CONCORD, NH – The Lantos Foundation hails the passage of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act. We have long advocated for this legislation and are extremely pleased that the United States Congress has sent a clear signal to Russia at a time when Putin’s government is rapidly retreating from democracy and respect for the rule of law. Passage of this important legislation sends a critical message; the government of the United States is watching, and there will be consequences for the kind of criminality uncovered in the Magintsky murder. Human rights and democracy activists across Russia are looking to the United States for moral support and leadership as they fight for a democratic future for their country. Today’s passage of the Magnitsky Act is a step in the right direction.