The provision requires the
The bill is a significant legislative victory for Cardin, a Maryland Democrat who has promoted the measure for years and who managed to steer it through an otherwise gridlocked
Cardin's bill was a response to the death of Sergei Magnitsky, a 37-year-old lawyer who died in custody in Russia after exposing government corruption.
"Now we start a new chapter in human rights," Cardin said at a press conference on Capitol Hill Thursday. "The legislation sets a precedent for international conduct that we expect will be honored globally."
The law comes at a time of delicate diplomacy with Russia. Despite the Obama administration's earlier effort to "reset" its relationship with Moscow, there have been disputes between the two nations over
In a statement, the Russian foreign ministry described the Senate vote as "a performance in the theater of the absurd." The Kremlin has threatened to retaliate for the bill.
"We are sending a signal to
In a statement that focused mainly on its trade provisions, Obama said he will sign the measure.