Biden to Sanction Hundreds of Russian Lawmakers- WSJ

Biden to Sanction Hundreds of Russian Lawmakers- WSJ
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Biden administration preparing sanctions on more than 300 members of Russia’s lower house of parliament as soon as Thursday

By Vivian Salama for WSJ |

Islam News – The U.S. administration is preparing sanctions on most members of Russia’s State Duma, the lower house of parliament, as part of an effort to punish Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine, the Wall Street Journal reported today.

President Biden intends to announce the sanctions on more than 300 members of the Russian State Duma as soon as Thursday during his trip to Europe, where he will meet with allies from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to formulate their next steps, according to U.S. officials and internal documents viewed by The Wall Street Journal.

The sanctions will be announced in coordination with the European Union and members of the Group of Seven industrialized nations, U.S. officials said.

Planned sanctions packages frequently are postponed, reworked or narrowed during the interagency review process before being finalized and published, an official said.

The coming sanctions package, which will target 400 individuals, including 328 lawmakers and Russian elites, comes in the fourth week of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Sanctions were imposed on Mr. Putin himself last month, as well as on a number of top officials within his government.

The Russian Federal Assembly consists of the 450-seat State Duma and a 170-seat upper chamber, the Federation Council.

Last month, Russian lawmakers passed a direct appeal to Mr. Putin to recognize the Russian-controlled separatist states of Donetsk and Luhansk, a move that pre-empted Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

This month, a committee in the State Duma approved a law criminalizing the distribution of what it said was “false news” about Russia’s military operations against Ukraine. The bill included potential prison sentences of up to 15 years.

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