Moscow officials are lashing out after the U.S. Senate voted yesterday to repeal the decades-old Jackson-Vanik Amendment, which placed trade penalties on Russia over Russian restrictions on minority emigration, but to replace it with the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, which imposes visa and banking restrictions on Russian officials linked to gross human rights violations. The Magnitsky Act passed by a vote of 92-4. VOA reports on threats from Russian Foreign Ministry officials of responses designed to "remind hyperactive adversaries of normal development of Russian-U.S. relations that their effort looks poor."
Moscow Fumes After U.S. Senate Passes Sweeping Human Rights Act
UPDATED 7:26 AM EST, December 7, 2012