Activist Attacked After Calling For Magnitsky Probe

Apr 27 2010 | 2:30am ET

Just days after accusing Russian police of torturing a hedge fund lawyer, human rights activist Lyudmila Alexeyeva has been attacked herself.

The 83-year-old founder of the Moscow Helsinki Group said a man on a Moscow Metro platform hit her on the head. According to the complaint she filed with police, he then said, “Are you still alive, bitch?”

Alexeyeva has demanded an investigation into—and possible prosecution of—police officials allegedly responsible for the November death of Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer for London-based hedge fund Hermitage Capital Management. Magnitsky had accused Russian Interior Ministry officials of defrauding Hermitage, and was in turn accused of tax fraud.

Meanwhile, Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.) is calling on 60 Russian officials to be barred from the U.S. for their role in Magnitsky’s case. Cardin sent a list of those he’d like to see kept out of the country to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Cardin is the chairman of the Commission on Security and Co-operation in Europe.

Among those he suggested banning are Russia’s deputy general prosecutor, the chief investigator of the Interior Ministry and 11 judges.

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