How Russia has 'disappointed' the U.S.: Let us count the waysLoading
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    Russians have a long-standing beef about the U.S. missile defense system planned for Europe, dating back to the Reagan administration’s disputes with the Soviet Union. The Russians see the system as a threat to the viability of their own nuclear arsenal as a deterrent. American officials have always maintained that the missile defenses are meant to protect NATO allies and counter any threat from Iran. Obama was denounced by Republican critics when in March 2012 he was caught, unaware that he was speaking into an open microphone, assuring Russia’s then-president, Dmitry Medvedev, that he would have more flexibility on the issue once re-elected. Russia complains there’s been little sign of movement on missile defense since Election Day.
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    Americans object to the way Russian leaders have tried to silence critical voices. The White House said it was “deeply disappointed and concerned” when opposition leader Alexei Navalny (pictured above) was sentenced to five years in prison on embezzlement charges last month. A colorful blogger turned protest leader, Navalny challenged the Kremlin by exposing corruption, mocking Russian leaders and running for mayor of Moscow.

    In April, the U.S. imposed financial sanctions on 18 Russians over human rights violations. The sanctions were sparked by the death in prison of a Russian lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, who had accused police and officials of stealing $230 million in tax rebates. Officials accused of profiting from the scheme or persecuting Magnitsky were hit with sanctions.

    U.S. leaders joined musicians and free speech advocates around the globe in denouncing the imprisonment last year of members of the punk rock band Pussy Riot. The three women were convicted of hooliganism after staging an anti-Putin protest inside a Russian Orthodox Church. Putin bristles at the U.S. criticism.
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    Putin signed a law last year banning U.S. adoptions of Russian children. The move was viewed within the U.S. as retaliation for the Magnitsky law that set in motion human rights sanctions against Russian officials.

    Photo caption: Opposition activists hold a poster reading "Do not involve children in politics" during a protest against a bill banning U.S. adoptions of Russian children in St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012.
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