Documentary film screening & Hearing on the Magnitsky case
Place: House of Literature, The Wergeland Hall, Oslo
Time: Thursday 27 September 14:00-16:00
“After Sergei Magnitsky, lawyer of the Heritage Capital management was beaten to death in a Moscow jail for uncovering fraud by Russian authorities, CEO in Hermitage Capital Management Bill Browder has devoted himself to publicising the case. As a result, the US is close to passing a dramatic human rights law, naming the 60 Russians identified by Browder as being responsible for the false arrest, torture and death of Sergei Magnitsky. The act, which has been ferociously resisted by the Kremlin and the US administration and some business interests, would freeze the foreign assets of, and deny visas to, those named individuals.” Financial Times Magazine, 27 July 2012.
Next week, Bill Browder is visiting Oslo: Should Norway impose similar sanctions on human rights offenders in Russia?
Bill Browder, CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, with a panel of Parliamentarians and non-governmental human rights activists will present the Magnitsky case and answer to questions. Information about the main elements of the Magnitsky case will be explained, while also discussing possible actions by authorities outside Russia in order to address violations of human rights as well as corruption issues inherent in this and similar cases.
A new documentary on the Magnitsky case will be screened for the first time in Norway: “The Magnitsky Files: Organised Crime inside the Russian Government”. (20 minutes).
Sign up for the hearing by Wednesday 26 September to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sergei Magnitsky was a tax lawyer and auditor who worked for the Moscow legal and audit firm, Firestone Duncan. He discovered that senior Interior Ministry officers had stolen the investment companies of his client, the Hermitage Fund, and then went on to rob the Russian treasury of 5.4 billion rubles ($230 million).
Russian Interior Ministry officers then intentionally arrested him and created torturous and ultimately deadly conditions for Magnitsky in pre-trial detention, in an attempt to get him to change his testimony implicating them in theft and corruption related crimes. As a result, Magnitsky died on 16 November 2009.
The treatment of Magnitsky and the efforts of covering-up massive crimes have stirred strong reactions from around the world. According to EU Council chief Herman Van Rompuy, Russia’s international reputation is at stake over the murder of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.
For more information on the Magnitsky case and the global campaign “Stop the Untouchables. Justice for Sergei Magnitsky”: http://russian-untouchables.com/eng/ and
The Magnitsky law, Financial Times Magazine 27 July 2012