U.S. sanctions Chechen president Kadyrov under Magnitsky Act

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

Sergei Magnitsky was a Russian lawyer who revealed alleged corruption at the highest levels of the Russian government. Artem Chayka is accused of using his father's position and power to unfairly award state-owned assets and contracts. The sanctions also target Sergey Kusiuk, commander of the Berkut Ukrainian special police force.

In 2016, the Magnitsky Act was expanded to allow the U.S.to target human rights abusers anywhere, not just in Russian Federation.

The other three Russians being targeted are accused of being involved in the criminal conspiracy in Russia that Magnitsky exposed.

The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on five Russians, including the leader of Chechnya, under a USA human rights law that has been a major irritant between Washington and Moscow.

In a statement, the US Department of the Treasury said: 'As the head of the Chechen Republic, Kadyrov oversees an administration involved in disappearances and extra-judicial killings.

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The Magnitsky Act is a human rights law that was passed by the US Congress and has been a major source of tension between Washington and Moscow, even before Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014 sent bilateral relations spiraling.

The Treasury Department froze the individuals' assets and publicly denounced "the egregious acts they've committed, sending a message that there is a steep price to pay for their misdeeds", Mnuchin added.

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

The sanctions list includes Yahya Jammeh (Jammeh), former president of Gambia; Roberto Jose Rivas Reyes, president of Nicaragua s Supreme Electoral Council; Dan Gertler, an global businessman, and Slobodan Tesic, who is among the biggest dealers of arms and munitions in the Balkans. Ayub Katayev, a Chechen Interior Ministry was also sanctioned.

Sergei Magnitsky was a Russian lawyer who was instrumental in exposing corruption at the Kremlin.

"I haven't been ordered to step foot on US soil yet".

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