US Senate to expand sanctions on Magnitsky Act
U.S. Democrat senators Bob Menendez and Ben Cardin called on the U.S. Treasury Department to expand sanctions measures under the Magnitsky Act. The relevant letter was published in the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee.
U.S. lawmakers noted that "the new designations required by the Magnitsky Act sanctions program against Russia" are already in place. They specified that they expected new annual sanctions from OFAC (Office for Foreign Assets Control) in the list under the "Magnitsky Act. In this regard, the senators called for the immediate release of a carefully crafted and trustworthy list.
According to the lawmakers, this program is one of the most effective mechanisms available to the U.S. to bring human rights violators to justice in Russia.
In December 2012, the United States adopted the Magnitsky Act on sanctions against Russian citizens who, according to U.S. authorities, are involved in human rights violations.
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