Navalny associates accused of ‘treason’ by outstanding Moscow senator after lobbying Biden for extra US sanctions towards Russia

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A letter despatched to US President Joe Biden by allies of jailed opposition determine Alexey Navalny has sparked a fierce backlash in Moscow. It requires harsh measures towards high-profile Russian officers and businessmen.

The Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK), arrange by Navalny in 2011, has requested the White House for contemporary sanctions, native media reported on Sunday. The group is registered as a ‘foreign agent’ by the Russian Ministry of Justice, as a result of it has obtained funding from overseas previously.

The enchantment calls on Biden to focus on the “corrupt Russian allies of President [Vladimir] Putin.”“We would be grateful if the US would take concrete policy and sanctions actions to limit corruption and abuse of human rights,” it stated.

Among these on the checklist are billionaire Roman Abramovich, the nation’s Minister for Health Mikhail Murashko and 33 different outstanding Russians. However, amidst these singled out by the group, seven of these named are already focused underneath present US sanctions lists.

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Vladimir Ashurkov, govt director of the muse, advised CNN that the letter was personally addressed to Biden as chief of the world’s “most powerful country.”“If anyone can do anything, it is the United States,” he stated. The group is reportedly planning to ship related letters to leaders of the European Union and the United Kingdom.

First Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs Vladimir Dzhabarov slammed the group in feedback made to RIA Novosti. “It smacks of treason,” he declared. “Can you imagine an American organization appealing to Vladimir Putin with a request to impose sanctions on the US president?”

The senator added that “this must be harshly suppressed. There must be a strong reaction from law enforcement agencies, the Office of the Prosecutor General, and  [the state security agency] the FSB.”

The US, members of the EU and different nations had been contemplating a brand new bundle of sanctions within the wake of Navalny’s arrest at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport earlier in January. He was detained after flying home from Berlin, the place he was transferred in a comatose state after what his supporters, and a few worldwide observers, allege was a state-sponsored poisoning with the nerve agent Novichok.

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The opposition determine is accused of violating the phrases of a three-and-a-half yr suspended sentence for fraud. He is because of stand trial over the fees in early February. On Sunday, his supporters gathered in Moscow and cities throughout the nation to protest for his launch.

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