Canada is getting its own Magnitsky Act and Vladimir Putin is not impressed

by Brent Bambury

Members of the House of Commons voted on a bill this week called Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act and it is guaranteed to make Vladimir Putin livid.

The bill is Canada’s version of the Magnitsky Act, a series of laws named for a lawyer who died in Russian custody as he was investigating corruption. These laws target the property — the assets, the holdings, the wealth — of corrupt officials “who have committed gross violations of internationally recognized human rights.”

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Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says the government has agreed to create a so-called Magnitsky Act to expand Canada’s international sanctions law to target gross human rights violators. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

When MPs in Ottawa voted on Wednesday night, all parties stood in agreement. The bill passed unanimously.

“It was

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