The U.S. Treasury has extended the sanctions associated with the “Magnitsky case”, five Russians. The announcement and the list of new defendants published on Monday, January 9, on the Agency’s website.
Sanctions were imposed against the Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia Alexander Bastrykin, the investigator Stanislav Gordievsky, businessman Dmitry Kovtun, a state Duma Deputy Andrei Lugovoi and of the defendant conducted by the Fund Hermitage Capital investigation Gennady Plaksin, accused of participation in fraud schemes as a nominee of the head.
At the end of December 2016, President Barack Obama signed the law on defence spending in 2017, which restricts military cooperation with Russia, gives a global status to the “Magnitsky act” and provides for the supply of weapons to the Syrian opposition.
Prior to this, the Ministry of Commerce of the United States expanded sanctions list of Russian companies, including 23 organizations. Washington has also imposed restrictions against the leadership of the Moscow-based Tempbank over Syria.
The “Magnitsky act”, enacted in 2012, imposes personal sanctions against several dozen Russians. The document is named by the name of the lawyer of Fund Hermitage Capital of Sergei Magnitsky, who died in a Moscow prison “Matrosskaya Tishina” in 2009, and directed against persons suspected of involvement in his death.
The Fund Hermitage Capital, headed by British businessman William Browder, worked in Russia from 1996 to 2006, engaged in trading on the Russian stock market. The Fund invested mainly in companies in the financial and energy sector, investment volume reached $ 2.5 billion. In 2005, Browder was denied entry to Russia. In 2013, he was sentenced to nine years in prison for tax evasion.