U.S. blacklists Chechen leader Kadyrov, 4 others over human rights abuses, corruption

As the head of the Chechen Republic, Kadyrov oversees an administration involved in disappearances and extra-judicial killings.

The act envisages sanctioning Russian officials whom the United States considers to be responsible for human rights violations.

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) believe Kadyrov is 'responsible for extrajudicial killing, torture, or other gross violations of internationally recognized human rights'.

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 U.S. even if all the currency reserves in the country were promised to me as prizes".

"Yesterday, the USA extended the sanctioning legislative act by adding several more Russian citizens, including head of the Chechen Republic [Ramzan Kadyrov], bringing the number of our compatriots, who found themselves under various restrictions announced by Americans, to nearly 200 people". "In fact, the U.S. can not forgive me for dedicating my whole life to the fight against foreign terrorists among which there are bastards of America's special services".

The U.S. action came under its 2012 law named after Magnitsky, who after exposing the Hermitage fraud was subjected to physical and mental abuse while detained by Russian officials.He died in a pre-trial detention center in Moscow in 2009, with his treatment in captivity drawing worldwide condemnation.

The 37-year-old Magnitsky was arrested in 2008 after he uncovered a $230 million (€193 million) tax fraud scheme, according to United States authorities. While under investigation, Magnitsky accused a number of Russian officials of corruption. The Kremlin denies the allegation.

When asked about the June 2016 meeting, Trump Jr. admitted that they discussed the adoptions issue. The law expanded the power of the original Magnitsky act, which only targets Russian individuals for the same type of alleged abuses. The Trump administration is expected to use the law to target more individuals in the coming days.


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