The Magnitsky Act was devised as a way to target individuals, while avoiding blanket sanctions on a country that would disproportionately hurt the poorest members of society.
“The brilliance of this legislation is that it’s individual,” says Kara-Murza. “In previous times, sanctions would target entire countries for the actions of a small group of unelected crooks.”
The Magnitsky Act is personal, he adds: “It doesn’t punish 140 million people, in the case of Russia, for the actions of Putin’s unelected clique.”
But privately, some business leaders are concerned.
Saudi Arabia, which saw six members of its crown prince’s inner circle