US bans Rus­sians

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

THE OBAMA ad­min­is­tra­tion has added five more Rus­sians, in­clud­ing a se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial, to a list of peo­ple who are banned from trav­el­ling to the US and sub­ject to asset freezes for hu­man rights abuses.

The new sanc­tions were im­posed un­der a 2012 law passed by Congress and named af­ter Sergei Mag­nit­sky, a whis­tle-blower who died af­ter spend­ing a year in pre-trial de­ten­tion for re­veal­ing tax fraud by Rus­sian of­fi­cials.

The Krem­lin de­scribed the sanc­tions as ex­tra step to­wards the degra­da­tion of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions. Sput­nik and Wash­ing­ton Post

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