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Russia Says U.S. Visa Move Won't Affect Cooperation

A senior Russian official has said that U.S. visa restrictions on Russian officials linked to the death of investment fund lawyer Sergei Magnitsky will not affect cooperation on Iran and Afghanistan.

The 2009 death of the 37-year-old Magnitsky, who worked for the equity fund Hermitage Capital and died after spending a year in Russian jails, spooked investors and tarnished Russia's image.

The United States imposed visa restrictions on some Russian officials thought to be involved in Magnitsky's death.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying that there was "nothing further from reality than speculations" about a cutback in cooperation over Afghanistan, Iran, the Middle East.

Moscow responded in early August to the U.S. visa sanctions by barring a number of American officials it said had violated the rights of an accused Russian arms trader in U.S. custody.

compiled from Reuters reports

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