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Sunday, 20 January 2013
Russia has prepared a “Guantanamo list” of U.S. officials who will be denied entry visas, officials in Moscow said Friday, the latest apparent retaliation for a U.S. law imposing sanctions on Russians over the death of an activist lawyer. Alexei Pushkov, chairman of the foreign relations committee in the lower house of parliament, said Friday the list as drafted last month initially included 11 U.S. officials involved in running the prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and other sites allegedly used by the U.S. and its allies as secret prisons to hold terrorism suspects. The list was expanded this month to 60 people, he said.

Among U.S. officials added to the list were “judges, investigators, justice ministry officials and special services agents who were involved in Russian citizens Viktor Bout’s and Konstantin Yaroshenko’s legal prosecution and sentencing to long terms of imprisonment,” he said.
Bout, an arms dealer was sentenced to 25 years in prison by a U.S. District Court in New York. Yaroshenko was sentenced to 20 years in 2011 for smuggling cocaine.

Pushkov also said that the list included members of Congress and American citizens guilty of the maltreatment and death of Russian orphans they adopted, as well as “judges who passed wrong rulings on those cases and psychiatrists who asserted that those children had inborn defects and serious development deviations which caused their deaths.”
The list may be expanded to include other U.S. officials, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told RIA Novosti.
The U.S. measure — the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, which was signed into law by President Obama last month — imposed visa restrictions and illegally froze the U.S. bank accounts of Russian officials supposedly involved in the death of Magnitsky.
Russia already responded to the U.S. law by banning adoption of Russian orphans by American couples as of Jan. 1

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