A Magnitsky law for Europe

An editorial in The Financial Times argues that the US Magnitsky law is a pro-Russian, not anti-Russian, act. Indeed, it targets specific officials accused of stealing from the Russian budget. The article says that for the Magnitsky measures to have a maximum impact, Europe show follow suit. Most effective of all would be an EU-wide visa ban and asset freeze. This could be adopted relatively easily, given sufficient political will, in a decision by its Council of Ministers – as has been done with officials from Belarus.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013