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Britain’s first sanctions affect Russians, Saudis

PHOTO FILE: British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab reacts while making a statement on Hong Kong’s national security legislation in London, Britain, July 1

, 2020. REUTERS / Hannah McKay

LONDON (Reuters) – The first British sanctions will concern 25 Russian citizens who are said to have been involved in the mistreatment and death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky and 20 Saudi citizens believed to have been involved in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

Speaking to parliament, Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said: “The first designations will concern the people involved in the torture and murder of Sergei Magnitsky, the lawyer who revealed the largest known tax fraud in Russian history.

“The designations will also include those responsible for the brutal murder of the writer and journalist Jamal Khashoggi.”

(This story has been corrected to correct the typo in Khashoggi’s name)

Reporting by Andy Bruce, written by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Stephen Addison

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