December 11, 2012 (TSR) – The Russian parliament is set to debate a draft law that will see visa and economic sanctions imposed on the Americans involved in violating rights of Russian citizens.
According to a source in Russia’s State Duma, the list will include American parents who abused their Russian adoptees. “It will be a completely fresh legislation,” the source told reporters.
The bill, which will punish Americans violating the rights of Russian nationals with economic, visa sanctions and deportations, was brought into the parliament by all its factions following the adoption of the controversial Magnets Act in the US.
On December 6, the US Senate approved the so-called “Magnitsky list,” which outlawed Russians allegedly involved in the death of Sergei Magnitsky.
State Duma’s foreign affairs committee chief Aleksei Pushkov said the majority of MPs backed a strong-handed response to the fresh anti-Russian law.
A bill mirroring the US Senate’s “Magnitsky Act” will be introduced to the lower chamber of the Russian parliament later on Monday, Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov has announced.
Mr. Zyuganov said he expected all factions of the State Duma to back the draft law imposing visa and economic sanctions on American human rights abusers.
The head of the Russian Communist party said the blacklist was still being compiled but added he favoured a “more strong-handed, concrete and weighty” law.
Source: Voice of Russia, RIA, IF