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    The Department of Migration of Lithuania published the so-called "Magnitsky List" on Monday, which included the names of 49 Russians who were banned from entering the Baltic country, including Chechnya's leader Ramzan Kadyrov.

    Russia will respond to the publication of the Magnitsky List in Lithuania in accordance with the principle of reciprocity, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

    "Openly Russophobic actions of the Lithuanian lawmakers and authorities have long been unsurprising. Lithuania, as you know, has secured for itself the most unseemly place in the anti-Russian hysteria unleashed in the West," according to the ministry.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry also noted that "the publication of Lithuania's Magnitsky List is yet another confirmation of the desire of Vilnius at any cost to prove its hostility towards Russia."

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    Included in the list published by Lithuania on Monday, in particular, were the names of Chechnya's head Kadyrov and the head of the Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation Alexander Bastrykin.

    A bill, identical to the US Magnitsky Act, was unanimously adopted by the Parliament of Lithuania in November. It is aimed at preventing officials allegedly  involved in large-scale corruption, money laundering or human rights violations from entering the country. Earlier, similar laws imposing sanctions against foreign officials entered into force in Canada and the US.


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