The Magnitsky List is named after Sergei Magnitsky, a Hermitage Capital lawyer who was investigating corruption among some high-ranking Russian officials. Magnitsky died in November 2009 while in pre-trial detention at Moscow's Matrosskaya Tishina prison.

Official reports list the cause of death as heart failure, however, many people believe that some of the officials Magnitsky was investigating could be responsible for his death. The case has been  discussed in international circles, including in the halls of the U.S. Congress, where Senator Benjamin Cardin (Democrat-Maryland)  compiled a list of 60 people implicated in the events who could be subjected to a visa ban. Eventually the act grew to encompass all persons deemed responsible for human rights violations in Russia. Should the bill be approved, the U.S. Department of State will have three months to submit “blacklists” to Congress, not all of which will be made public.

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Russia will respond properly if U.S. expands Magnitsky List - officials

Russia will give a proper response if the U.S. expands the Magnitsky List, i.e. the list of Russian officials suspected of human rights abuses and subject to U.S. financial and visa sanctions under the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012, says Mikhail Margelov, the head of the Russian Federation Council international affairs committee

U.S. lawmaker says expects new names to be added to Magnitsky black list

Congressman Jim McGovern, co-author of the Magnitsky Act, has predicted there will be additions to the U.S. black list of Russian officials blamed for the allegedly illegitimate prosecution and death in custody of Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian auditor for British investment fund Hermitage Capital, the fund said

Magnitsky List ensnares Moscow, Obama and Congress

Fyodor Lukyanov

Conflicts associated with the Magnitsky Act are not going away any time soon. Congress will not drop the subject, and the White House is not willing to take any risks that might be involved in removing this irritant to U.S.-Russian relations

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