Kenneth Rijock

Kenneth Rijock

Saturday, November 12, 2011

US SENATORS ASK THAT TWO RUSSIAN GENERALS BE BARRED FROM THE US

PEPs involved in corruption often find themselves the target of US or UK sanctions, particularly efforts to deny them entry into Western countries, regardless of the official purpose of their visits.

United States Senators Benjamin Cardin and Roger Wicker have asked the State Department to bar two Russian generals from visiting America. Generals Tatiana Gerasimova and Nikolai Shelepanov are  believed to have been involved in the torture, death, and subsequent cover up, in the case of Russian anti-corruption attorney Sergei Magnitsky. Regular readers of this column are aware of the scandal, and fallout in the US, surrounding the whistle blower lawyer's death in custody*, in the Hermitage Capital Management fraud.

The two generals are coming to the United States to discuss the Russian government's lack of enforcement of intellectual property rights. There is a bill pending in the US Senate to ban visas, and to freeze the assets, of the sixty Russian officials linked to the case.
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*US implements Visa Ban on 60 Russian PEPs for Corruption and Death of Lawyer,  World-Check 27 July, 2011.

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