The house of Commons of the Parliament of Canada passed the “Law on victims of corrupt foreign governments,” which is analogous to the “act of Magnitsky”. About this in his Twitter wrote the Minister of foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland.
“Today the House of Commons passed a law S226, which will give us new tools to prosecute those who violate human rights and to combat corruption,” she wrote.
As noted, the law must first be directed against officials from Russia, Venezuela, Iran, Vietnam and Myanmar, engaged in money laundering in Canada, at the same time violating human rights in their countries.
The document was adopted with a decision of 277 deputies out of 338 parliamentarians, members of the House of Commons. The law should enter into force if approved by the upper house of the canadian Parliament and subject to the sanction of the Governor-General.
In may, the Russian foreign Ministry has warned Ottawa that the approval by the Parliament of Canada, local version of the Magnitsky act will cause significant damage to bilateral relations. According to the Ministry of the interior, such action will lose Canada, whose authorities prefer to isolate themselves from Russia instead of developing mutually beneficial cooperation, including in the economic sphere and the development of the Arctic.
Adopted in 2012 in the U.S. “Magnitsky act” imposes personal sanctions against several dozen Russians. The document is named by the name of the lawyer of Fund Hermitage Capital Sergey Magnitsky died in a Moscow prison “Matrosskaya Tishina” in 2009, and directed against persons suspected of involvement in his death.