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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Magnitsky Bill to Get Vote Thursday

MTA pin worn by an activist bearing the face of Sergei Magnitsky and the words We demand justice.

U.S. lawmakers plan to vote on the "Magnitsky List" legislation this week, raising the specter of a harsh response from the Kremlin.

Thebill, introduced bya group ofinfluential U.S. senators that includes former Republican presidential candidate John McCain, would blacklist Russian officials linked tothe 2009 jail death ofHermitage Capital lawyer Sergei Magnitsky and other officials implicated in human rights violations.

Russia has accused theUnited States ofmeddling inits internal affairs with the legislation.

"If thenew anti-Russian Magnitsky bill is passed, it would require aresponse fromus," presidential aide Yury Ushakov said last week, adding that Moscow hoped it would not happen, RIA-Novosti reported.

The U.S. House’s Foreign Affairs Committee will put the bill up for a vote Thursday, according to acommittee schedule published over theweekend.

Magnitsky was arrested shortly after he accused tax andpolice officials of embezzling $230 million. A independentinquiry by the Kremlin’s human rights council found that he died after being beaten by prison guards. One prison doctor has been charged with negligence, but no one has been convicted in the death.

TheU.S. State Department, hoping to avoid the congressional action amid efforts by President Barack Obama to “reset” relations, banned several dozen Russian officials implicated in the death last summer ina move that sparked atit-for-tat response fromthe Russian side, which said it also banned several U.S. officials.