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British MPs back UK asset freeze for human rights abusers


© Hermitage/AFP | Sergei Magnitsky — Magnitsky died in prison after revealing fraud by state officials

LONDON (AFP) – British lawmakers have tabled a change in the law to enable the government to freeze British assets of international human rights abusers, following a campaign in memory of late Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. 301 more words

Marcus Kolga: Canada aids Russian corruption in refusing to adopt a Magnitsky law

Seven years ago this week, a Russian lawyer who had discovered that Kremlin officials had stolen $230 million from the Russian treasury, lay beaten and lifeless on the cold and filthy floor of Moscow’s Matrosskaya Tishina prison. 759 more words

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Red Notice (Memoir, Recommended)

Red Notice by Bill Browder

Financial wunderkind battles corruption in Putin’s Russia. Superfluous autobiographical details.

Kelly McParland: Stephane Dion operates in a world of polite gatherings and unrocked boats

Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion has been invited to a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council, which comprises Gulf states maintaining relatively friendly relations with the West. 836 more words

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Winter is Coming: Book Review

By David Michael Newstead.

Winter is Coming is a call to action by chess champion Garry Kasparov. As a prominent opposition activist and former presidential candidate, Kasparov has unique insights into Russian politics and a bitter disdain for the Putin regime, calling Vladimir Putin a “shadow of a man”. 272 more words