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.
- Russians Tied to Jail Death Are Barred From U.S. (nytimes.com)
- Sergei Magnitsky case: its down to Dmitry Medvedev to act (telegraph.co.uk)
- US-Russia row over lawyer’s death (bbc.co.uk)
- The Kremlin is furious about America’s visa blacklist. But there is nothing Barack Obama can do about it (blogs.telegraph.co.uk)
- US visa blacklist threatens to derail reset (rt.com)