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OFAC Sanctions Five Russian Individuals And A Russian Organization For Alleged Involvement in Death Of Whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky


Last week the Federal government announced sanctions against five Russian nationals and a Russian firm it says bear a portion of responsibility in the untimely death of Russian whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky.

On Thursday the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) made the designations pursuant to the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 (the Magnitsky Act), raising the total number of parties against whom sanctions have been levied under the Act to 55.

Among those sanctioned is an investigator assigned to the committee responsible for investigating Magnitsky’s death. OFAC says that, despite being presented with significant evidence that Magnitsky met his end via foul play, she allegedly signed a denial in response to a petition to open a criminal inquiry into the matter.

Another sanctioned individual was the Deputy Section Chief of the Investigative Committee of the Ministry of Internal Affairs who allegedly made false and misleading statements regarding Magnitsky’s conduct prior to arrest in an effort at justifying his custody. He also was responsible for the condition of Magnitsky’s detention, including allegedly ignoring complaints of ultimately fatal health problems and transferring him shortly before a potentially lifesaving medical procedure.

Also sanctioned was the Terek Special Rapid Response Team and its commander. OFAC alleges both parties of being responsible for extrajudicial killing, torture, and a spate of other illicit activities against individuals who attempted to expose the illegal activities of the Russian government. The organization also is alleged to have acted against those agitating for state recognition of human rights and those they believe to belong to the Russian LGBT community.

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