WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has slapped sanctions on another five Russians for human rights violations under a 2012 U.S. law named for Russian whistle-blower Sergei Magnitsky.
The State and Treasury departments announced Monday that there are now 39 people subject to the sanctions, which include travel bans and the freezing of assets in U.S. jurisdictions.
Magnitsky was a Russian lawyer who alleged in 2008 that organized criminals colluded with a Russian government official to claim a fraudulent $230 million tax rebate. He was arrested on tax-evasion charges and died in prison in 2009 at age 37, allegedly after being beaten and denied medical treatment.
His death prompted widespread criticism from human rights activists and spurred U.S. and European efforts to punish Russian officials complicit in human rights abuses.