USA sanctions Chechen president Kadyrov under Magnitsky Act

Russia's lawmaker slams US sanctions against Kadyrov

"Unfortunately, we are again forced to confirm our position, which boils down to the fact that these steps will be followed by retaliatory measures", Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a weekly briefing.

"Today, the United States is taking a strong stand against human rights abuse and corruption globally by shutting these bad actors out of the USA financial system", Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said in a statement.

She said that now around 200 Russian citizens and 402 legal entities are under various U.S. sanctions.

"Strategically, we are set to interact with the United States. Lists of this kind help us get to know the true patriots of Russian Federation", the official stressed.

"All this looks ridiculous amid common challenges and threats".

"Poor Americans", he said.




Today the U.S. Treasury Department announced its sanctions against Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of the semi-autonomous Russian Republican of Chechnya, for his fondness for kidnapping, torturing and murdering his political opponents and suspected gay men.

The U.S. Treasury Department said Wednesday, as head of the Chechen republic, Kadyrov "oversees an administration involved in disappearances and extra-judicial killings".

The five people added to the sanctions list include Alexei Sheshenya, Yulia Mayorova, Andrei Pavlov, Ramzan Kadyrov and Ayub Kataev.

Dozens of people, mostly Russians, have been sanctioned under the law. The law came into effect on December 2012. In November 2009, he died in the Matrosskaya Tishina pre-trial detention center in Moscow, as stated by representatives of Hermitage Capital, after being denied essential medical care.

A bipartisan coalition of members of Congress, late last month, called on Trump to impose the sanctions on Reyes, as well as another Nicaraguan official, for a wide variety of "well-documented" human-rights abuses, corruption, and illicit activity in support of President Daniel Ortega's regime. It particularly allows the United States government to freeze assets and ban visas for officials.

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