Russia responded similarly to Canada's new sanctions, banning the entry of dozens of Canadian "Russophobes" into the country. This is stated in the commentary of the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova.
ЭBased on the principle of reciprocity, it was decided to close the entrance to the Russian Federation for a number of Canadian figures, a list of dozens of surnames, which are those Russophobic citizens of Canada who were systematically engaged in the destruction of bilateral relations, "the MFA representative said.
"We expect that the political circles of Canada will have an epiphany and they will abandon the disastrous course leading to further aggravation of bilateral relations," she added.
Earlier Canada imposed the personal sanctions against 30 Russians according to its analog of the 'Magnitsky Act'.
According to the message, the imposed sanctions connected to the acts of a significant corruption and tax fraud in the sum of 230 million dollars uncovered by Sergei Magnitsky in 2008 and to the subsequent gross violations of his legal and human rights during his investigation and pretrial detention, including psychological and physical abuse that ultimately led to his death in a Russian detention centre in November 2009'.
Sergei Magnitsky, an employee of the Hermitage Capital investment fund, died on November 16, 2009 in an investigative isolator in Moscow at the age of 37 from heart problems. Russian human rights activists say that the authorities deliberately ignored the poor state of his health in order to silence him.