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Russia: U.S. Must Minimize Effect Of Magnitsky Act

Sergei Magnitsky

Sergei Magnitsky

A senior Russian official says Moscow expects the U.S. administration to do all it can to ensure that the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act passed by the U.S. House of Representatives does not harm relations between the two countries.

Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry's envoy for human rights, democracy, and the rule of law said in Moscow that the bill "cannot be called other than unfriendly and provocative."

The U.S. House of Representatives voted on November 16 to extend permanent normal trade relations to Russia and Moldova but also backed legislation sanctioning Russian officials implicated in the death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.

The U.S. Senate is also expected to approve the measure.

Magnitsky, 37, died in a Moscow prison three years ago after implicating top Russian officials in a scheme to defraud the government of $230 million.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and Interfax