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By Donald Lambro
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Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Pavel Khodorkovsky
The Obama administration's "reset" of its relationship with Russia has largely failed, and in his second term, the president must press Moscow harder on human rights, which are under threat from President Vladimir Putin, Russian opposition leaders and Kremlin critics say.
A decision by Russian authorities to go ahead with the trial of a dead lawyer is yet another example of the "endless vendetta" against him, a U.S. congressman said Monday.
"In the past five years, we have seen a [U.S.] policy [toward Russia] that has largely made it difficult to uphold human rights and at least make sure that they are not ignored," he said.
"The activism of the U.S. Congress and its members' devotion to see the Magnitsky Act implemented in the same spirit as the law has been enacted carries a very strong message to the executive branch of the government," he said.