Unsatisfactory Parliamentary reply on the imprisonment of Vladimir Kara-Murza demonstrates why we need Parliamentary oversight of Magnitsky Sanctions – which are not applied in a systematic way.

Dec 2, 2022 | News

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (HL3490):

Question by Lord ALTON of Liverpool
To ask His Majesty’s Government whether they plan to impose the Magnitsky sanctions on those responsible for the arrest of Vladimir Kara-Murza. (HL3490) 

Tabled on: 17 November 2022

This question was grouped with the following question(s) for answer:

  1. To ask His Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Russia concerning the imprisonment of British citizen, Vladimir Kara-Murza, in Russia. (HL3489) 
    Tabled on: 17 November 2022 

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: m

British Embassy officials have attended Vladimir Kara-Murza’s court hearings with other international partners, the last hearing being 24 October. We remain vigilant to attempts by the Russian Government to exclude diplomats from future court hearings following Mr Kara-Murza’s additional treason charge. Our Ambassador in Moscow raised the issue of consular access with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In May, the Foreign Secretary met Mr Kara-Murza’s wife, in his previous role as Minister for Europe, and emphasised his determination to continue raising Mr Kara-Murza’s case at multilateral fora, including the OSCE. We note the Canadian Government’s sanctions relating to Mr Kara-Murza. We do not comment on future sanctions designations.

Date and time of answer: 01 Dec 2022 at 15:06.

Lord David Alton

For 18 years David Alton was a Member of the House of Commons and today he is an Independent Crossbench Life Peer in the UK House of Lords.

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