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Valery Borschyov: Sergei Magnitsky died because he was severly beaten

Press Release
July 5, 2011

A meeting of Presidential Council on Human Rights and Civil Society Development will take place in Stavropol today. The President will receive a report on the investigation of the circumstances of death in prison of Sergei Magnitsky, lawyer of Hermitage Capital Foundation. Valery Borschyov, YABLOKOs Bureau member and Chair of the Permanent Chamber on Human Rights of the Political Consultative Council under President of Russia, conducted independent investigation of the death of Sergei Magnitsky and participated in the preparation of the report.

The first report on the Magnitsky case was prepared in 2009, however, it did not get the expected reaction then. There were only words that Magnitsky had died due a heart disease, Borschyov noted.

"In our report to the President we write that Magnitsky died because he had been severly beaten. It is our version. And it was a torture," he stressed.

I was several times present at the interrogations and also gave my testimony. We were concerned by the fact that investigator Oleg Silchenko was left outside the case, however, he had been bearing the main responsibility for unlawful arrest and tortures of Sergei Magnitsky. We have been seeking a thorough investigation of the case, and the Investigation Committee had to admit that a fact of not providing medical care to Magnitsky had taken place", Borschyov said.

The report also contains a proposal to stop interference of the Federal Penitentiary Service into medical care in prisons, any possibility of pressure on physicians should be ruled out, he noted.

"We believe it is necessary to transfer medical service in prisons under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health. The Ministry of Health, certainly, does not express much enthusiasm about this, although until 1932 medical service in prisons had been independent and had not been part of the Federal Penitentiary system, Borschyov added.

According to Borschyov, death rate in Moscow remand prisons has risen by 12 percent for the past year. "Certainly, a political will is required so that to bring medical service in prisons out of the Federal Penitentiary Service jurisdiction. I am sure that our President will read our report very carefully. The authorities have underestimated the position of the European community, and the resolution on the case by the Parliament of the Netherlands will be followed by corresponding resolutions from parliaments of other countries, he added.

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Press Release
July 5, 2011

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