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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_...ness_and_death

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkknight View Post
    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.
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    "In order for evil to flourish, all that is required is for good men to do nothing."--Edmund Burke.
    Boycott the "Irish" Sun rag.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by darkknight View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by darkknight View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by NewGoldDream View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by ruserious View Post
    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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