The European Union disclosed details of the new sanctions regime for human rights violations, similar to the American “Magnitsky list”. Interfax writes about this with reference to a high-ranking source in the EU.
The EU Foreign Affairs Council is to adopt a framework sanctions regime for human rights violations on December 10. Thus, it will enter into force on Human Rights Day. At the same time, the future regime will not bear the name of Sergei Magnitsky.
The source clarified that sanctions for violations of human rights will be adopted by a unanimous decision of the 27 EU member states. They can be imposed on both state and non-state actors. The set of sanctions instruments will be standard: a ban on travel to the European Union and a freeze on financial assets.
The EU promised Russia a new Magnitsky list on 30 November.
In July, the UK imposed sanctions against the chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia (TFR) Alexander Bastrykin and 24 other people associated with Russian security forces. These people, according to the British authorities, were involved in the death of the auditor Sergei Magnitsky in Matrosskaya Tishina.
According to the Russian Prosecutor General's Office, William Browder, founder of Hermitage Capital, organized a criminal community to evade taxes, steal Russian budget funds, and deliberate bankruptcy. The defendant in the case was the fund's lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who, according to the investigation, helped to come up with a criminal scheme.
Magnitsky was arrested in 2008, and in 2009 he died in the Moscow SIZO Matrosskaya Tishina. According to the defense, his death is related to the refusal of the jailers to provide him with medical assistance.