11/21, 1:32 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Russia designates 25 UK officials over Magnitsky case

The Russian Foreign Ministry announced on Saturday it had banned the entry of 25 British officials in response to the United Kingdom's sanctions on Moscow over the death of Russian tax advisor Sergei Magnitsky.

The ministry's spokeswoman Maria Zakharova urged Britain to abandon its "unsubstantiated confrontational line towards Russia." Furthermore, she the motives behind London's actions as "far-fetched" and "absurd."

Earlier this year, Britain imposed sanctions on Russia over the death of Magnitsky, known for his investigations of tax evasion and fraud, whose death in prison in 2009 raised international concerns over violation of human rights.

Breaking the News / JR