Sergei Magnitsky was a tax lawyer and auditor.

He died eleven years ago today, on November 16, 2009, tortured, beaten, and denied medical treatment, in a Russian prison.

His crime was upholding the law, and pursuing corruption to the tne of 5.4 billion rubles ($230 million), stolen by Russian Interior Ministry officials from his client, the Hermitage Fund.

Magnitsky's client, Bill Browder:

Sergei believed in the law.

He knew right from wrong and he was willing to stand up for the things he believed in. When Sergei discovered that senior Interior Ministry officers had stolen the investment companies of his client, the Hermitage Fund, and then went on to rob the Russian treasury of 5.4 billion rubles ($230 million), the proper course of action was obvious to him. Sergei immediately decided to testify against those corrupt officials.

In December 2012, the United States passed the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, which imposes visa sanctions and asset freezes on those involved in Sergei’s arrest, torture and death, as well as other gross human rights abusers.

The incoming US administration should make full use of this act against Magnitsky's muderers.

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