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Official comments on US decision to add Chechen leader to Magnitsky List

December 20, 2017, 21:48 UTC+3 GROZNY

The US administration has added five more citizens of Russia, including Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, to the Magnitsky sanctions list

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GROZNY, December 20. /TASS/. U.S. Administration’s decision to place Ramzan Kadyrov, the President of Chechnya, on the so-called Magnitsky List will be a good New Year present for him, a present he would not even dream of, the regional minister for external ties, mass media and communications, Jambulat Umarov said on Wednesday.

Earlier on Wednesday, the U.S. Administration added five more citizens of Russia, including Ramzan Kadyrov, to the Magnitsky List. The U.S. accuses him of "extra-judiciary killings, torture and other crude violations of internationally recognized human rights."

"This [inclusion in the list] will give a boost to Kadyrov and will support his pre-New Year moods in a powerful way," Umarov said. "Lists of this kind help us get to know the true patriots of Russia."

"If Kadyrov were placed on the list of America’s friends, then we would really have grounds for doubts but he and another four lucky men have turned up on the list of America’s foes," Umarov said. "This only means these people are loyal to their homeland and its President.".

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