The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said that the body has practically developed a sanctions regime similar to the Magnitsky Act. She told about it at the plenary session of the European Parliament.
“The European Parliament has many times called for [the creation of] a European analog of the Magnitsky Act. I can inform you that now we will come out with such a proposal,” von der Leyen emphasized.
The European Union started working on creating its own package of sanctions similar to the “Magnitsky Act” adopted in the U.S. back in December 2019. The association was going to introduce restrictions for human rights violations. The project was resumed after Alexey Navalny’s hospitalization: he felt sick in the morning of August 20 during a flight from Tomsk to Moscow and landed in Omsk. On August 22, the opposition activist was taken to a clinic in Berlin.
German authorities announced that a Russian had been poisoned with the poison of the “Novichok” group. Russian doctors claim that the tests did not show any poisons in Navalny’s body. Alexander Murakhovsky, the chief physician of Omsk Emergency Hospital #1, claimed that the patient had a carbohydrate balance disorder.
Similar American laws were also approved in Estonia, Canada, Lithuania and Latvia. In Great Britain, only part of the law was passed – it concerns the freezing of assets of those involved in gross human rights violations. The American law was named after the Russian auditor Sergey Magnitsky. He was arrested in 2008, and in 2009 he died in Moscow’s Matrosskaya Silence detention center.