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US Congress demands the release of Russian political prisoners
In addition, the House of Representatives adopted a resolution in which Yevgeny Prigozhin’s activities were called a threat to the national security of the United States.
On Thursday, the US House of Representatives adopted a resolution demanding the release of Russian political prisoners.
The document, which is published on the Congress website, condemns the Russian state practice of imprisonment for political reasons and demands the release of persons recognized as political prisoners, in particular, by the Memorial Human Rights Center.
Several names are given in the document – these are former Yukos employee Alexei Pichugin, activists Konstantin Kotov and Anastasia Shevchenko, journalist Igor Rudnikov (currently released), Yuri Dmitriev and Dennis Christensen, convicted in connection with the activities of the Jehovah’s Witnesses religious organization banned in Russia.
American lawmakers called on all US officials who negotiate with the Russian side not to forget about the problem of political prisoners. Also, legislators recommend applying the “Magnitsky Act” or other sanctions laws to Russian officials responsible for the illegal deprivation of freedom of people.
Another resolution passed by the US Congress recognizes Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, who is close to Russian President Vladimir Putin, as a threat to the national interests and security of the United States. According to the position of American lawmakers, Yevgeny Prigozhin is responsible for financing subversive activities on the Internet against the United States, as well as for the activities of a private military company (PMC Wagner), which sows deadly conflicts around the world, including Ukraine, Syria, Libya and other countries..
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