U.S. Congress prepares bill on sanctions against Kremlin for persecution of opposition

The resolution urges the Russian Federation to release the political prisoners immediately

The Committee on Foreign Affairs of the U.S. House of Representatives prepared the draft resolution on the sanctions against the leadership of Russia for criminal persecution of the journalists, political opposition figures, civil society, and religious freedom activists as the press service of the House of Representatives reported.

“Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Michael T. McCaul, the Committee’s Ranking Member, today introduced legislation condemning the Kremlin’s practice of imprisoning journalists, political opposition figures, civil society, and religious freedom activists in Russia,” the message said.

The resolution urges the Russian Federation to release the political prisoners immediately.

“Vladimir Putin is a cruel authoritarian with a long track record of silencing civil liberties, including freedom of the press, freedom of speech, political opposition, and democracy. We need only to look at the violent killing of Putin-critic Boris Nemtsov to see how Putin brutally suppresses those who speak out against him,” Engel said.

The congressmen note that the bill should become a bipartisan message to Kremlin that the U.S. Congress supports ‘the heroes who put their lives at risk for freedom and democracy’.

The authors of the document urge Trump’s administration to support the resolution aiming for support of rights and freedoms of the Russian people and impose sanctions against Russian government officials responsible for violation of human rights.

The resolution of the House of Representatives #958:

  • Condemns the practice of politically motivated imprisonment by the Russian government, particularly under the leadership of President Vladimir Putin
  • Calls for the immediate release of those designated as political prisoners in the Russian Federation
  • Urges the Administration to impose sanctions on those responsible for these human rights abuses using the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, or other authorities

In 2016, the U.S. Congress unanimously supported a bill that provides the expansion of the Magnitsky law applies to every country in the world, not just to Russia. The law enables the US President to renew the list of foreign nationals that, in his view, are involved in corruption and human rights violations.

Canada, Estonia, and Lithuania have also adopted similar legislative acts.

In October 2017, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin claimed that the so-called “Magnitsky act”, which provides a package of sanctions against Russia, is based on political games.

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12 comments

  • “Vladimir Putin is a cruel authoritarian with a long track record of silencing civil liberties, including freedom of the press, freedom of speech, political opposition, and democracy. We need only to look at the violent killing of Putin-critic Boris Nemtsov to see how Putin brutally suppresses those who speak out against him,”

    I would applaud one Western leader coming out with a statement like this, instead of appeasing the little bastard.

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  • Oh no, it looks like the word Ukraine is largely if not completely missing from this legislation. While it seeks to punish the same fascism it calls attention to internal Moskali repression. Putin is doing this worldwide so he will laugh at this and may even consider it a victory.
    Please include Ukraine specifically in this legislation! I’m writing my congressmen.

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    • Seems they think oppression in Russia is more important than invading another country, and oppressing the civilians in parts of the country it annexed.

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      • I just finished my letter to congress but I will not add it here because of the personal info in it. I listed specific foreign atrocities and suggested he change it to reflect Putin’s foreign human rights abuses. Putin will just laugh if the US tries to tell him what to do with his sheep and call it foreign interference. He knows I’m available for any details :))

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        • Yeah, I don’t give a crap what Putin does in his own shithole, but outside the said shithole is another matter. It’s nothing to do with the US either, unless they break a US law in the process.

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        • If possible redders, please could you post an edited version of your letter? I would like to see it and of course the reply! It would be heartwarming if you were to get a result!

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          • Sorry, I sent it through the Congressional server and don’t have a copy. If they respond then I will with redactions. Thanks Sir Scradge.

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            • Do you think he will respond?

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              • About a month ago I wrote to Priti Patel, UK Home Sec, about ‘Reframing Russia’, a truly execrable site that I think you introduced me to? I asked if she thought it appropriate for taxpayers’ money to be used to further the objectives of a hostile fascist power?
                I got a standard reply that it would take 20 working days before the matter will be addressed. So, we’ll see!

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                • Yes I remember that. As far as I’m concerned we could all frame our requests as being administrators for Ukraine Today .org. I haven’t yet but we have posted 6,000 articles here and using the search function you can find tons of related materials here. They might find it useful and in English!

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              • I’ve dealt with him in the past. He has responded but he’s also just sent out generic mass mail related to the topic. It’s very lazy representation. For example, if you write about the economy he would reply by telling you all the wonderful things he’s done for the economy and not necessarily answer any questions.

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  • onlyfactsplease

    I am truly glad for every additional sanction.
    Having said that, I also appreciate Canada, Estonia, and Lithuania for adopting similar legislative acts. These nations, in particular the Baltic ones, display more bravery and foresight than the fat krauts, frog eaters, and spaghettis put together.

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