Russia warned the United States on Thursday to expect a tough response if the U.S. Congress passes “unfriendly and provocative” legislation designed to punish Russian officials for human rights violations.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said U.S.-Russian ties were sure to suffer if lawmakers backed a move directing the U.S. government to deny visas to Russian officials involved in the detention, abuse or death of Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer who died in jail in 2009.

Russia threatens tough response if U.S. backs rights bill – Chicago Tribune

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