What Canadians need to know about Sergei Magnitsky

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What Canadians need to know about Sergei Magnitsky

Eurasia is now the enemy. Eurasia has always been the enemy.

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Billyward wrote:

Following is a link giving an excellent perspective on the Maginsky case and its political and geopolitical implications.  A key element is the film by Andrei Nekrasov, The Magnitsky Act. Behind  the scenes; a film banned in the West but according to many who have seen it an authoritative version of events.

Apparently, the Empire is so incompetent it can't even get this "banning" to cover Washington DC... 

WASHINGTON — Six years after his mysterious death in a Moscow prison cell, Sergei L. Magnitsky has become a byword for brutality in PresidentVladimir V. Putin’s Russia. Now, a documentary film that paints Mr. Magnitsky as an accomplice rather than a victim is generating a furor, with critics trying to block a screening of it next week in Washington.

Screenings of the film, “The Magnitsky Act — Behind the Scenes,” have been canceled in Europe after threats of libel suits from William F. Browder, an American-born financier who fell afoul of the Russian government and hired Mr. Magnitsky, a lawyer and auditor, to investigate a vast tax fraud scheme after the government seized three of his Russian subsidiaries.

“The Magnitsky Act” is to be screened on Monday at the Newseum, a private museum dedicated to the news industry. Lawyers for Mr. Browder and Mr. Magnitsky’s mother, Natalia Magnitskaya, sent a letter to the Newseum this week demanding that it call off the event. After a conference call on Thursday, the museum’s management refused.

“We stand for free speech and free expression,” said Scott Williams, the chief operating officer of the Newseum. “We’re not going to allow them not to show the film.” He noted that the museum was not sponsoring the screening, but merely renting out its theater. “We often have people renting for events that other people would love not to have happen,” he said.

Screenings were apparently canceled in Europe, after threats of libel action, but that's considerably less sensational than saying it was "banned in the west", since most reasonable people favour at least a modicum of legal protection from libel, and "ban" is usually meant to imply direct suppression by the state(which I'm pretty sure is why Billyard used that word.) 

But I'm glad to see the "anti-Russophobia" crowd has inherited the marketing tactics of 1970s pornographers. "BANNED IN 17 COUNTRIES!" is what I used to see on Edmonton Journal ads for Dracula Sucks and similar material, circa 1979. 





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Full disclosure: 

I've read Browder's book Red Notice. It's interesting enough, but you really can't avoid the feeling that you're only getting one side of the story. And it's hard to be 100% sympathetic to a guy(Browder), who apparently made a living going to a foreign country and buying up privatized businesses at what he himself admits were ridiculously undervalued prices. Regardless of what you think about the Russian government, that kind of activity is definitely going to put you on somebody's radar. 

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And just to confirm(since the NYT article was written before the scheduled date), the screening did go ahead...