Chrystia Freeland announced the decision last night.
A Parliament committee agreed last month to support amending Canada's sanctions rules to include rights violators, acting in honor of the Russian whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky, who died in a Moscow prison in 2009 after accusing officials of a USD 230 million tax fraud.
The government's decision is bound to further strain relations with Russia, which has reacted strongly to the imposition of Magnitsky-style legislation elsewhere.
Ottawa and Moscow have their own differences, which includes a Russian travel ban on Freeland.
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