The US Congress drew a furious response from the Kremlin on Thursday by passing legislation that targeted human rights abusers in the prison death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.
A 2006 photo provided in 2010 by Hermitage Capital Management shows Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in Moscow. Magnitsky died in prison of untreated illnesses. The US Congress passed legislation on trade with Russia that required sanctions for anyone involved in his death, drawing a furious response from Moscow.
Voting 92-4, the US Senate approved establishing permanent normal trade relations with Russia, ending Cold War-era restrictions, but also requiring sanctions against anyone connected to Magnitsky's death.
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