The Lithuanian Parliament or Seimas has decided to add 44 names to the list of individuals banned from the country under the law known as the Magnitsky Act, Diena newspaper reports.
The decision was adopted by the majority vote of 82 out of 83 members of Parliament. One member abstained from the vote.
“By this decision I am calling on the government to put on the black list individuals who were closely involved in the murder of Sergei Magnitsky. This will make our Magnitsky list complete,” Gabrielyus Landsbergis, leader of the Lithuanian conservative party the Homeland Union, said.
The expanded list proposed by the Lithuanian Seimas consists mostly of citizens of Russia including Chairman of the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office’s Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin, Deputy Chairperson of the Russian Interior Ministry’s Investigative Committee, Major General Oleg Logunov, judges Elena Stashina, Aleksey Krivoruchko, Svetlana Ukhnaleva, Sergei Podoprigorov and other.
At the same time, Juozas Bernatonis, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs, said that all the enlisted individuals had already been on the Lithuanian entry ban list.
As it was earlier reported, on November 16, the Parliament of Lithuania adopted a law known as the Magnitsky Act that bans entry to individuals involved in large-scale fraud, corruption, money laundering and crimes against human rights.
Lithuania became the fourth country in the world that adopted the Magnitsky Act.
The Magnitsky Act named after Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian accountant who died in prison in Moscow, was first adopted in 2012 by Washington authorities to punish Russian officials who were found guilty of numerous crimes against human rights. The United States banned the individuals from the country and blocked their assets. Currently the Magnitsky list holds over 40 names.