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Russia has imposed sanctions against five U.S. citizens

The Ministry of foreign Affairs Tuesday, 2 February, published a list of five U.S. citizens, who are now denied entry to Russia in response to the expansion of the so-called «Magnitsky list».

According to the Russian foreign Ministry, in the sanctions list included former Minister of justice Alberto Gonzalez, former Deputy Minister of defense for political Affairs, Douglas Feith, former General counsel of the CIA John Rizzo, former Deputy Minister of justice Jay Bybee, and former General counsel to the Pentagon William Haynes, RIA «Novosti».

1 February it became known that US authorities have included in the «Magnitsky list» five more Russians. A former Deputy Minister of internal Affairs of Russia, head of the Investigative Committee at the Russian interior Ministry Aleksey Anichin, investigator of the interior Ministry in the Central Federal district Boris Kibis, a former head of the investigation Department of the Ministry of internal Affairs Pavel Lapshov, the interior Ministry investigator Oleg Urzhumtsev and Evgeny Antonov (position and place of work is not set), the newspaper «Vedomosti».

The U.S. Congress passed the «Magnitsky act» and issued a corresponding list in December 2012. The document envisaged the introduction of financial and visa sanctions on those responsible for human rights violations in Russia. Sanctions constitute a prohibition on entry and the arrest of all accounts of the named persons in American banks. Today in the open part of the Magnitsky list contains 39 names.

Sergei Magnitsky died in a hospital jail «sailor’s silence» 16 November 2009 after 11 months in detention on charges of tax evasion. Shortly before his arrest Magnitsky had uncovered theft from the Russian budget committed by the security forces, for a total amount of 5.4 billion rubles.

According to the conclusion of forensic experts, the death was caused by acute heart failure, brain edema and acute pulmonary hemorrhage, caused by chronic hepatitis and acute developing diabetes.

In March 2013 the investigative Committee of Russia has stopped criminal case upon death Magnitsky, «not finding objective data on the committed crimes».

Russia has imposed sanctions against five U.S. citizens 03.02.2016

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