Moscow has forbidden dozens of Canadian people to come to Russia in response to Ottawa’s 30 Russian citizens against sanctions against human rights violators, Russian Foreign Minister spokesman Marija Zaharova said on Friday at the diplomatic ministry’s website.
On Friday, Canada’s law on the “victims of corrupt foreign governments”, which entered into force in mid-October, (according to the Russian political term, the Canadian version of the Magnyszkij US Law), 52 people – including 30 Russian citizens – were subject to freezing and expulsion. The highest-ranking Russian agent is Sergei Basztrikin, the director of the Investigation Office (SZK).
According to Zaharova, a symmetrical measure based on the principle of reciprocity, Russia dictated dozens of Canadian citizenship blacklist. The spokesman noted: Moscow has repeatedly warned Ottawa not to try sanctioning pressure and to outspoken the counterattacks. He was sorry that Canada imposed new restrictions on Russian citizens on the “pretext of the Magnyzitz Law”.
The spokesman emphasized that Moscow was in favor of constructive co-operation but in the midst of “sanctioning games” and expressed hope that the Canadian political circles would ultimately disclose the detrimental line of bilateral ties.
The original Magnysinki law was in force during the term of office of former US President Barack Obama in 2012 and freezing and banning the assets of Russian officials who were involved with Washington, according to Russian lawyer Sergei Magnyszkij, Russian lawyer who accused Russia’s official circles and authorities of corruption in 2009, in unclear circumstances. (Maginszkij, however, is referred to by Russian sources consistently as an auditor.)
The relations between Ottawa and Moscow have virtually frozen because of the repression of Crimea in Ukraine in 2014 and the explosion of the subsequent war in East Ukraine. Canada has a significant population of Ukrainian origin.
Sergey Magnyski is the accountant of Hermitage Capital’s US investment fund, according to overseas sources, as his lawyer. In 2008, he was charged with tax evasion for charging Russian police executives, officials, bankers and tax officials with corruption for the theft of the fund’s money – a total of $ 230 million.
Magnyski did not reach trial, 11 months after his detention. According to reports in the Russian press, he was shot dead in prison, but the prosecution said his death was caused by cardiovascular failure. A Russian presidential commission investigation found that Magnyszkijt was detained in inappropriate conditions and that the prison authorities refused to provide medical care. The Council of Europe later came to a similar conclusion.
The key lobbyist for the adoption of the US Magynitsky law was William Browder, former auditor of the auditor, Hermitage Capital CEO. The British-born Browder was expelled from Russia in 2005 and sentenced to 9 years in prison for tax evasion in Moscow in 2013.
Russia has again attempted unsuccessfully to launch Browder on the list of criminals circulated by Interpol this year. Yorki Csajka, Russian Attorney General, sent two letters to Jeff Sessions, US Justice Minister at the end of October. In one of them, he was asked to initiate criminal proceedings against the Russian economy by illegally using $ 1 billion to Browder, while in the other to review the justification for the adoption of the Magnyzitz Law, initiated by “unfounded and criminals”.
Source: MTI / Image: profitline.hu /