In yet another blow to US-Russian relations the US Senate committee has unanimously approved a bill imposing travel and economic sanctions against Russian officials over the 2009 death of the lawyer Sergey Magnitsky.
The Sergey Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act comes despite congressional efforts to lift the Cold War-era Jackson-Vanik amendment restricting trade with Russia.
The bill, which was approved on Tuesday by the Foreign Relations Committee, would impose visa bans [...]
The United States shouldn’t lift trade sanctions against Russia without replacing them with targeted actions against Russia’s worst human rights violators, a top Russia opposition leader told The Cable today.
The Obama administration has been touting the fact that Russia’s opposition leaders want America to repeal the 1974 Jackson-Vanik law that prevents the United States from granting Russian Permanent Normal Trade Status (PNTR) and taking full advantage of Russia’s new membership in the WTO. But according to [...]