Under the act named after Russian tax fraud whistleblower Sergey Magnitsky, who died in a Moscow jail in 2009, the five Russian people will have their USA assets blocked and are banned from travelling to the United States.
Officials in Washington said the sanctions are linked to a law aimed at punishing human rights violations. The recent sanctions include a ban on travel to the U.S. and freezing of any assets held by, or transactions with, American financial institutions. Trump will have his hands full trying to reverse these late Obama administration efforts to worsen relations with Russian Federation.
The United States has imposed new sanctions on five prominent Russians, including a close aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin. President Obama last month expelled 35 Russian diplomats from the US who were accused by the administration of worked as intelligence operatives.
The law gives him the authority to remove names from the Magnitsky-related sanctions list, though he would have to inform Congress of the justification for such a move, such as new evidence clearing the target of alleged rights abuses.
Just before Christmas, the Treasury Department put sanctions on 15 Russian individuals and companies for their dealings in Crimea and Ukraine.
Trump has also suggested he'd be looking to roll back some of these moves, and that was a big reason why Russia did not launch any retaliatory diplomatic action after the Obama Administration expelled 35 of their diplomats and seized a pair of their compounds, with Russian officials saying they expect Trump to change course when he gets into office.
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Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun, suspects in the 2006 murder of Litvinenko with polonium in London, were placed on to the "Magnitsky list" by the US Treasury. They also said that the move was merely an attempt to influence justice in a sovereign country, as an investigation into Magnitsky's death has shown that he died due to his extremely poor health, while two prison doctors were tried and sentenced for allowing this to happen.
However, the Kremlin had rejected such accusations and on Tuesday expressed its readiness to further cooperate with the US. We categorically rule out the possibility that Russian officials or official bodies could have been involved. We are exhausted of such accusations.
US President-elect Donald Trump was angered when American intelligence agencies warned of the Russian hacking, alleging that they were behind a "witch hunt" to tarnish his win.
"You don't cover the subject sufficiently, the sources are unnamed, out of date or simply incorrect, and it is written like a school homework assignment".
In an online news conference, Assange said the report is vague and that USA intelligence officials should be embarrassed by the 25-page, declassified document. "It is clearly designed for political effects, " he said.