WASHINGTON, July 17 - RAPSI. U.S. Senator John McCain will not change his attitude to the Magnitsky case despite his warm reception of the Russian senators who came to the United States to present the case documents.
The Federation Council delegation was in Washington from July 7 to July 13. Council member Vitaly Malkin told RIA Novosti that the delegation provided the United States with documents from interrogations, investigations, facts and financial reports related to Magnitsky case.
McCain promised, if necessary, to present the council's position at the U.S. Senate, and that if convinced by the documents, he would even change his stance on the case.
"He gave them a fair hearing and will consider what they had to say, but it will be a cold day in Gila Bend, Arizona, before he changes his position on this," McCain's spokesman told Josh Rogin, author of the Cable blog on the Foreign Policy online journal.
Magnitsky, an attorney for the Hermitage Capital Management Fund, was charged with large-scale corporate tax evasion. He died in a Moscow pretrial detention center on November 16, 2009 after spending nearly a year behind bars. His death sparked a public outcry and resulted in amendments to the Criminal Code and a reshuffling of officials in the penal system.
U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin drafted the so-called Magnitsky List, which comprises Russian officials allegedly involved in the case. In April 2011, a draft law was submitted to the U.S. Congress which stipulates imposing visa and economic sanctions on individuals suspected of involvement in the lawyer's death.