Lithuania bans entry to 49 Russians under ‘Magnitsky Act’

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Lithuania bans entry to 49 Russians under ‘Magnitsky Act’

In 2009, Russian tax accountant Sergei Magnitsky died in a Moscow prison after investigating fraud involving Russian tax officials.

VILNIUS – Lithuanian Interior Minister Eimutis Misiunas on Friday banned 49 Russian nationals accused of human rights violations and money laundering from entering the country.
The list was approved based on the so-called ‘Magnitsky Act’, which came into effect on Jan. 1.
“The minister has signed an order banning 49 individuals from entering Lithuania based on the adopted law and at the Foreign Ministry’s proposal,” Karolis Vaitkevicius, spokesman for the interior minister, told BNS.
He added that Misiunas had instructed the Migration Department to make the list public.
The law, passed by the Seimas last November, was named after Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who died in a Russian prison in 2009 after uncovering a 230-million-US-dollar tax fraud scheme.
Rasa Jakilaitiene, spokeswoman for the foreign minister, told BNS that the Foreign Ministry had drawn up the “Magnitsky list” in consultation with foreign partners before the law was adopted by the the parliament.
Some of the persons are already on Lithuania’s blacklist, the interior minister’s spokesman said.
The United States, Canada, Britain and Estonia also have similar “Magnitsky Acts”

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