US slaps travel restrictions on Russian officials

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Posted: Jul 26, 2011 7:03 PM
US slaps travel restrictions on Russian officials

The Obama administration says that it has imposed travel restrictions on 60 Russian officials suspected of involvement in the imprisonment and killing of a lawyer.

Sergey Magnitsky died in late 2009 after spending almost a year in jail. He was awaiting trial on tax-evasion charges linked to his work with a U.S.-born investor barred from Russia because of allegations he was a security risk.

Some U.S. lawmakers have been pushing for legislation that would impose a travel ban and asset freeze on the 60 Russians who they believe to be involved in Magnitsky's persecution.

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Russian officials targeted for U.S. travel restrictions: http://1.usa.gov/ppuYh6