BRIEFING: Magnitsky Act

Publicerad 21 November, 2017
ISBN: 978-91-7703-122-2
4 pages

Sergej Magnitsky was a lawyer and auditor employed by the investment company Hermitage Capital Management (HCM) co-founded by Bill Browder to investigate a raid conducted by Russian police. Magnitsky discovered large-scale theft and found links between fraud and corruption to high-ranking Russian civil servants. When Magnitsky published these allegations in 2008, he was arrested and later sentenced to Russian prison over a year later. Magnitsky died from torture, ill-treatment and denial of medical care in prison.

Since its enactment 2012, the Magnitsky Act has been used as a tool to punish those involved in human rights violations. This briefing discusses the grounds of the Magnitsky Act, its adoption by various countries, and the argument that Sweden should become the next country to adopt this set of human rights laws.