The Russian Foreign Ministry released this list on April 13, 2013, in response to the U.S. Treasury April 12 sanctions barring certain Russian citizens barred from entering the United States under the Magnitsky Act.
The Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Alexander Lukashevich gave the following remarks upon the release of the U.S. and Russian lists:
"Unfortunately we state that, observing provisions of the absurd "Magnitsky Act", the American party publicized names of Russian citizens against whom visa and financial sanctions are introduced. Our principled evaluation of this unfriendly step is well known – our bilateral relations and mutual trust were severely affected under the pressure of Russophobic members of the US Congress.
We certainly did not leave this unanswered and have duly reacted to this intervention into our internal affairs. Today names of Americans included into the "stop list" to whom based on the Federal Law "About sanctions against persons involved in the violation of fundamental rights and liberties of peoples, rights and liberties of citizens of the Russian Federation" are from now on prohibited entry to the territory of Russia, were posted at the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
We draw you attention that unlike the American list that was formed spontaneously, our list includes primarily those, who were involved in the legalization of tortures and term less detention in Guantanamo Bay detention camp, arrests and kidnapping of Russian citizens in third countries, infringements on their life and health.
The war of lists is not our choice, but we have no right to leave this explicit blackmailing unanswered. It is time for politicians in Washington to become aware that there are no prospects to establish relations with a country such as Russia in the spirit of mentoring and undisguised dictate."