U.S. authorities have expanded the list of Russian citizens that are subject to sanctions under the so-called Magnitsky Act.
According to the U.S. Department of Treasury, the sanctions list now includes the head of the Investigative Committee of Russia Alexander Bastrykin, as well as Stanislav Gordievskiy, Dmitry Kovtun, Andrei Lugovoi, and Gennady Plaksin, reports TASS. The UK authorities have previously accused Kovtun and Lugovoi of the murder of former Russian Federal Security Service officer Alexander Litvinenko.
“Magnitsky Act” was passed in the United States on December 14, 2012. It introduced sanctions against the Russians involved in human rights violations. “Magnitsky list”, named in memory of auditor of Hermitage Capital fund Sergei Magnitsky, who died in a Moscow pre-trial detention, provides visa and economic sanctions against a number of Russian citizens.