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Mark Rutte (l) with EU Council chief Donald Tusk at the EU summit in Brussels on Thursday (Photo: consilium.europa.eu)

Rutte: New EU sanctions are informal 'Magnitsky law'

New EU human rights sanctions ought to be named after Russian activist Sergei Magnitsky, but only informally, Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte has said.

"Whenever we speak about it, we shall, I think, just refer to it as 'the Magnitsky law' or 'the Magnitsky initiative'," Rutte told MPs in a debate in The Hague on Wednesday (12 December).

The Dutch, backed by France, Germany, and the UK, recently launched an EU project to impose...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Mark Rutte (l) with EU Council chief Donald Tusk at the EU summit in Brussels on Thursday (Photo: consilium.europa.eu)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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