MOSCOW, Feb 9 – RIA Novosti. The Kremlin believes that de jure calls for sanctions against the Russian Federation are not treason, said the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov, recalling the initiative in the State Duma to equate this with a crime.
Earlier it was reported that the Council of the State Duma decided to create a working group, which, on behalf of the chairman of the chamber, Vyacheslav Volodin, will deal with the issue of criminal liability for actions that may harm the citizens or the economy of the Russian Federation. Volodin, commenting on a letter from the Anti-Corruption Foundation * to US President Joe Biden with a proposal to impose sanctions against a number of Russian citizens, did not rule out punishment under the Criminal Code for such actions. “De jure, no, de jure this is not any illegal act , but we know with you that already in parliament an initiative was announced to equate such actions with criminal acts, “Peskov said, answering the question of whether the call of some Russian citizens for sanctions against others in the international field is treason to their homeland.
He also noted that de facto the attitude of the overwhelming majority of Russians to such actions is quite obvious.
“It is obvious that there is a demand for such initiatives, and it is obvious that it will enjoy such an initiative with great support,” Peskov told reporters.
Earlier, the Washington Post published a full list of persons against whom the FBK * calls on the US leadership to impose sanctions, entrepreneur Roman Abramovich, VTB deputy chairman of the board Denis Bortnikov, VTB head Andrei Kostin, head of the Ministry of Health Mikhail Murashko, head of the Ministry of Agriculture Dmitry Patrushev, Chairman of VEB.RF Igor Shuvalov, journalist Vladimir Soloviev and entrepreneur Alisher Usmanov.
As follows from copies of the letter, which, in addition to the Washington Post, tweeted by BuzzFeed News journalists, the message dated January 29 was addressed to US President Joe Biden and also sent to the US Department of State, Treasury and the Director of National Intelligence. The author of the letter is the director of FBK * Vladimir Ashurkov, who in his address to Biden notes that the fund had prepared a list of 35 persons even before its founder Alexei Navalny returned from Berlin to Russia. Ashurkov asks the American President to impose sanctions against the named persons in order to “limit corruption and human rights violations.” Previously, Peskov stated that FBK * by this appeal to the United States de jure and de facto demonstrated its status as a foreign agent.
* The Anti-Corruption Foundation is included by the Russian Ministry of Justice in the register of NGOs performing the functions of a foreign agent.