Saak Albertovich Karapetyan

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Saak Albertovich Karapetyan (b. 1960 - October 3, 2018), Russian Deputy Attorney General. Karapetyan was behind Natalia Veselnitskaya's global efforts to lobby lawmakers to overturn anti-corruption acts such as the U.S. Magnitsky Act.[1]

Karapetyan signed a letter sent on behalf of Russia's government to a U.S. court in 2014 refusing assistance into an investigation concerning Magnitsky's death.[2] The letter was drafted reportedly with aid from Veselnitskaya.[3] Leaked emails reported by the New York Times showed Veselnitskaya helped draft the document sent with that letter.[4]

Karapetyan and Veselnitskaya also worked together on the Prevezon asset forfeiture case. U.S. authorities brought a civil case against Prevezon for purportedly laundering the proceeds of Bill Browder's Hermitage Capital into Manhattan real estate in violation of the Magnitsky Act. Prevezon agreed to forfeit a property valued at $5.9 million, but it did not admit any role in money laundering.[5]

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