Document Type

Brief

Category

What Comes Next?

Publication Date

2018

Abstract

The Global Magnitsky Act is an expansion of the Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal and Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 (the “Magnitsky Act”). The original statute enabled the U.S. government to sanction individuals from the Russian Federation for torture, extrajudicial killings, and other human rights violations. The bill was named after Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer who died in prison from police abuse and neglect after exposing fraud by members of the Russian government. The Global Magnitsky Act expands the scope of potential sanctions from covering just Russian nationals to covering persons worldwide who engage in human rights abuses or corruption.

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