39 Russians Sanctioned by Australia Under Magnitsky Laws

At least 39 Russian individuals face sanctions by Australia under the Magnitsky laws.

Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Marisa Payne revealed that the first set of the Magnitsky sanctions will be imposed on Russian individuals who were complicit in Sergei Magnitsky’s abuse and death.

Magnitsky was a Russian lawyer and tax expert who was born in Ukraine and exposed rampant wrongdoing among Russian tax and law enforcement officers, which led to his eventual incarceration and abuse. 

“Mr. Magnitsky’s case inspired an international movement of sanctions laws to hold those responsible for his death to account, and to enable sanctions to be applied to other perpetrators of serious human rights violations and abuses, wherever they occur in the world,” said Payne in her statement.

Magnitsky was denied medical treatment while imprisoned, which resulted in his death in November 2009.

According to Payne, the sanctions will be the first of a series of punishments based on the Magnitsky-style reforms that were passed last December.

The targeted sanctions include travel bans, financial sanctions, and asset freezes against 14 Russian individuals responsible for the serious corruption that Magnitsky exposed, as well as another 25 Russian perpetrators and accomplices that were involved in his abuse and death.

Payne expressed that the sanctions will “Ensure that Australia does not become a safe haven for those already locked out of like-minded countries and their financial systems.

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