Sanctions should be imposed on those who led the crackdown on protesters, U.S. lawmaker says
Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Intelligence Committee, issued a statement Sunday in support of the tens of thousands of Russians who took part in protests against the arrest of Alexei Navalny, calling for the immediate release of the opposition politician and for depriving the “corrupt Putin regime” of all forms of support.
“[Russian President] Vladimir Putin is a coward who is afraid of the strength and resilience of the Russian people,” Sass said. – Tens of thousands of Russians have taken to the streets because they are fed up with Putin and disagree with his tyrannical regime’s attempts to silence them. The free world has seen their courage.”
Sass demanded that the Kremlin immediately release Navalny and the thousands of Russians who have been unjustly arrested during the protests.
“The U.S. should immediately mobilize an international response to impose Magnitsky sanctions against those leading the crackdown on the protesters and invoke the provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention to inspect the Russian facilities that produced the nerve agents implicated in the poisoning of Navalny,” the statement continued.
“It is time for the freedom-loving world to cut off all avenues of support for Putin’s corrupt regime,” Sass summarized.