US sanctions Russian officials over dissident deaths
The US blacklisted five Russian officials Monday over the deaths of two dissidents. Some are accused of covering up the death of Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer who died in prison in 2009 after exposing corruption. Others were allegedly involved in the death of Alexander Litvinenko, a former spy poisoned in London in 2006. Among the officials is senior federal investigator Aleksandr Bastrykin, considered a close aide to president Vladimir Putin.