The idea of the Rules Committee of the US House of Representatives to impose sanctions against 35 Russians allegedly involved in human rights violations was treated as an “internal parliamentary exercise” by the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov, Vedomosti reports.
On Wednesday night, the Committee on Rules approved a new amendment put forward by the Representative, Tom Malinowski, a Democratic Party member from New Jersey. The proposal gives the government a six-month deadline to consider imposing sanctions on 35 Russians under the ‘Global Magnitsky Act’ (a bipartisan bill passed by the US Congress in December 2012, intending to punish Russian officials responsible for the death of Russian tax lawyer Sergey Magnitsky).
Among those on the list created by Malinowski is Russia’s Prime Minister, Mikhail Mishustin, Moscow Mayor, Sergey Sobyanin, as well as the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov. Together with these officials, the list also includes Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich, First Channel CEO Konstantin Ernst, RT’s editor in chief Margarita Simonyan and many others.
The senior policy advisor responsible for OSCE economic and environmental policy, Paul Massaro, who posted the printscreens of the to-be-sanctioned Russians, defended the proposals as an ‘amazing counter-kleptocracy national defence bill’.
NEW: @KleptoCaucus @RepMalinowski @RepJohnCurtis national defense bill amendment forcing admin to evaluate all Navalny 35 human rights abusers and kleptocrats for sanctions – and naming every one of them – has been APPROVED by Rules Committee. And that’s not all! ?? pic.twitter.com/tKJOB28qyH
— Paul Massaro (@apmassaro3) September 22, 2021
However, the press secretary of the Russian President, Dmitry Peskov, took the new amendments for just “internal parliamentary exercise”.
“Firstly, such internal parliamentary exercises need to go a very long way in order for them to be formalized, especially activated. The fact that there are a huge number of people in the Congress in various commissions who are poorly versed in the Russian reality, but at the same time fiercely dislike our country, is no secret to anyone. But sooner or later, as such documents are promoted, they still reach those who combine dislike for our country with expert knowledge, so we think it’s too early to comment on such projects,” Peskov stated.