Russian Opposition Wants US Trade Sanctions Tossed

Law360, New York (March 12, 2012, 8:09 PM EDT) -- Several Russian opposition leaders on Monday called for the U.S. to repeal a set of symbolic, Cold War-era trade restrictions, saying that keeping them on the books would limit the country's economic growth and help President-elect Vladimir V. Putin conjure up anti-American sentiment.

The restrictions, part of the Jackson-Vanik amendment to the 1974 Trade Act, were meant to pressure the Soviet Union to allow its citizens to emigrate. Though the trade sanctions required under the amendment have routinely been waived in recent years, they have remained...
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