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Sergei Magnitsky

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Dominic Raab Dominic Raab Conservative, Esher and Walton

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has given any consideration to bringing forward proposals similar to the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act proposed in the US Congress.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

We are aware of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, introduced to the US Congress in 2011, which, if passed, would see sanctions imposed on Russian officials allegedly responsible for the detention, abuse, or death of Sergei Magnitsky.

The Immigration Rules enable us to refuse a visa where, for example, information on an individual's character, conduct or associations makes entry to the UK undesirable. However, the UK has a long established practice of not commenting routinely on individual visa cases.

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