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Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published April 16, 2013

ADVISORY: CARDIN TO MEET WITH SERGEI MAGNITSKY’S FAMILY AT U.S. CAPITOL



 

*** MEDIA ADVISORY ***

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Sue Walitsky 202-224-4524 or

202-320-0819 cell

April 16, 2013

 

 

CARDIN TO MEET WITH SERGEI MAGNITSKY’S FAMILY AT U.S.

 

CAPITOL

 

 

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

                        Washington, DC