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Cinema for Peace Foundation has supported and continues to support the following campaign:

Global Justice Campaign for Sergei Magnitzky

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Cinema for Peace Foundation supports the Global Justice Campaign for Sergei Magnitzky

Since autumn 2011 the Cinema for Peace Foundation been has supporting the Global Justice Campaign for Sergei Magnitzky, a young Russian tax attorney whose death in police custody generated international media attention and launched an investigation into allegations of abuse. Magnitsky, who had alleged wide-scale tax fraud sanctioned by officials before being himself arrested, died days before the one year limit that he could be held without trial would expire.

Sergei Magnitsky, was a young Russian lawyer, who blew the whistle on a $230 million tax fraud involving senior Russian Government officials. He testified against the people involved, and was subsequently arrested, tortured, denied medical care, and murdered in custody when he refused to change or withdraw his testimony. Those responsible for the crimes he uncovered and those responsible for his death have yet to be punished.

"Justice for Sergei"

Justice for Sergei is the award winning documentary film on Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer who died in November 2009 at the age of 37 under excruciating circumstances in a Moscow detention centre, still awaiting trial. His death fuelled international outrage, but inside Russia the corrupt government officials responsible were never brought to justice. Justice for Sergei tells the story of an ordinary man who paid the ultimate price while trying to expose the extraordinary corruption gripping Russia today.

In February of this year, the film won the Cinema for Peace Award for Justice 2012 in Berlin. The film was awarded First Prize in the Human Rights Competition at the 'Docudays' Film Festival in Kiev, Ukraine in 2011. Justice for Sergei has been broadcasted in several countries and the 62-minute Director's Cut is touring major film festivals around the globe.

Project Developments

"The Magnitsky Files: Organized Crime Inside the Russian Government”

Is a new documentary which is the result of a year-long investigation by Magnitsky´s colleagues and provides brand new evidence of fraud, conspiracy and murder by members of the Putin regime. The documentary premiered on Capital Hill in Washington DC in June 2012. The film goes into detail of how the Russian police who killed Sergei Magnitsky have been working on an intimate basis with organized criminals, how they kill people to cover up their crimes.

The premiere was followed by a discussion with Senator John McCain, David Kramer, President of Freedom House, and William Browder, head of the global campaign for justice for Sergei Magnitsky. Senator John McCain is the co-sponsor of the “Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2011”.

JUSTICE FOR SERGEI