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Russia's 'blackmail' of Ireland over Sergei Magnitsky case


darkknight

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Russian ‘blackmailing’ of Ireland ‘unacceptable’, says EU group leader

This dispute was sparked by FF Senator Jim Walsh's motion before the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs to have Russian officials involved in the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky named and sanctioned (assets frozen and future visas denied).



Mr. Magnitsky, aged 37, died after almost a year in custody. He was held in squalid conditions, and denied medical treatment in spite of his deteriorating health. He had been arrested and jailed after denouncing high-level corruption.

Russian Ambassador Maxm Reshkov wrote to the Oireachtas Committee, warning them to back off or risk torpedoing negotiations on an adoption agreement between Russia and Ireland.

FG's Bernard Durkan introduced an amendment, whereby the proposed sanctions would be dropped. FG's Olivia Mitchell said that we “shouldn’t go out of our way to cause offence”.

Senator Walsh says the Russian warning amounts to intimidation and believes that Ireland should stand firm.

He now has the backing of former Belgian PM, and current Head of EU Liberal group, Guy Verhofstadt.

I hope Ireland refuses to be intimidated by the bully-boy Ambassador and his masters in Moscow.


more on Sergei Magnitsky: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_Magnitsky#Illness_and_death
 

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Russian ‘blackmailing’ of Ireland ‘unacceptable’, says EU group leader

This dispute was sparked by FF Senator Jim Walsh's motion before the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs to have Russian officials involved in the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky named and sanctioned (assets frozen and future visas denied).

Mr. Magnitsky, aged 37, died after almost a year in custody. He was held in squalid conditions, and denied medical treatment in spite of his deteriorating health. He had been arrested and jailed after denouncing high-level corruption.

Russian Ambassador Maxm Reshkov wrote to the Oireachtas Committee, warning them to back off or risk torpedoing negotiations on an adoption agreement between Russia and Ireland.

FG's Bernard Durkan introduced an amendment, whereby the proposed sanctions would be dropped. FG's Olivia Mitchell said that we “shouldn’t go out of our way to cause offence”.
Senator Walsh says the Russian warning amounts to intimidation and believes that Ireland should stand firm.

He now has the backing of former Belgian PM, and current Head of EU Liberal group, Guy Verhofstadt.

I hope Ireland refuses to be intimidated by the bully-boy Ambassador and his masters in Moscow.
Sums up our politicians
 

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"In order for evil to flourish, all that is required is for good men to do nothing."--Edmund Burke.
 

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Sergei Magnitsky's posthumous trial gets under way in Russia



The posthumous trial of lawyer and whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky got under way in Moscow on Friday after repeated delays. Against the backdrop of an empty defendant's cage, judge Igor Alisov brushed aside objections from defence lawyers, who argued that the macabre proceedings were a violation of the Russian constitution.

Magnitsky is accused of co-operating with his employer and co-defendant, London-based investor William Browder, to defraud the Russian state of millions of dollars in unpaid taxes – charges which friends and family say are fabricated.

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Magnitsky died in a Russian prison in 2009 after reporting to the authorities a $230m (£151m) tax fraud carried out by officials on Browder's firm Hermitage Capital. The Kremlin's human rights commission later found signs he had been badly beaten shortly before his death.
 

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Russian ‘blackmailing’ of Ireland ‘unacceptable’, says EU group leader

This dispute was sparked by FF Senator Jim Walsh's motion before the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs to have Russian officials involved in the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky named and sanctioned (assets frozen and future visas denied).



Mr. Magnitsky, aged 37, died after almost a year in custody. He was held in squalid conditions, and denied medical treatment in spite of his deteriorating health. He had been arrested and jailed after denouncing high-level corruption.

Russian Ambassador Maxm Reshkov wrote to the Oireachtas Committee, warning them to back off or risk torpedoing negotiations on an adoption agreement between Russia and Ireland.

FG's Bernard Durkan introduced an amendment, whereby the proposed sanctions would be dropped. FG's Olivia Mitchell said that we “shouldn’t go out of our way to cause offence”.

Senator Walsh says the Russian warning amounts to intimidation and believes that Ireland should stand firm.

He now has the backing of former Belgian PM, and current Head of EU Liberal group, Guy Verhofstadt.

I hope Ireland refuses to be intimidated by the bully-boy Ambassador and his masters in Moscow.


more on Sergei Magnitsky: Sergei Magnitsky - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It is not often I praise FFers but well done Senator Walsh and the comment from Mitchell is shameful.
 

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Russian Ambassador Maxm Reshkov wrote to the Oireachtas Committee, warning them to back off or risk torpedoing negotiations on an adoption agreement between Russia and Ireland.
That's fairly bad in fairness, by all means address or reject the criticism, but to haul in some completely unrelated issue and threaten Irish people who may be hoping to see an adoption agreement is very poor.
 

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That's fairly bad in fairness, by all means address or reject the criticism, but to haul in some completely unrelated issue and threaten Irish people who may be hoping to see an adoption agreement is very poor.
Shocking and those subservient reps will back down alright.
 

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Shocking and those subservient reps will back down alright.
I guess there is an element of realpolitik about it. Ireland jumping up and down won't make much of a difference, while it's nice to talk about doing the right thing the harsh reality is that here there will probably be more interest in the adoption issue over this and the Government may feel they cannot jeopardise the former. It is easier for a FF Senator to press the issue than a Government rep.
 

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Putin's Russia is the Soviet Union reborn. Make no mistake about it the Cold War has returned and Russia has once again renewed its ideological battle with the west. The Russian threat is real, and only a fool would ignore it. We cannot rely on the United States forever. Europe needs to unify now, militarily and politically and stand up to the Russian menace.
 

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BBC: "Q&A: The Magnitsky affair"]Q&A: The Magnitsky affair



Mr Magnitsky is said to have died of acute heart failure and toxic shock, caused by untreated pancreatitis.

An investigation by Russia's Presidential Human Rights Council also found that he had been severely beaten - an allegation made by his family too.

Mr Browder has alleged that Mr Magnitsky was subjected to torture and beatings in prison.
Justice for Sergei

[video=youtube;x6PQNFcog3s]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6PQNFcog3s[/video]
 

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Russian ‘blackmailing’ of Ireland ‘unacceptable’, says EU group leader

This dispute was sparked by FF Senator Jim Walsh's motion before the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs to have Russian officials involved in the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky named and sanctioned (assets frozen and future visas denied).



Mr. Magnitsky, aged 37, died after almost a year in custody. He was held in squalid conditions, and denied medical treatment in spite of his deteriorating health. He had been arrested and jailed after denouncing high-level corruption.

Russian Ambassador Maxm Reshkov wrote to the Oireachtas Committee, warning them to back off or risk torpedoing negotiations on an adoption agreement between Russia and Ireland.

FG's Bernard Durkan introduced an amendment, whereby the proposed sanctions would be dropped. FG's Olivia Mitchell said that we “shouldn’t go out of our way to cause offence”.

Senator Walsh says the Russian warning amounts to intimidation and believes that Ireland should stand firm.

He now has the backing of former Belgian PM, and current Head of EU Liberal group, Guy Verhofstadt.

I hope Ireland refuses to be intimidated by the bully-boy Ambassador and his masters in Moscow.


more on Sergei Magnitsky: Sergei Magnitsky - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
not much of a threat really is it, denying a few middle class couples the chance to adopt russian orphans

we're quaking in our boots
 

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not much of a threat really is it, denying a few middle class couples the chance to adopt russian orphans

we're quaking in our boots
One can be dismissive about any topic.

Did you sort out that one about the kerbstones in NI being painted? Oooooooo I bet the Loyalists painters were quaking in their boots.
 

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One can be dismissive about any topic.

Did you sort out that one about the kerbstones in NI being painted? Oooooooo I bet the Loyalists painters were quaking in their boots.
one can be dismissive if the threat is not particularly threatening

why you have made reference to loyalist child abusers, I have no idea

however, considering their past history outside the holy cross school, one would not treat them with such flippancy
 

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maybe they should do the same with the
usa where over 100 prisoners at gitmo have
been held without trial for decade, gilmore
wouldnt have though we all know how he loves
the yanks so much
 

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Didn't Russia send a carrier group to conduct exercises just off the west coast a couple of years back to intimidate the EU?
 

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the russian menace, what a joke ren84, i think
u will find most wars and uprisings are started
by the us, uk, and france, the true axis of evil.
thank got for russia and china or they would be
picking off more countries
 

P Ryan

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the russian menace, what a joke ren84, i think
u will find most wars and uprisings are started
by the us, uk, and france, the true axis of evil.
thank got for russia and china or they would be
picking off more countries
I agree with you about the French being evil, never trusted those garlic chomping cheese eating gauls ;)
 

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Financial Times: Moscow uses Irish adoption threat to block use of Magnitsky list

... The warning to Ireland, in a letter from Russia’s ambassador to the parliament’s foreign affairs and trade committee, is the first time Moscow has threatened similar action against another country [besides the U.S.].

It appears designed to head off attempts to persuade other EU states to adopt Magnitsky measures. Ireland holds the EU presidency, and a draft motion before the committee last month called on the government to use that role “to impose EU-wide visa sanctions”.

New York Times: Russia Using Adoption Leverage in Ireland

MOSCOW – The Russian government has warned in a letter to Ireland’s Parliament that it may halt negotiations on an agreement for cross-border adoptions if an Irish parliamentary committee approves a resolution critical of rights abuses in Russia.

The letter signals Russia is ready to wield adoption policies as leverage to discourage Western criticism of human rights abuses in Russia with countries other than the United States, where an adoption ban took effect late last year. ...
 
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