic Bill Browder is campaigning to stop his murdered lawyer’s name from being deleted as EU politicians discuss the introduction of their own version of the so-called Magnitsky Act.
Mr Browder, the hedge fund manager who has spent a decade fighting to uncover Russian money laundering, is concerned the sanctions law being discussed by EU foreign ministers has made no reference to Sergei Magnitsky, despite being based on the Magnitsky Act, which has been passed in six other countries. Mr Magnitsky died in a Russian prison a year after uncovering a major $230m (£180m) tax fraud.
“This is exactly the same as the Magnitsky Act, and the proposal was directly the result of the Dutch parliament calling for a Magnitsky Act.
“If the name is dropped, it’s going to cause serious problems for everybody trying to drop [it],” Mr Browder said. “It will be politically and morally hard to delete Sergei Magnitsky’s name from history.” Mr Browder has ramped up his campaign for an Eu-wide Magnitsky Act to get the greenlight ahead of the European Parliament’s meeting to discuss the proposal tomorrow.
Sixty-four politicians from 20 EU countries have backed the move and urged European ministers to “honour Magnitsky in name”. The Magnitsky Act, first enacted in the US, allows countries to impose sanctions on corrupt officials involved in human rights violations.
“The gangsters keep their loot in the South of France and [London’s] Eaton Square, so an Eu-specific one would be devastating for crooks in Russia and elsewhere,” added Mr Browder.