The law also allows the administration to compile a separate classified list that would subject officials only to visa bans. The administration can update both lists at any time.
Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., the author of the Magnitsky law, said in a statement Friday that he would work with the administration to "ensure that those who should be on this list are in fact on this list."
Associated Press writers Matthew Lee in Washington and Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow contributed to this report.
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