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April 16, 2013
CARDIN TO MEET WITH SERGEI MAGNITSKY’S FAMILY AT U.S.
On Thursday, April 18, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, will meet with the family of the late Sergei Magnitsky, namesake of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act. Senator Cardin, Natalya Magnitskaya (mother of Sergei Magnitsky) and Natasha Magnitskaya (widow of Sergei Magnitsky) will take questions from the media at approximately 12:30, after the conclusion of their meeting. This is the first visit to the U.S. for the Magnitskayas.
Sergei Magnitsky was a 37-year-old Russian lawyer who uncovered massive fraud and corruption in Russia and then was arrested for his whistleblowing. He died in 2009 after suffering torturous conditions in pre-trial detention, being repeatedly denied medical treatment. Those who committed the corruption uncovered by Magnitsky and those responsible for his death have not been brought to justice. In some cases, they have been promoted since Magnitsky's death. Magnitsky currently is being tried posthumously. Since 2010, at the encouragement of Senator Cardin and his colleagues, the State Department has barred dozens of Russians implicated in Magnitsky's death from receiving travel visas. Just last week, the Obama Administration released the first list of sanctioned individuals required under the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, which was authored by Senator Cardin.
WHAT: Cardin-Magnitsky Press Conference
WHO: Senator Ben Cardin
Natalya Magnitskaya (mother of Sergei Magnitsky)
Natasha Magnitskaya (widow of Sergei Magnitsky)
Nikita Magnitsky (son of Sergei Magnitsky)
WHEN: THURSDAY, APRIL 18 AT 12:30PM
WHERE: Outside S-116, U.S. Capitol