Forty-Nine Russians Banned from Entering Estonia

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Forty-nine Russians on the Magnitsky List have been banned from entry into Estonia.

The ban comes into force today, April 3.

The Estonian government published in the Monday edition of the Riigi Teataja, the country’s state newspaper, that the ban has been put forth because there are reasonable grounds to believe that these people violated human rights or contributed to the violation of human rights.

This decision was imposed by the Estonian government on March 29. The ban is valid until April 1, 2023.

In 2016, Estonia passed the Magnitsky Act, which banned foreigners deemed guilty of human rights abuses from entering the country. The law was named after Sergei Magnitsky, a tax accountant who died in a Moscow prison after investigating fraud involving Russian officials. Magnitsky was arrested on the same charge that he was investigating, collusion to commit tax fraud, and he died in November 2009, just eight days before he would have been put on trial or released. His supporters say that he was tortured in prison.