Italy : : Motion on Sergei Magnitsky

Italy-01In May 2012, the Italian Parliament held a debate on the Magnitsky motion, giving one of the strongest condemnations yet of any European national parliament of Russia’s handling of the Magnitsky case. The Magnitsky motion was introduced by Matteo Mecacci, MP from Italy’s Democratic/Radical Party, and Chair of the Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Ques­tions at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. Supported by representatives from five different parties in the Italian parliament, the motion calls for visa bans and asset freezes on the 60 Russian officials identified by the US Helsinki Commission for their role in the false arrest, torture and death of Sergei Magnitsky and the $230 million corruption he uncovered.