"As a result of the adoption of this law, in case the Canadian blacklist is expanded, Russia will reciprocate. We regret that the Canadian authorities continue to undermine bilateral relations and choose the path of self-isolation from Russia. On the contrary, Moscow is "open" to collaboration with Ottawa. We believe that it would be much more beneficial for our countries to cooperate, in such fields as the counterterrorism fight, economy, and in the Arctic development," Borisenko said.
Meanwhile, on October 5, Canada’s House of Commons unanimously passed the law, envisaging the imposition of restrictive economic measures on foreign nationals responsible for alleged human rights violations.
Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer with Hermitage Capital Management, was arrested on suspicion of participation in a tax evasion scheme and died in a pre-trial detention center in Moscow in 2009. In late 2012, the United States adopted the Magnitsky Act, imposing travel bans and economic sanctions against Russian officials allegedly involved in the lawyer's death.