The U.S Treasury Department reported that five additional people have been placed on the Magnitsky sanctions list. A Sevastopol native and former Deputy Interior Minister of Russia, Alex Anichin, as well as Yevgeny Antonov, Boris Kibis, Pavel Lapshov and Oleg Urzumtsev (all citizens of the Russian Federation) were added to the list.
The US State Department has clarified that the Russians were included to the Magnistky list on the basis of reliable information concerning human rights violations. Alex Anichin is the former head of the Investigation Committee of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia. In 2010, the US accused him of the organization and persecution which brought about the death of Sergei Magnitsky.
The State Department indicated that all these people are prohibited from entering the US; all their assets in the country will be frozen and American citizens are prohibited from having any business contacts with them.
On the 6th of December, the US Senate adopted a law imposing sanctions against Russian officials who were involved in the death of Mr. Magnitsky. Magnitsky revealed the fraudulent theft of funds from the budget by tax service officials and members of the investigation department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
Sergei Magnitsky was killed in the Matrosskaya Tishina prison’s medical unit as a result of deliberate medical neglect in 2009. In August 2015, the US Ministry of Finance imposed sanctions against 11 individuals and 15 legal entities in Russia. Currently, the list includes 39 people.