"This is a very unfriendly gesture to Russia. I am sure that some political forces are interested in the presence of constant political pressure on Russia."
"If the US Congress adopted a universal law banning entry to the US for citizens of any country who violate human rights that could be understood."- Advertisement -
"But why is Washington doing such an unfriendly gesture amid the current reset of the US-Russia relations on which the global stability depends? Why did they chose Russia for it?"
Moscow promised "analogous restrictions" on US officials in response.
Key is anti-Russian sentiment. Sergei Magnitsky was a Russian attorney. In 2009, he died in police custody. His death drew international media attention.
He specialized in civil law. He did anti-corruption work. He uncovered evidence of tax fraud. He implicated police, judiciary figures, tax officials, bankers, and Russia's mafia.
He accused them of stealing around $230 million dollars in 2007 through fraudulent tax refunds.
On issues relating to courts, taxes, fines, and civil law, he was called the "go to guy" in Moscow.