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Fri Jan 18, 2013, 06:34 PM

Top U.S. commander denied visa in rights row: Russia

Source: Reuters

Top U.S. commander denied visa in rights row: Russia

MOSCOW | Fri Jan 18, 2013 3:27pm EST

(Reuters) - Russia denied entry to a former commander of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in retaliation against U.S. moves to punish Russian human rights violators, Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Denisov said on Friday.

The United States finalized the Magnitsky Act, named after an anti-corruption lawyer who died in a Moscow prison in 2009, in December to bar entry for alleged Russian rights violators and freeze any assets they hold in the United States.

Russia denied a visa to Rear Admiral Jeffrey Harbeson, former commander at the Guantanamo U.S. Naval Base in Cuba who now oversees Europe, NATO and Russia affairs at the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, a state-linked newspaper said in December.

Izvestia said Harbeson was denied a visa at the end of 2011, when Washington had already denied visas to some Russians believed to be linked to Sergei Magnitsky's death.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/18/us-russia-usa-visa-idUSBRE90H15T20130118

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