The U.S. government is reviewing the list of Russian officials suspected of human rights abuses and subject to U.S. financial and visa sanctions under the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012, and this process should be finished by the end of the year, U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul said.

The legislation in question implies that the U.S. government is supposed to review the list every year and see whether some people should be added to or removed from the list, and this process is under way now, McFaul told journalists on Wednesday.

Asked whether new names were likely to be added to the list, he suggested that it was too early to say whether the list would be expanded and that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry would make the final decision on the matter.

McFaul pointed out that it is well known that there is an open and a closed part of this list, and no final decisions on them have been made yet.

A number of Western media outlets reported earlier with reference to U.S. officials that the so-called Magnitsky list, which the United States introduced at the end of 2012, could be expanded.

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