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Canada adopts Magnitsky Act

On 4 October, the Canadian Parliament passed its version of the Magnitsky Act, named after the Russian tax lawyer who was brutally murdered in a Moscow jail in 2009.

Adopted unanimously - by 277 votes to none - the new law will allow Canada to sanction, freeze assets or deny entry to foreigners from any country that has violated human rights or engaged in corruption.

In 2012, the United States adopted the original Magnitsky Act, which prevents the Russian officials responsible for Mr Magnitsky's death, from entering the United States or using its banking system. The law also refers to the illegal detention of former Yukos executives, Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev, as a further example of Russia's contempt for the rule of law. Russia responded to the Magnitsky Act by blocking the adoption of children by foreign couples.

You can read the full story in our publication, 'The Kremlin's War on the West', on our homepage.

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