State Department Blocks Russian Visas Over Lawyer’s Death

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The United States State Department has put on a visa blacklist Russian officials involved in the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.

Moscow responded that the U.S. cannot expect Russia to join international sanctions with them while at the same time being sanctioned by the U.S. It says it will back out of cooperating with the U.S. if the Senate imposes human rights sanctions on Russia.

The alleged human rights violation occurred in 2009, when Magnitsky accused police and officials of a $230 million fraud. Magnitsky was arrested and died in prison after being denied medical care for apparent pancreatitis and likely being badly beaten.

Canada, the European Parliament, and the Netherlands are also considering sanctions against Russia.

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