Magnitsky Act is lynch law and tough pressure on Russia - head of State Duma committee

Irina Yarovaya, the head of the State Duma committee on security and corruption prevention and coordinator of the United Russia state-patriotic club, has called the Magnitsky Act recently adopted by the U.S. as unjustified pressure on Russia.

"They shouldn't talk to Russia like that. Pressure always leads to pressure," Yarovaya told reporters on Friday.

As to the abolition of the Jackson-Vanik Amendment, Yarovaya said it looks more like a step of common sense taken by the U.S. in relation to its own economic interests, not demonstration of its loyalty to Russia. "It's by no means a circumstance mitigating the decision on the Magnitsky Act," she said.

Yarovaya said she believes the Magnitsky Act is none else than "lynch law and rough pressure," adding that such decisions are "unacceptable in civilized society because they discredit its legal and moral systems."

Dmitry Vyatkin, deputy chairman of the State Duma committee on constitutional legislation and state development (United Russia faction), said he is convinced that Russia will respond to the adoption of the Magnitsky Act by the U.S.

"Some list of persons involved in the violations of the rights of Russian citizens needs to be made. The very possibility of the use of sanctions, including visa sanctions, also may be considered," the United Russia press service quoted Vyatkin as saying.

The parliamentarian called the adoption of the Magnitsky Act "an unpleasant thing" in Russian-U.S. relations. Nevertheless, Vyatkin reiterated that he agrees with the experts and diplomats who believe that it will not have any dramatic effect on Russian-U.S. relations, which he believes are quite pragmatic.

Vyatkin believes the Magnitsky Act has no relation to the observance of human rights and is a political act.

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