Russia bans US meat 'over diplomatic row'

Parliament appears to be retaliating against a US law targeting Russian officials accused of corruption.

    Russia's lower parliament appears to be retaliating against a US law that targets Russian officials accused of corruption.

    The Duma has already imposed restrictions on US pork and beef imports and is now considering a host of other punitive measures.

    A trade bill passed in the US Senate on Friday will deny visas and freeze the assets of Russian officials linked to the death of a Russian whistleblower.

    Sergei Magnitsky uncovered evidence of a $230m Russian tax fraud, but himself ended up accused of the crime.

    He died in suspicious circumstances in a Moscow jail in 2009. Russian health officials deny the ban on US meat is politically motivated.

    Al Jazeera's Robin Forestier-Walker reports from Moscow.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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