The murder of Sergei Magnitsky and passing of the US “Magnitsky Act” is a big deal in Russia. Putin has personally discussed rescinding the Magnitsky act with Trump, who refused. Magnitsky died under mysterious and highly suspect conditions in a Russian prison, seven days before his mandatory release. Now the writer of a play and her husband, the director of the same play, which is highly embarrassing to the kleptocracy of the Russian government are dead. Shades of Colonel Skripal and his daughter, most likely by Russian “special services”.
Retweeted Bill Browder (@Billbrowder):
BREAKING: Elena Gremina, writer of play One Hour Eighteen Minutes about the murder of Sergei Magnitsky, was found dead in Moscow at the age of 61. This is 6 weeks after her husband Mikhail Ugarov director of same play died. ‘Heart attacks’ in both cases.
I do not believe in coincidences. In Russia, those coincidences are all too frequent.
Sergei Leonidovich Magnitsky (Russian: Серге́й Леони́дович Магни́тский; 8 April 1972 – 16 November 2009) was a Russian lawyer who specialized in anti-corruption activities. His arrest in 2008 and subsequent death after eleven months in police custody generated international media attention and triggered both official and unofficial inquiries into allegations of fraud, theft, and human rights violations in Russia.
Magnitsky had alleged there had been a large-scale theft from the Russian state, sanctioned and carried out by Russian officials. He was arrested and eventually died in prison seven days before the expiration of the one-year term during which he could be legally held without trial. In total, Magnitsky served 358 days in Moscow’s Butyrka prison. He developed gall stones, pancreatitis, and a blocked gall bladder, and received inadequate medical care. A human rights council set up by the Kremlin found that he had been physically assaulted shortly before his death. His case has become an international cause célèbre.
The U.S. Congress and President Obama enacted the Magnitsky Act at the end of 2012, barring those Russian officials believed to be involved in the lawyer’s death from entering the United States or using its banking system. In response, Russia condemned the Act, slandered Magnitsky as guilty of crimes, and blocked hundreds of adoptions by Americans.
In 2012 the law was amended to include more general “human rights violations” in Russia.
Any sort of ‘official’ investigation will certainly side with the cause of death as stated, heart attack. This seems to be common in those opposing or embarrassing Putin.
This may well all be moot, however. From murdered politician Boris Nemtsov’s daughter,
Just the fact that many observers believe it to be true must cause somebody in Moscow to worry at least a little bit. No? Welcome to Putin’s reality.
I am waiting for the one straw. You know, the one that can break the camel’s back. Putin has a perfect right to not sleep well at night.
One of the founders and director of Teatra.Doc, director and playwright Elena Gremina suddenly died this morning
As relatives told the resource MBH-Media, the cause of death was renal and heart failure.
Elena Gremina was 61 years old. On April 1 her husband, Mikhail Ugarov, suddenly died.
Their departure is sad and incomprehensible, – said the “Echo of Moscow” artistic director and chief director of the theater School of Modern Play Joseph Reichelgauz.
“It’s not just sad, it’s another tragedy. They made a wonderful, outstanding, unique theater, talented people. I talk about them together, because they are not separable. Even the death of one did not divide them, “- said I. Raykhelgauz.
Information about the place and date of the funeral is not yet available.