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MOSCOW, November 17 (Itar-Tass) — The Magnitsky Act passed by the House of Representatives is unfriendly with regard to Russia but it will have practically no impact on the visa regime between the two countries, Federation Council Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Mikhail Margelov said.
“This document is certainly of a challenging and demonstrative nature. The relevant American authorities are free to deny entry visas to anyone as it is, without this law; and it seems even without spending time to explain the reasons to ‘refuseniks’,” Margelov said on Saturday, November 17.
“Therefore the ‘Magnitsky list’ has no practically value for the visa regime: it neither tightens nor simplifies it, but it is unfriendly with regard to Russia,” he said.
“Such laws are passed by parliamentarians who suffer from too much self-esteem with respect to human rights in their own country,” the senator added.
Margelov also reiterated that “Russia will respond accordingly”.