MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia imposed sanctions on 25 British officials on Saturday, with Britain responding in July with similar fines for human rights abuses.
“Based on the friendly actions and response of the British authorities, the Russian side decided to impose personal sanctions on 25 British envoys who are now barred from entering Russian territory,” the Foreign Office said in a statement. A Foreign Ministry statement said.
In July, the UK cleared 25 Russian officials of alleged involvement in the death of lawyer Sergei Magnetsky, barring them from traveling to the UK and freezing their British assets.
Among the victims was Alexander Bastriken, head of a powerful investigative committee that reports directly to President Vladimir Putin.
Magnitsky, a tax consultant for British financier William Browder, died in prison in 2009 after being charged with حکام 230 million in tax evasion by Russian authorities.