The US House of Representatives committee approved the sanctions list proposed by Navalny’s associates. There are 35 people in it – including Sechin and Abramovich.
The House of Representatives Regulations Committee of the US Congress approved a bill proposing to impose sanctions against 35 people from the list presented by associates of politician Alexei Navalny, whom they accuse of corruption and human rights violations. This was announced by Congressman Paul Massaro.
The sanctions list includes, in particular, businessmen Roman Abramovich, Alisher Usmanov and Oleg Deripaska, Rosneft chairman Igor Sechin, Gazprom head Alexei Miller, Channel One CEO Konstantin Ernst, RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan, chairman of the Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin, FSB director Alexander Bortnikov, Rosguard director Viktor Zolotov.
The bill was introduced as an amendment to the US defense budget – such a mechanism was previously used to impose sanctions against companies involved in the construction of Nord Stream 2.
Now the bill must be approved by the full composition of Congress. The document, if approved, will be of a recommendatory nature – the imposition of sanctions will remain at the discretion of the Joe Biden administration.
The list of 35 people was handed over to representatives of the EU and the United States by Navalny’s associates Leonid Volkov and Ivan Zhdanov in February 2021.
Navalny has consistently expressed the view that the sanctions imposed by the West on human rights violations against rank-and-file security officials are ineffective, and calls instead to impose sanctions on oligarchs from the circle of President Vladimir Putin.