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Russia Update: February 2, 2016
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
US State Department Publishes Additional Names of Russian Officials Involved in Magnitsky's Death
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Yesterday, February 1, based on a Bloomberg report in the morning, we reported that the State Department had delayed the publication of an additional five names to the Magnitsky List of officials responsible for the death of whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky and other severe human rights violations.

Yesterday afternoon, the US Treasury Department published the five names:

ANICHIN, Aleksey Vasilyevich (a.k.a. ANICHIN, Alexei Vasilievich); DOB 01 Dec 1949; POB Sevastopol, Ukraine (individual) [MAGNIT].

ANTONOV, Yevgeni Yuvenalievich; DOB 1955; nationality Russia (individual) [MAGNIT].

KIBIS, Boris Borisovich; DOB 20 Nov 1977; nationality Russia (individual) [MAGNIT].

LAPSHOV, Pavel Vladimirovich; DOB 07 Jul 1976; nationality Russia (individual) [MAGNIT].

URZHUMTSEV, Oleg Vyacheslavovich; DOB 22 Oct 1968; citizen Russia (individual) [MAGNIT].

Four of the officials were involved in the death in prison of Magnitsky.  Boris Kibis, Interior Ministry investigator, was included for his role in the preposterous trial of Magnitsky posthumously. Oleg Urzhumtsev, previously included in the EU's Magnitsky Sanctions List, was also involved in the posthumous trial. 

A State Department official told Reuters that Anichin was head of the Interior Ministry's Investigative Committee, and authorized the criminal case under which Magnitsky was arrested; he has been defiant about inclusion in the sanctions' list.

Lapshov was head of the Russian Interior Ministry's investigative department of organized criminal activity and responsible for Magnitsky's case.

Yevgeni Antonov ran a prison in Chechnya notorious for its abuses, the State Department said.

Reuters further reported:

Monday's addition to the list raises the number of people sanctioned under the 2012 law to 39, State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement.

Though few if any assets have been frozen as a result of the designations, the actions "show the operational level of Russian officials that they can and will be held personally accountable for just following orders," the State Department official said.

As a result of inclusion in the list, in addition to the assets freeze, the five are also banned from obtaining a US visa.

The addition of the names was welcomed by Hermitage Capital Management CEO William Browder who has campaigned extensively for his colleague Magnitsky, but it was tempered by the extent of  many others involved: 

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick