House Panel Advances Bill to Sanction Individuals for Death of Moscow Attorney

By Colby Adams

A House panel Thursday advanced sanctions legislation that would blacklist individuals deemed responsible for the detention and death of a Moscow attorney who uncovered an alleged tax fraud scheme. Under the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, introduced in April by Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), the White House would compose within four months a list of persons responsible for the torture and November 2009 death of Sergei Magnitsky. The list, which would include other human rights violators, would be submitted to Congress annually. Financial institutions would be required to freeze the accounts of anyone on the list, and to...