The U.S. Senate passed the so-called “Magnitsky Law” on Thursday, a bill that will impose limits on the ability of some Russians implicated in human rights abuses to come into the United States. The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed its displeasure with the vote in an acerbic series of tweets on Thursday afternoon.
The Magnitsky Law will prevent anyone connected to the torture and death of Russian whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky from entering the U.S. or owning property here. Despite a Russian lobbying effort against the bill in Washington, it passed with a 92-4 vote.
Obviously, US passage of the “Magnitsky Law” will adversely affect the prospects of bilateral cooperation— MFA Russia
The US decision to impose visa and financial sanctions on certain Russian citizens is like something out of the theatre of the absurd— MFA Russia
Apparently, Washington has forgotten what year this is and still thinks the Cold War is going on— MFA Russia
It is perplexing and preposterous to hear human rights complaints from the US, where torture and kidnapping are legal in the 21st century— MFA Russia
This biased approach is nothing but a vindictive desire to counter Russia in world affairs— MFA Russia
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