US State department reportedly revokes visa of Magnitsky Act campaigner

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“The State Department has reportedly revoked a visa for British citizen Bill Browder, a hedge-fund manager-turned human-rights activist responsible for the Magnitsky Act. The 2012 U.S. law is aimed at punishing Russian officials believed responsible for the death in a Moscow prison of Sergei Magnitsky, who was allegedly beaten and denied medical care. The cancelling of Browder’s visa came on the same day that the Kremlin issued yet another international arrest warrant for him via Interpol. … Euobserver writes that, as in the previous four ‘Red Notices’ rejected by Interpol, the latest such notice exploits a loophole called a ‘diffusion notice.’ According to the websites: ‘Interpol rejected them all on grounds that they were politically motivated, but Interpol member states can file diffusions without any oversight. The diffusions, which are circulated to all members, often stay in national police databases even if Interpol later deletes them from its central system.'” (10/23/17)