The US government included the head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov and four other Russians to the sanctions list in accordance with a law known as the Magnitsky Act for Human Rights Violations, the press service of the US Treasury reported.

“The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated five individuals pursuant to the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 (the Magnitsky Act),” reads the message.

Kadyrov was included in the sanctions list for being responsible for extrajudicial killing, torture, or other gross violations of internationally recognized human rights committed against individuals seeking to expose illegal activity carried out by officials of the Government of the Russian Federation.

Apart from Kadyrov, the list also includes Ayub Kataev, Yulia Mayorova, Andrei Pavlov and Alexei Sheshenya. The sanctions will come into force on 21 December.

Reference: The so-called Magnitsky list is the list adopted by the US Senate in the form of a legislative act, initially including 60 officials and law enforcement officers of the Russian Federation, allegedly involved in the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. Individuals, whose names are on this list, fall under personal sanctions, namely, a ban on entry into the United States for violation of human rights, as well as blocking property or assets under US control.

Reportedly, deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Anna Hopko and Georgy Logvinsky proposed to make a new list of "Magnitsky", including Russian officials who participated in the repression against Ukrainian citizens in the Crimea. They intend to apply to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe With such an initiative.