The whole world is shocked by news from Putin's Russia: the head of the Anti-Corruption Fund, Alexei Navalny, like Sergei Magnitsky, Anna Politkovskaya, Boris Nemtsov before him, fell victim to a ruthless assassination attempt, apparently organized with the approval of the owner of the Kremlin's main cabinet.
While Alexei Navalny is still in hospital in Germany, a number of political leaders have decided to put pressure on Russia.
"The poisoning of Alexei Navalny shocked the world," British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote on Twitter.
Like France, Germany or the United States, Britain has called for an investigation into the poisoning of the Russian opposition leader.
“The UK expresses solidarity with him and his family. We need a full and transparent investigation into what happened. The perpetrators [of this act] must be held accountable and the UK will join the international effort to bring justice to life”, - the Conservative leader added.
Atlantic Alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also called on Wednesday for a "transparent" investigation into the poisoning of the leader of the Russian opposition, saying there was "no reason to question" the conclusions of the German doctors.
However, it should be admitted that despite the harsh condemnation expressed by the leaders of Europe, today neither France nor Germany have their own analogue of the Magnitsky Act.
Responding to the calls for a transparent investigation from the leaders of the West, Dmitry Peskov cynically stated that this investigation "is not the prerogative of the administration, the president, the Kremlin," but the police.
No investigation has been initiated in Russia, despite requests from relatives of Alexei Navalny.
All the more insincere are the words of the official representative of Vladimir Putin, who never publicly speaks the name of the oppositionist, who said that Russia, “like everyone else,” “is interested in understanding what brought the“ patient ”, who was treated in the Berlin clinic, into a coma ".
Today, when the poisoned leader of the Russian opposition still remains unconscious and his chances of recovery remain unclear, it is worth remembering that, in fact, not a single cruel and cynical crime against Putin's opponents has been fully investigated, and their organizers have not suffered any punishment.
It is time to admit that Europe simply does not have the right to continue to keep a blind eye to this!
In a recent book, Russian political scientist Sergei Medvedev argues that the main material exported by Russia is not hydrocarbons or weapons, but ... fear.
“The worst thing is not that Putin could have ordered the killing of his alleged enemies, but that any of the ruling circles could use the general dysfunction and impunity of the Putin system to do it on their own,” Joshua Jaffa wrote in the New Yorker on August 21 2020.
Europe needs its own Magnitsky law
Why has neither Germany nor France adopted the Magnitsky law so far, despite the fact that the murders of Magnitsky, Politkovskaya and Nemtsov, the attempted murder of Navalny, and many other egregious cases, such as the Skripal poisoning - are cases that are directly related to each other.?
And, above all, they are united by the feeling of impunity of their organizers and executors.
It's time to stop expressing concern but take the initiative in our relationship with Putin.
We must urge Western leaders to adopt a new analogue of the Magnitsky law, which should include officials from Russia, Belarus and other countries guilty of systematic human rights violations and involved in the persecution of activists and opposition leaders.
We must appeal to President Macron and Chancellor Merkel, the deputies of the parliaments of France and Germany to adopt the Magnitsky Act in their countries!
In addition, the public must influence the German authorities to convince them to finally abandon their participation in the Nord Stream 2 project.
Republished by kind permission from The Russian Monitor.
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