U.S. House Committee to Vote on Magnitsky List June 7

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs will vote on the Magnitsky List June 7, according to the committee schedule published on Saturday.

The bill seeks “to impose sanctions on persons responsible for the detention, abuse, or death of Sergei Magnitsky, and for other gross violations of human rights in the Russian Federation, and for other purposes.”

Hearings are to start on Thursday at 10 a.m.

A group of influential U.S. senators, including former Republican presidential candidate John McCain, proposed the introduction of a blacklist of Russian officials allegedly linked to Magnitsky’s death in mid-March.

Magnitsky was arrested on tax evasion charges in November 2008, just days after accusing police investigators in a $230 million tax refund fraud, and died after almost a year in the Matrosskaya Tishina pre-trial detention center in Moscow.

A probe into his death revealed that the 37-year-old lawyer, who was suffering from untreated pancreatitis and hearth condition, did not receive proper medical treatment. Rights activists pointed to multiple violations of the lawyer’s rights during his arrest and detention, including signs that he was beaten by prison guards hours before his death.

The U.S. State Department issued visa bans for several dozen Russian officials in connection to the Magnitsky case in July 2011. In response, Russia has imposed travel bans on several U.S. officials.

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