An open letter to the U.S. Congress

Impose sanctions to individuals associated with the Russian government

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On behalf of concerned Russian speaking community, we wish to draw your attention to the brutal political repression against protesting Russian citizens by the Russian government. We encourage you to support the bipartisan “Holding Russia Accountable for Malign Activities Act of 2020”. This act was recently re-introduced by Senators Marco Rubio, Chris Coons, Ben Cardin, Mitt Romney, Chris Van-Hollen and Dick Durbin. Please include with this act the list of 35 individuals (Addendum 1) proposed for sanctions by Vladimir Ashurkov (Executive Director of Anti-Corruption Foundation) in his letter to President Biden from January 29, 2021. Since Navalny’s arrest, peaceful demonstrators have been brutally attacked and arrested for trying to exercise their right to protest these actions. Thousands of people have been detained and prosecuted, with widespread reports of torture. Putin's dangerous regime is a threat not only to the Russian people, but also for the neighboring states and international security. We are convinced that the most effective measures to protect human rights and combat Kremlin aggression are personal sanctions against corrupt representatives of Putin's regime. In this regard, we encourage you to support the “Holding Russia Accountable for Malign Activities Act of 2021” which:
 Will determine if the Kremlin has violated U.S. laws prohibiting the use of chemical and biological weapons.
 Will require a report on the assassination of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov
 Will require report on the personal wealth amassed by the corrupt practices of Vladimir Putin and his inner circle.
 Directs the President to impose visa and asset-blocking sanctions on any current or former official of Russia's government involved in the August 20, 2020, poisoning of a Russian opposition leader or the subsequent cover-up of the poisoning.
 Our aspirations are shared by thousands of people who have demonstrated for the release of Alexei Navalny and other political prisoners by holding peaceful protests in United States, and around the world.

First sent on February 12 by Daria

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