US hits 5 Russian officials with sanctions

United States imposes sanctions on five Russian officials it believes were responsible for death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, other human rights violations

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

A woman holds a placard with a portrait of Sergei Magnitsky during an unauthorised rally in central Moscow December 15, 2012.

The United States imposed sanctions on Monday for five Russian officials who are accused of human rights abuses, four of the officials are being of accused of having links to the death of a corruption-fighting Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky who died in prison in 2009.

The US State and Treasury Departments blamed Aleksey Anichin, Boris Kibis, Pavel Lapshov and Oleg Urzhumtsev as Russian officials who were responsible for the death of Sergei Magnitsky.

A senior US State Department official announced that the fifth official is Yevgeni Antonov, who ran a prison in Chechnya, notorious for its human rights violations.

Due to  the sanctions, the five officials are blacklisted and banned from getting US visas, and also any assets they have in the US are frozen.

Magnitsky died in prison in 2009 at the age 37, he was in prison for a year, during which time he said he was mistreated and was not provided medical treatment in an attempt to get him to admit to tax evasion and bear testimony against a former client. He received a sentence over tax evasion in 2013 in a posthumous trial.

Anichin was one of the heads of the Russian Interior Ministry's investigations department, he authorised the criminal case against Magnitsky and was later fired from his post by then-President Dmitry Medvedev.

Lapshov was also one of the heads of the Russian Interior Ministry's investigations department, while Kibis and Urzhumtsev were associated in the posthumous prosecution of Magnitsky.

TRTWorld and agencies