Poisoning, arrest of Navalny: U.S. Senate presents bill on anti-Russian targeted sanctions

Source : 112 Ukraine

The bill directs the administration to determine if the Kremlin has violated U.S. laws prohibiting the use of chemical and biological weapons
14:39, 4 February 2021

The U.S. Senate

The group of American congressmen presented at the Senate the bill on the personal sanctions against Russian officials involved in the arrest of oppositionist Alexei Navalny. The text of the document Holding Russia Accountable for Malign Activities Act of 2021 published on the website of Senator from the Republic Party Marco Rubio.

“This bill would impose targeted sanctions against Russian officials complicit in brazen violations of international law including the poisoning and imprisonment of opposition leader and anti-corruption activist Alexey Navalny,” the message said.

Related: Navalny′s wife Yulia detained at Moscow protest

The bill directs the administration to determine if the Kremlin has violated U.S. laws prohibiting the use of chemical and biological weapons. The bill also requires a report on the assassination of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, and on the personal wealth amassed by the corrupt practices of Vladimir Putin and his inner circle.

“To impose sanctions with respect to individuals associated with the Government of the Russian Federation who are complicit in the poisoning and repression of citizens of the Russian Federation for political motives, and for other purposes,” the text of the bill says.

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According to the document, the president should not later than 90 days after this bill comes into force, provides the Congress with the list of the officials of the Russian Federation involved in the poisoning of Navalny or concealing of his poisoning. Toward each person on the list, the president should impose sanctions in accordance with Magnitsky Law on global responsibility for human rights.

Particularly, the bill provides such restrictive measures for people in the mentioned list:

  • Asset blocking;
  • Ineligibility for visas, admission or parole;
  • Current visa revoked.

Related: Russian police detain over 1,500 people at rallies in support of Navalny

The co-authors of the bill are U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Chris Coons (Democratic Party) joined by Senators Ben Cardin (Democratic Party), Mitt Romney (Republican Party), Chris Van-Hollen (Democratic Party) and Dick Durbin (Democratic Party).

On February 2, the Moscow court sentenced Alexei Navalny to 3,5 years of imprisonment in the standard-regime penal colony. Thus, the suspended sentence in the "Yves Rocher" case became the jail time for the leading Russian opposition figure.

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