Russian court sentences Magnitsky campaigner in absentia

Russia1British businessman Bill Browder, who has campaigned for people responsible for corruption and gross human rights violations following the death of Moscow lawyer Sergei Magnitsky to be held to account, was sentenced yesterday by the Tverskoy District Court (Moscow) in absentia to nine years’ imprisonment for deliberate bankruptcy and tax evasion.

Mr Browder, who denies the allegations, has stated that the decision of the Moscow court is a reaction to his efforts to get five countries (US, Canada, UK (relevant provisions yet to come into force), Estonia and Lithuania) to impose ‘Magnitsky-style’ sanctions against Russian individuals. In 2013, the same court convicted Mr Browder of tax evasion in a separate trial in absentia (he was tried alongside the late Sergei Magnitsky, who was posthumously found guilty of tax evasion). Yesterday’s sentencing comes a week after the US added five additional Russians to its Russia-Magnitsky sanctions list (see previous blog here).

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About Maya Lester QC

Maya Lester QC has a wide ranging practice in public law, European law, competition law, international law, human rights & civil liberties. She has a particular expertise in sanctions. As the most recent (2016) Chambers & Partners directory put it, she "owns the world of sanctions". She spent 2011-12 in New York at Columbia Law School lecturing and writing on sanctions. She represents and advises hundreds of companies and individuals before the European and English courts and has acted in most of the leading cases, including Kadi, Tay Za, Central Bank of Iran, NITC and IRISL.

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