MEPs Call for Sanctions Against Putin

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Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

9th March, 2016


MEPs have urged the Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, to apply personal sanctions against the Russian President Vladimir Putin and a further 28 people in connection with the case of Nadiya Savchenko.

The letter, signed by 57 MEPs, lists the names of those who are, in the opinion of the MEPs, “responsible for the political decision to kidnap Savchenko, transport her to the territory of Russia, illegally detain her and file fabricated charges”. Also, according to politicians, sanctions should be imposed on those who contributed to “legitimizing Russia’s actions in the eyes of the world community”.

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In addition to Putin, the list includes the head of the FSB Alexander Bortnikov, the head of the Duma Committee on International Affairs Alexei Pushkov, the head of the Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin, the self-proclaimed leader of the Luhansk People’s Republic Igor Plotnitsky, as well as a number of investigators, judges and other persons.

An appeal was posted on the Twitter account of Polish MEP Jacek Saryusz-Wolski.

The politicians believe that the sanctions should include a ban on issuing European visas, the freezing of assets, and the confiscation of all property on the territory of the European Union.

Nadezhda Savchenko is accused of involvement in the death of two journalists from VGTRK: Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin. According to investigators, in the summer of 2014, she was part of the “Aidar” battalion and led the correction of shelling by the Ukrainian troops in the Luhansk region. She indicated the coordinates for the shots that killed Russians. After that she crossed the border of Russia without documents under the guise of a refugee. However, during the verification of ID she was arrested so that her identity could be established. The Prosecutor demands that Savchenko is sentenced to 23 years of imprisonment.

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