Australia's first Magnitsky-style sanctions

  • Statement
29 March 2022

Today I announce the first set of Australian Magnitsky-style listings under the Morrison Government’s thematic sanctions framework, targeting Russian individuals responsible for the corruption that Sergei Magnitsky uncovered and those complicit in his subsequent mistreatment and death.

Mr Magnitsky, a Ukrainian-born Russian lawyer and tax advisor, uncovered widespread corruption by Russian tax and law enforcement officials. He was imprisoned and mistreated, and died in custody in November 2009, after being refused medical treatment.

In this first tranche, the Government will honour Mr Magnitsky and all who defend the rule of law, with targeted sanctions and travel bans against 14 Russian individuals responsible for the serious corruption that he exposed and a further 25 Russian perpetrators and accomplices of his abuse and death.

These individuals will be subject to targeted financial sanctions, including asset freezes and travel bans. This will ensure that Australia does not become a safe haven for those already locked out of like-minded countries and their financial systems.

Mr Magnitsky’s case inspired an international movement of sanctions laws to hold those responsible for his death to account, and to enable sanctions to be applied to other perpetrators of serious human rights violations and abuses, wherever they occur in the world.

This is the first of what will be ongoing sanctions using the Magnitsky-style reforms we passed in December.

For further information on the new thematic sanctions frameworks, and details on the individuals newly listed, please visit: Australia and sanctions | Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (dfat.gov.au)

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