Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev criticized a proposed U.S. law Thursday that would sanction officials involved in alleged human rights abuses.
Medvedev called the Magnitsky Act a "huge mistake," RIA Novosti reported. He welcomed the repeal of the Jackson-Vanik amendment, a 1974 law aimed at Soviet-era restrictions on emigration, but said it should not be tied to new economic sanctions.
"It is totally unacceptable for one country to dictate its will to another country. This is a huge mistake by American lawmakers, as well as by the whole U.S. establishment," Medvedev said.
The Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act is named after Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian human-rights lawyer who died in police custody in 2009. The act passed the House of Representatives this month and is awaiting Senate action.
Most Popular Stories
- Apple Wants Samsung to Pay $22M for Patent Dispute Legal Bills
- NASA Fellowships, Scholarships Bring Diversity to Workforce
- Twitter Coming to Phones Without Internet
- Dish Network Leads 2013 Top 50 Advertisers List
- Networks Vie for U.S. Hispanic TV Viewers
- Ad Counts Rise in 2013 for Hispanic Magazines
- Jobs Report Brings Cheer As Unemployment Drops to Five-year Low
- Starbucks Gets Grinchy; No Gingerbread Lattes for Tampa Customers
- Entravision Initiates Quarterly Cash Dividend
- Warner Bros. Unleashes 'Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug' Merchandise