Tag Archives: the Magnitsky bill

Jackson-Vanik Forever?

(This piece originally appeared on Russia Beyond the Headlines) On Aug. 22, Russia will officially become the 156th member of the World Trade Organization, finally concluding its bumpy, 18-year-long journey to membership in the world’s largest trade body. By accepting the WTO … Continue reading

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It’s time for Congress to wise up (re: Magnitsky)

Today, U.S. Senate Finance Committee will consider a bill that would establish permanent normal trade relations (PNTP) with Russia and also graduate Russia from the 1974 Jackson-Vanik amendment. Introducing the PNTP bill, the Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) pointed out … Continue reading

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Undivided attention

On November 16, 2009, Sergei Magnitsky, an auditor for the investment fund Hermitage Capital Management, died under suspicious, and not yet fully understood, circumstances in a Moscow prison. Reacting to this tragic event, Russia’s then president Dmitry Medvedev fired 20 senior prison … Continue reading

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Suggested listing

A Russian version of this piece was published by Комсомольская Правда (June 27, 2012) A piece of legislation, the Magnitsky bill, is steadily moving through the bowels of U.S. Congress. It bears the name of Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian tax … Continue reading

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Will the Magnitsky bill “replace” the Jackson-Vanik amendment?

(This piece originally appeared on Russia Beyond the Headlines) A piece of legislation is moving through the U.S. Congress. If adopted, it’s likely to further damage U.S.-Russia relations and, as some analysts predict, may even serve as the fatal blow … Continue reading

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Business to the (late) rescue?

Last Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Relations Committee approved the so-called Magnitsky Bill (H.R. 4405), a piece of legislation that would impose visa bans and asset freezes on Russian officials involved in “gross human rights violations in Russia.” … Continue reading

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S. 1039 (and H.R. 4405)

(This piece originally appeared on Russia Beyond the Headlines) I wonder how many members of the U.S. Congress have heard of Adam Montoya. In 2009, Montoya was sentenced to a prison term for counterfeiting commercial checks and credits cards. Shortly … Continue reading

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