European Union

A resolution to recommend that the Council establish visa restriction for Russian officials involved in the death of Sergei Magnitsky.

In December 2010, a resolution was passed with an over­whelming majority of 318 in favour and 163 against (with 95 absten­tions). The European Parliament called upon EU member states to consider imposing entry bans on the Russian officials who played a direct role in the Magnitsky case. The European Parliament also called on EU law enforcement agencies to cooperate in freezing bank accounts and other assets of these Russian officials in all EU Member States.
European Parliament Resolution (Adopted) 16 December 2010

In December 2011, the Euro­pean Parliament strongly condemned the impunity of Russian officials involved in the false arrest, torture and murder of the Russian anti-corruption lawyer Sergei Magnitsky and has moved to cre­ate con­se­quences for the Russ­ian bureau­crats involved in the cover-up. In a strongly worded resolution, the Euro­pean parliament vowed to impose EU-wide visa and asset freezes should the Russ­ian authorities fail to prosecute the officials complicit in Magnitsky’s death and extend these sanc­tions to those Russian officials involved in the on-going cover up in this case. The European Parliament insists that high-level Russian officials in the Mag­nit­sky case should not escape pros­e­cu­tion if the Russ­ian probe is to have any cred­i­bil­ity in the West.
European Parliament Resolution 13 December 2011

On the 23rd October 2012, the European Parliament recommended that the Council of the European Union impose sanctions against Russian officials involved in the incarceration of Moscow lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who died in pre-trial detention in 2009. Kristiina Ojuland MEP, who is the ALDE spokeswoman on Russia and the rapporteur on the Magnitsky Law, spearheaded the drive to have the Council impose visa restrictions on Russian officials included in the Magnitsky List.