Senate Panel Approves Bill to Sanction Russian Officials for Lawyer’s Death

By Colby Adams

Senate lawmakers approved a sanctions measure Tuesday aimed at Russian officials allegedly tied to the 2009 death of a well-known anti-corruption lawyer who was severely beaten in a Moscow prison. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved an amended version of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, which would mandate that U.S. banks freeze the assets of Russian officials tied to the lawyer's torture and other human rights violations. The House Foreign Affairs Committee passed a companion bill by voice vote earlier this month. Under the measures, which have yet to be approved by full votes and may...