The discussion “Magnitsky Law in Europe in the Context of Lithuanian-Russian Bilateral relations” included the Lithuanian MEP Leonidas Donskis (ALDE group), the editor of the book Elena Servettaz and the Russian human rights defender Lilia Shibanova, who was a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee in 2013. The initiator of the event - Emanuelis Zingeris, signatory of the 1990 Act of the Re-Establishment of the State of Lithuania and the Deputy Chair of the Committee on European Affairs at the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania.
Leonidas Donskis Lithuanian MEP started with the remarks, why this initiative is important for Lithuania and why Lithuanian politicians as well as foreign policy makers cannot be ignorant to the Magnitsky Law in Europe.
Elena Servettaz a French journalist and the editor of “Why Europe Needs a Magnitsky Law” shared the main findings and conclusions of the book.
Lilia Shibanova the human rights defender from Russia and the director of “Golos” presented the reactions towards the Magnitsky Law and the most common arguments there.
The participants of the event have had an opportunity to get the book “Why Europe Needs a Magnitsky Law” (in English) with the autograph of the editor Elena Servettaz. The book contains the opinions and articles of world-known politicians, foreign policy makers and human rights defenders from the EU, U.S., Russia and Belarus discussing the importance of the Magnitsky Law and the current developments in Russia.