Congressional Digest

International Debates Archives November 2013 No. 8 Vol. 11
Human Rights in Russia

Human Rights in Russia

The Magnitsky Act and U.S.−Russia Relations

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When Russia emerged from the remnants of the Soviet Union, many Americans hoped that country might become a similarly minded Western democracy, but that has not been the case. Instead, the relationship between Russia and the United States has been complex, with alternating periods of friendship and tension.

When President George W. Bush first met Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2001, he famously proclaimed that he got a sense of Putin’s soul. But later attempts by the United States to build a ballistic missile defense program to shield Europe from Iran were seen by Russia as a provocative move: NATO memb…

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