The UK approves its ‘Magnitsky list’

The list of 60 Russian who are banned from entering the UK has been sent to the British embassy in Moscow by the UKBA. This list is probably linked to the death of the Hermitage Group lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in a pre-trial detention center.

According to Damian Green, the UK Immigration Minister, people on the list won’t be necessarily denied UK Visa. A restriction of entry of foreigners is legally possible in any state. Indeed every country has blacklists comprising terrorists, criminal suspects and law breakers. Nevertheless the Magnitsky list has to be considered differently because people on this list are not officially sentenced anywhere in the world.

According to the president of the National Strategy Institute, Mikhail Remizov, a new legal precedent would exist by the list and would enable to put pressure on Russia in corruption cases. He added “London can now use the Magnitsky case to back its policy of sheltering fugitive Russian oligarchs disguising them as political asylum seekers.”

Washington and London have already been warned by Russian diplomats that unilateral sanctions would trigger countermeasures.

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