Saeima passes "Magnitsky act"

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On February 8 the Latvian parliament asked the government to impose sanctions against the persons involved in the so-called Magnitsky case.

This means Saeima supports drawing up a "Magnitsky list" similar to those already operating in the U.S., U.K., and elsewhere.

60 MPs voted 'for' introducing a "Magnitsky list", seven were against and three 'abstained'. 

The Latvian parliament says Russian authorities have not conducted an independent and objective investigation about the arrest, torture and death of Russian attorney Sergey Magnitsky, who was murdered in police custody in Russia after exposing a massive criminal fraud involving state officials.

National Alliance MP Rihards Kols was one of the driving forces behind the initative.

The parliament bill, inter alia, asks for the government to put the matter on the agenda of the Council of the European Union.

Up until now, Latvia was the only Baltic state that had not adopted the so-called Magnitsky law, which prohibits entry to foreigners involved in large-scale corruption, money laundering or human rights violations.

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