The "Guantanamo List" (Russian: список Гуантанамо) is the list of US politicians and citizens barred from entry into Russia for being responsible for human rights abuses, primarily in Guantanamo Bay detention camp, a "symmetric response" to the Magnitsky List.[1]


Initially the list, compiled in December 2012, contained 11 US officials responsible for running the Guantanamo prison.[2] The Russian law to match the Magnitsky Act was signed by Vladimir Putin on January 28, 2012.[2] In January 2013 Aleksey Pushkov, a Russian Parliamentarian, announced that the list had been expanded to 60 people, to include people related to the prosecution of Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, a prosecution which was described as politically motivated, and of a Russian drug dealer Konstantin Yaroshenko, allegedly kidnapped by the US in Liberia.[1]

In April 2013, an expanded list was published to include 18 US officials, four of whom were connected with Guantanamo and 12 who were declared responsible for human rights violations of Russian citizens abroad.[citation needed]

In July 2014, the Guantanamo list was further expanded with 10 people responsible for Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse and 2 more related to Guantanamo, a symmetric response to the American List of individuals sanctioned during the Ukrainian crisis.[3]

List of banned people

The people banned from Russia are listed below: US officials accused of involvement in legalizing torture and indefinite detention of prisoners:[citation needed]

The Russian lawmakers also banned several U.S. officials involved in the prosecution and trial of Russian arms smuggler Viktor Bout and drug smuggler Konstantin Yaroshenko, both serving prison time in the United States:[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Bennetts, Marc. "Russia's 'Guantanamo list' targets Americans". Washington Times. Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  2. ^ a b МИД РФ признал и расширил "список Гуантанамо" [The Russian Foreign Ministry recognized and expanded the "Guantanamo list"] (in Russian). BBC Русская служба. January 18, 2013. Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  3. ^ МИД РФ опубликовал список граждан США, которым закрыт въезд в Россию [The Russian Foreign Ministry published a list of US citizens who have been denied entry to Russia]. (in Russian). 2014-07-19. Retrieved 2016-01-15.