Why the Magnitsky Act Is Pro-Russian

In an opinion editorial in The Moscow Times writer and journalist Victor Davidoff says the Magnitsky Act is pro-Russian due to the real dilemma it poses the country's leaders. It is impossible to combine membership in the private club of civilised countries with an archaic dictatorial regime that does not respect the rule of law or protect its citizens' property rights, freedom or even their lives. The country must either return to democratic governance or close itself off from the outside world by limiting information and the freedom to emigrate - or "re-Sovietise" the country, as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton once put it.

Monday, December 10, 2012