Putin criticises U.S. bill to punish Russian rights abusers

MOSCOW Thu Dec 13, 2012 6:04am EST

MOSCOW Dec 13 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday criticised U.S. legislation designed to punish Russian violators of human rights, calling it a "purely political, unfriendly act."

Putin spoke one week after the U.S. Senate approved a bill that would require the United States to deny visas and freeze the assets of people involved in the abuse and death of Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian anti-corruption lawyer who died in a Moscow jail in 2009, and other alleged rights violators.