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US may deny entry to Russian officials on the 'Magnitsky list'

2012-09-11 06:56:09 GMT2012-09-11 14:56:09(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

By Mei Jingya, Sina English

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Russian officals in Vladivostok that the Department of State and the US Congress are in on-going consultations about two bills concerning the 'Magnitsky list'.

Speaking at the closing news conference of the Asia-Pacific summit Sunday, she said the US attaches great importance to the Magnitsky case, because it concerns human rights.

Clinton said American lawmakers and diplomats continue to investigate Sergei Magnitsky’s death in 2009. Magnitsky was a Russian lawyer who died in pre-trial detention cells.

She warned that Washington has already taken steps to deny entry to anyone who might have been involved in Magnitsky’s death.

In response, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Moscow does not care about the contents of the so-called Magnitsky list and that he did not discuss this issue with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during their meeting in Vladivostok.

"We are not going to take interest in the contents of some lists, which have nothing to do with the real problems of high-profile proceedings and an investigation, which the Russian Federation is conducting," Lavrov told journalists.

Lavrov added that the U.S. is aware that Russia considers it unacceptable that anti-Soviet laws could be replaced by anti-Russian ones.

Meanwhile, the British government has implemented a so-called Magnitsky list which bars some 60 Russian officials from entry into the UK. Britain claims the officials are all linked to the circumstances surrounding the death of Sergei Magnitsky.

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