Russia, U.S. to carry on anti-drug cooperation in spite of Magnitsky Act

The Magnitsky Act approved by the U.S. Congress will not obstruct cooperation at the Russian-U.S. Presidential Commission's anti-drug working party, Federal Drug Control Service Director Viktor Ivanov told reporters on Monday.

"The working party will carry on its deliberations: this is a positive format, which enables us to withstand organized drug crime and to elaborate efficient measures for cutting the demand for narcotics," he said.

Ivanov will pay a working visit to the United States shortly for taking part in the 7th meeting of the working party.

The U.S. Senate endorsed the Magnitsky Act linked with the cancellation of the Jackson-Vanik Amendment.

Earlier, the act gained approval of the House of Representatives. It imposes financial and visa sanctions on Russian officials suspected by the United States of bearing relation to the death of Hermitage Capital lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in prison and other violations of human rights.

Russia said it would react to the bill.

Magnitsky died at a Moscow detention facility in 2009. Human rights activists and his family said there was no full-value inquiry into his death.

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