Published: Fri, December 22, 2017
Global | By Enrique Rogers

U.S. sanctions Chechen leader Kadyrov under Magnitsky Act

U.S. sanctions Chechen leader Kadyrov under Magnitsky Act

USA officials accused Kadyrov of overseeing "an administration involved in disappearances and extrajudicial killings", and that "one or more" of his political opponents were killed at his direction.

Kadyrov took to Instagram to sarcastically respond: 'A sleepless night is waiting for me, ' reports Reuters.

"I have said before, but I will repeat again for the especially forgetful that I would not have gone to the United States of America even if all the currency reserves in the country were promised to me as prizes".

"The U.S. can't forgive me for devoting my life to fighting foreign terrorists, including the minions of American special services", he wrote.

"We will continue to use the Magnitsky Act to aggressively target gross violators of human rights in Russian Federation, including individuals responsible for extrajudicial killings, torture, and other despicable acts", the director of Treasury's Office of Foreign Asset Control, John Smith, said in a statement released Wednesday.

Benjamin Bol Mel (Bol Mel), president of ABMC Thai-South Sudan Construction Company Limited; Gulnara Karimova, daughter of former Uzbekistan leader Islam Karimov; Angel Rondon Rijo, a politically connected businessman in the Dominican Republic; Artem Chayka, son of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation; Gao Yan, who was the Beijing Public Security Bureau Chaoyang Branch director; Sergey Kusiuk, commander of an elite Ukrainian police unit, the Berkut; Julio Antonio Juarez Ramirez, a Guatemalan Congressman and Yankuba Badjie from Gambia have also been sapped sanctions with. He was detained in 2008 and accused of conspiracy and abatement for tax evasion. The Kremlin denies the allegation.

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The Trump administration is expected to target additional individuals under that law in the coming days.

Donald Trump Jr., son of President Donald Trump, has said he discussed the Magnitsky Act and the adoption law with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya previous year during an unusual campaign-season meeting that has been examined as part of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and potential collusion with Trump's campaign.

When asked about the June 2016 meeting, Trump Jr. admitted that they discussed the adoptions issue.

The law, named for a Russian whistleblower who died in pre-trial detention, prohibits transactions between sanctioned individuals and Americans.

The sanctions occurred under the provisions of the 2012 Magnitsky Act.

Dozens of people, mostly Russians, have been sanctioned under the law.

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