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Russia lashes out at U.S. human rights blacklist

Published: April 13, 2013 | 1:58 pm
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(CNA)-A day after the United States published a blacklist of alleged Russian human rights abusers, , the Kremlin answered with a list of its own, reports CNN.

The U.S. list is part of a December 2012 law, the Magnitsky Act, which imposes visa bans and freezes assets of Russian officials believed to be connected to the death of whistleblower Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who uncovered the country’s largest known tax fraud.

Magnitsky was allegedly beaten to death in detention, a claim which Russian authorities dispute.

Washington’s blacklist, published Friday, contains 18 names. The Russian list also contains 18 and is a conscious, incensed reply to the U.S. list. Russian news agency Interfax published the names of Americans on Moscow’s list. It includes an FBI agent, a DEA agent and officials at a New York district court.

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