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European Parliament demands sanctions over Magnitsky case

The European Parliament voted Wednesday to demand EU sanctions on 32 Russian officials implicated in the 2009 death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky and later attempts to suppress the case and harass his family. The resolution -- which is not legally binding and is seen mainly as a political statement -- calls on the European Council to impose a visa ban and asset freeze on the 32 officials.

Russia demands access to Russian drug smuggler in U.S. jail

By Lidia Kelly MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has summoned an American diplomat to demand diplomatic and medical access to a Russian drug smuggler imprisoned in the United States, who Moscow says was tortured when he was arrested in 2010. In a statement late on Friday, the Foreign Ministry said a Russian doctor should examine Konstantin Yaroshenko, a pilot serving 20 years for conspiracy to smuggle cocaine into the United States whose health has been worsening, according to his lawyer.

Pussy Riot members say Russia is blocking drive to help prisoners

By Gareth Jones BERLIN (Reuters) - Two members of the punk protest band Pussy Riot accused Moscow on Monday of obstructing their campaign to improve conditions in Russia's jails, and called for international monitoring. Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who were themselves freed from jail in December under an amnesty, also said they might consider stepping up their political activism by running for election to the Moscow city government.

U.S. lawmakers seek to expand human rights act from Russia to world

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two senior U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation on Thursday that would expand to all countries the "Magnitsky" act passed in late 2012 to penalize Russia for alleged human rights abuses. Democratic Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland, who championed the original law, and Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona said their "Global Human Rights Accountability Act" would ensure human rights abusers from anywhere in the world are denied entry to the United States and barred from using U.S. financial institutions.

British court throws out Magnitsky libel suit

Britain's High Court on Monday threw out a libel suit by a former Russian interior ministry investigator over accusations that he was involved in the death of whistleblowing lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. Pavel Karpov is named on a US blacklist of Russians involved in the case of Magnitsky, who died in jail in 2009 after being detained while investigating a massive theft of state assets by Russian officials.

Britain's High Court throws out libel suit related to dead Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky

LONDON - Britain's High Court on Monday threw out a libel case brought by a former Russian police officer against a London-based financier who is a fierce critic of corruption in Russia. Retired policeman Pavel Karpov sued Hermitage Capital Management and its chief executive, William Browder, who has accused Karpov of being part of a network of corrupt officials complicit in the death of a Russian lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky.

US wants to seize assets from Russian scheme uncovered by Magnitsky

"As alleged, a Russian criminal enterprise sought to launder some of its billions in ill-gotten rubles through the purchase of pricey Manhattan real estate," Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement.

US seeks New York properties in Magnitsky case

US prosecutors Tuesday filed a complaint to seize six pieces of upscale New York real estate allegedly financed through an elaborate fraud scheme uncovered by late Russian attorney Sergei Magnitsky. US Attorney Preet Bharara said the 11 entities named in the complaint hold four luxury residential units and two high-end commercial spaces in Manhattan. The US is also seeking civil monetary laundering penalties in the latest ripple from the controversial Magnitsky case.

Russia demands Interpol explain refusal to track down financier

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Interpol must explain why it has rejected Moscow's two requests to put British hedge fund head and anti-corruption campaigner William Browder on its search list, the Russian Interior Ministry said on Saturday. The decision is the latest twist in a long-running battle between the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Browder, whose investment company Hermitage Capital was once the largest investor in Russia's equity market.

Interpol snubs Moscow again in chase of fund manager Browder

PARIS (Reuters) - Interpol on Friday rejected a second request from Moscow to put British investment fund head William Browder on its search list, dealing a fresh blow to Russia's drive to jail the man behind a campaign to expose corruption and rights violations. The decision is the latest twist in a long-running battle between the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Browder, whose investment company Hermitage Capital was once the largest investor in Russia's equity market.
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