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Obama Signs Magnitsky Act Into Law - Corruption Currents - WSJ

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President Barack Obama signed legislation that cracks down on human-rights abusers in Russia.

The legislation, part of a broader bill that normalizes trade relations with Russia, passed the Senate last week after clearing the House of Representatives in November.

The human rights provision attached to the trade bill was named for Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer for Hermitage Capital Management who has been cheered as a martyr and a whistleblower after he made allegations of a huge fraud scandal in Russia and died while in the hands of Russian authorities.

Under the law, the U.S. assets of human-rights abusers in Russia would be frozen and they would be banned from being granted visas to enter the U.S.