The discussion is fueled by the adoption this month by the U.S. House of Representatives of the Sergei Magnitsky bill, now considered by the Senate.
The Magnitsky bill – named after the lawyer who died of mistreatment in prison in 2009 after exposing high-level corruption in Russia — introduces the possibility of freezing the financial assets and banning entry to the United States of persons responsible for Magnitsky’s persecution .
German member of parliament Rebecca Harms says the European Parliament is discussing a similar bill. The European People’s Party, to which imprisoned Ukrainian ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s party is an associate member, is calling for sanctions. Party spokesperson Elmar Brok called for visa bans for “those who are responsible for selective justice in Ukraine.”