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U.K. Embassy Says No Visa Ban Imposed on Russian Officials

October 03, 2011

(Updates with U.K. embassy confirmation in first two paragraphs.)

Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) -- The British embassy in Moscow denied that the U.K. imposed a ban on Russian officials over the death of anti-corruption lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky.

The U.K. has made no changes in its government policies and didn’t bar 60 officials linked to Magnitsky’s death in a Moscow prison in 2009, an embassy spokesman said by phone from Moscow today, declining to be identified in line with Foreign Office rules.

The British weekly, The Observer, reported yesterday that the U.K. had secretly imposed the visa ban, citing former Europe Minister, Christopher Bryant, as saying he was informed of the measure by Immigration Minister Damian Green.

The Home Office declined to comment on individual cases, adding in an e-mailed statement: “We can refuse a visa when the individual’s character, conduct or associations makes entry to the U.K. undesirable.”


To contact the reporter on this story: Henry Meyer in Moscow at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Abelsky at

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