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On the Magnitsky case

1. The Main Investigation Directorate of the Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation has completed the investigation of the criminal case in relation to two staff members of the Butyrskaya pre-trial detention centre – the physician who treated Sergey Magnitsky and the Deputy Warden for Medical and Preventive Treatment. In accordance with their respective roles, they were charged with crimes stipulated in para 2 Article 109 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Negligent homicide owing to the improper discharge by a person of his/her professional duties) and para 2 Article 293 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Neglegence).

According to the procedural materials, the physician repeatedly ignored numerous health complaints of Sergey Magnitsky, failed to conduct diagnosis and prescribe necessary treatment. In his turn, the Deputy Warden failed to monitor the actions of the medical staff and failed to pay proper attention to requests of the patient. Sergey Magnitsky died of acute heart failure resulting from his severe medical condition.

At present, the investigation of the mentioned criminal case in relation to the two staff members of the pre-trial detention centre has been completed. Since October 2011, the injured party and their representatives have been being familiarized with materials of the case and this work is still under way. It is being planned that a bill of indictment will soon be submitted for signing followed by its referral to the court.

Yet taking into consideration the inquiries of the injured party and their representatives, the Investigation Committee has decided to initiate an expert investigation within the framework of the inquest into the death of Sergey Magnitsky. The investigation is to establish whether the circumstances of Mr Magnitsky’s confinement may be viewed as torture in terms of criminal law. Besides that, it is also necessary to verify the materials obtained from the Council for Civil Society Institutions and Human Rights under the President of the Russian Federation in December 2011 containing arguments made by NGOs concerning indications of other crimes allegedly committed by officials in relation to Sergey Magnitsky’s death, both in the process of his prosecution and on the day of his death at the Matrosskaya Tishina detention facility. For these reasons, the period of investigation carried out by the Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation has been prolonged till 24 April 2012.

It is worth mentioning that, considering this tragic event and other similar facts, a number of amendments have been introduced into the Russian legislation in order to limit instances of imprisonment of persons who are accused of crimes in the sphere of entrepreneurial activity. A list of medical conditions providing relief from imprisonment has been officially enacted, and procedures of independent medical commissions assessing the state of health of persons kept under arrest have been prescribed.

2. In accordance with general rules of the Russian penal legislation, a criminal investigation is discontinued in case of death of the accused person.

However, the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation has recently decided that such a criminal investigation may be resumed or continued in case the person’s relatives insist on his posthumous rehabilitation. According to the information available, this is precisely what the mother of Sergey Magnitsky and his advocates insist on.

In this connection, the court is the only authority to decide on rehabilitation of Sergey Magnitsky or discontinuation of this criminal case “on account of the death of the defendant”. Russian law does not envisage conviction of a deceased person.

Thus, allegations of a posthumous prosecution of Sergey Magnitsky spread by the Hermitage Capital investment fund and some international organizations have no legal grounds.


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The Foreign Office made two misleading statements to the Daily Telegraph. It says that "visas for diplomats posted to the Russian Embassy in London are issued in line with arrangements agreed with Russia". The fact is that the bilateral memorandum in force between the two countries on visa issues of 1989 provides for visas for staff members of diplomatic missions to be issued within thirty days. It is not observed by the British side, the average waiting time reaching 5 and a half months.

06.08.2015 - Soviet documents on the US nuclear bombing of Hiroshima.

On the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima nuclear bombing the Russian Historical Society has published a report by Soviet Embassy on the consequences of the A-bomb.

05.08.2015 - Comment by press-secretary of the Embassy on a Russian citizen detention in a London airport

The Embassy has received information from a Russian citizen who, having read our travel advice of 3 August, 2015, has told us about her recent experience in a London airport, previously unknown to the Embassy. The Russian national was detained by the immigration authorities before crossing the border controls. The Home Office Border Force took interest in additional information regarding the purpose of visit of the Russian citizen, knowledge of Arabic and whether or not she visited Arab countries.

13.07.2015 - On the closure of “Rossiya Segodnya” bank account

Concerned over the closure of the bank account of “Rossiya Segodnya” news agency office in London at “Barclays” bank.

29.06.2015 - Book of condolences opened at the Embassy

Following the passing away of former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov a formal book of condolences has been opened at the Embassy. The book of condolences will be open on the 29th June 2015 from 14:00 to 17:00 and on the 30th June from 09:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 17:00 at the Embassy of the Russian Federation at 6/7 Kensington Palace Gardens, W8 4QP.

29.06.2015 - Funeral ceremony for Yevgeny Primakov

Vladimir Putin visited the Hall of Columns at the House of Unions, where a funeral ceremony is taking place for Yevgeny Primakov.

29.06.2015 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s welcome address to the participants and guests of the 13th Conference of Russian and German Sister Cities

I welcome the participants and guests of the 13th Conference of Russian and German Sister Cities, which marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

29.06.2015 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the results of the NATO defence ministers’ meeting

The results of the June 24-25 meeting of the NATO defence ministers in Brussels have, unfortunately, confirmed that the alliance still seeks to achieve military-political domination in Europe, as indicated by the decisions of the September 2014 NATO Wales summit.

29.06.2015 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the terrorist act in Tunisia

The media reports that, on June 26, armed terrorists opened fire at tourists on the beach of the Riu Imperial Marhaba and Soviva hotels at the Port El Kantaoui tourist resort near the city of Sousse.

29.06.2015 - Press release on the death of Yevgeny Primakov (June 26, 2015)

The Foreign Ministry’s leadership and personnel have learned with great sorrow about the death of an outstanding political, government and public figure of our time, former Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov, who served in 1996-1998.

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