With the royal assent of Bill S-226, Canada is now the fourth country in the world to adopt Magnitsky legislation

Oct. 20, 2017 – Canada’s Parliament officially passed Magnitsky legislation with the royal assent of Bill S-226 (Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act). The legislation is named after whistle-blower Sergei Magnitsky, who was beaten to death in a Moscow jail in 2009.

US financier Bill Bowder leads the international effort for countries to adopt Magnitsky-styled legislation. In Canada, he is supported by MLI Senior Fellow and human rights thought leader Marcus Kolga.

Kolga was interviewed in the New York Times about Russian efforts to derail Magnitsky legislation in Canada, and more recently in the Globe and Mail on the royal assent of Bill S-226. He is currently working with Bill Bowder to bring Sergei Magnitsky’s family to Canada.

As Kolga notes, “It's important that the Magnitskys connect with this piece of legislation and are able to thank the people who made it happen.”