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Putin Says Kremlin May Restrict U.S. Citizens' Entry Over Rights Dispute

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Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Moscow will introduce restrictions on some American citizens entering the country if the U.S. Congress passes a measure aimed at penalizing Russian officials for human rights abuses.

Putin was speaking to reporters at the end of a Group of 20 leaders summit in Mexico.

The proposed U.S. legislation would sanction Russian officials linked to the 2009 prison death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who had been investigating corruption.

The legislation is being held up in the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee amid some disagreement over its wording.

Russia has warned the legislation could threaten bilateral ties and the Obama administration has publicly opposed it.

With reporting by Reuters and AP

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