The US Senate Gets Serious With Moscow
Rahvusvahelised uudised 04 Jun 2011  EWR
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Vladimir Kara-Murza

“Expressions of concern are not a substitute for a real policy ... it’s time for consequences,” announced US Senator Benjamin Cardin as he rose to introduce S.1039, the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2011. The bill, currently with sixteen sponsors—eight Democrats, seven Republicans, one Independent—imposes travel and financial sanctions on individuals involved in “gross violations of human rights in the Russian Federation.” The draft law, dedicated to the memory of a Moscow lawyer who, after uncovering a multimillion tax fraud scheme, was arrested, jailed, and tortured to death, goes beyond his own case and, as Mr. Cardin noted in his introduction, “addresses the overall issue of the erosion of the rule of law and human rights in Russia.”...

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