Russia bans congressman, 12 other Americans

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UNITED STATES - JANUARY 15: Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., talks on the phone in his Rayburn office on the day he announced his retirement from Congress. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 08: Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., speaks to the media in the Capitol Visitor Center after a meeting of the House Democratic caucus. The Congressmen mostly made statements on the government shutdown. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 15: Twelve term Senior Congressman Jim Moran of Virginia, elected by Northern Virginia's for the last 23 years, calls political colleagues from his Capitol Hill office the morning of the leak of his decision not to seek re-election for Congress, on Wednesday, January 15, 2014. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
FORT ASHBY, WV - MAY 15: Lynndie England, former United States Army reservist convicted in 2005 by Army court martial in connection with the torture and prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad poses for pictures on May 15, 2009 in Fort Ashby, West Virginia, USA. England is primarily known for a series of pictures from the prison where she flashes the thumbs up sign in front of naked Iraqi detainees. (Photo by Jeff Hutchens/Getty Images)
FORT ASHBY, WV - MAY 15: Lynndie England, former United States Army reservist convicted in 2005 by Army court martial in connection with the torture and prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad poses for pictures on May 15, 2009 in Fort Ashby, West Virginia, USA. England is primarily known for a series of pictures from the prison where she flashes the thumbs up sign in front of naked Iraqi detainees. (Photo by Jeff Hutchens/Getty Images)
FORT ASHBY, WV - MAY 15: Lynndie England, former United States Army reservist convicted in 2005 by Army court martial in connection with the torture and prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad poses for pictures on May 15, 2009 in Fort Ashby, West Virginia, USA. England is primarily known for a series of pictures from the prison where she flashes the thumbs up sign in front of naked Iraqi detainees. (Photo by Jeff Hutchens/Getty Images)
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MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia has placed a U.S. lawmaker and 12 other people connected with the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq on its list of those banned from entering the country.

In a statement Saturday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said congressman Jim Moran, a Democrat from Virginia, was banned in response to the July 2 U.S. ban on Russian parliament member Adam Delimkhanov. He said Moran had been repeatedly accused of financial misdeeds but did not elaborate.

The other 12, including Guantanamo commander Rear Adm. Richard Butler and Lynndie England, a former soldier convicted of abusing prisoners in Abu Ghraib, were banned in response to the United States' adding 12 names in May to the so-called Magnitsky List of Russians sanctioned for human rights abuses.

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