Russia vows to retaliate against U.S. human rights sanctions

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Posted: May 21, 2014 12:26 PM

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia vowed on Wednesday to retaliate against what it called "unfounded" U.S. sanctions imposed a day earlier on 12 Russians for human rights abuses, including allegedly withholding medical care to a whistleblowing lawyer who died in a Russian prison.

"We view the decision by the U.S. administration to impose visa and financial sanctions against 12 Russian citizens ... as unfounded and dictated by a cynical desire to use human tragedy for unscrupulous political goals," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

(Reporting by Alissa de Carbonnel; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)