Ros-Lehtinen Encouraged By Latest Magnitsky Sanctions Against Russian Human Rights Abusers, Including Thug Responsible For Anti-LGBT Crackdown In Chechnya, Other Offenses

Dec 20, 2017

Ros-Lehtinen Encouraged By Latest Magnitsky Sanctions Against Russian Human Rights Abusers, Including Thug Responsible For Anti-LGBT Crackdown In Chechnya, Other Offenses

“As the Putin regime continues to tighten its control over Russian society, I urge the administration to sanction every Russian official responsible for these human rights abuses, including by adding all the names that I submitted in 2014”

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman Emeritus of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, made the following statement today after the Department of State and Treasury Department announced the addition of five names to the Magnitsky list, including Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov. Rep. Ros-Lehtinen has repeatedly submitted a list of names to the administration for inclusion on the Magnitsky list. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“I’m encouraged that the administration has added five more individuals to the Magnitsky list, including the Chechen thugs Kadyrov and his crony Ayub Kataev who are responsible for abducting, detaining, torturing and even killing members of the Chechen LGBT community, amongst their many other violations of human rights. When the House passed my resolution in June calling attention to these crimes against LGBT individuals, we sent a clear message condemning this violence and urged the administration to identify the perpetrators and impose the sanctions announced today.

“I’ve repeatedly provided names of Russian human rights abusers to the administration and, though none were included in today’s announcement, I’ll continue to urge their addition to the Magnitsky list. From restricting freedom of expression to suppressing civil society to persecuting minority groups, the Putin dictatorship has been brutally undermining the Russian people’s human rights for years and must be held accountable. As the Putin regime continues to tighten its control over Russian society, I urge the administration to sanction every Russian official responsible for these human rights abuses, including by adding all the names that I submitted in 2014.”    

NOTE: The Magnitsky list was established by the Magnitsky Act of 2012 which provided the administration with authority to sanction Russian officials responsible for human rights abuses. It was named after Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky who was imprisoned by Russian authorities after he began investigating a large fraud scheme that involved Russian tax officials. Magnitsky was thrown into the notorious Butyrka prison where he was held for over 11 months without trial and was beaten, tortured and denied much needed medical treatment and subsequently died in custody as a result of his harsh treatment. To see the names of the Russian officials Ros-Lehtinen submitted to State and Treasury please click here.

H.Res.351 – Condemning the violence and persecution in Chechnya – authored by Rep. Ros-Lehtinen and Chairman Ed Royce and Ranking Member Eliot Engel of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, passed unanimously in the House of Representatives on June 27, 2017. Full text of the Resolution can be found here.