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Why You Should Read the European Court Ruling on Magnitsky

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Today, the European Court of Human Rights ruled against Russia over the 2009 death of jailed whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky. For many, the name Magnitsky has become synonymous with individual sanctions that states can impose for gross human rights violations in other countries. But it is important to remember the individual human tragedy, the story of prolonged suffering and death of Sergei Magnitsky, that inspired the laws behind these sanction mechanisms. Magnitsky, a tax advisor, had alleged that various government officials were involved in a massive scheme that defrauded the Russian government…

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