Marco Rubio, Mark Warner Want More Sanctions on Putin Enablers

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the vice-chairman of the U.S Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, joined U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., the chairman of the committee, in sending a letter to U.S. Treasury Sec. Janet Yellen, requesting the administration increase sanctions on enablers of Vladimir Putin’s regime amid its war in Ukraine.

Specifically, the senators urged the administration to take into account the list of 6,000 such Russian officials and regime enablers compiled by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation.

Seven other senators from both parties signed the letter which is below.

Dear Secretary Yellen:

We write to you regarding the need to increase sanctions on enablers of the Putin regime in Russia, including those who provide support for Russia’s unjustified invasion of Ukraine.

While many of the Putin regime’s top figures are already subject to United States, European, and other nations’ sanctions, we believe it is important that lower-tier enablers of the regime’s aggressive policies, including its militarists, propagandists, corrupt officials, public supporters, senior federal officials, and legislators, also be subject to a sanctions regime to ensure that they cannot continue to support Russia’s reprehensible aggression, yet benefit from assets, vacations, or educational opportunities in the West.

Specifically, we urge you to take into account the list of 6,000 such Russian officials and regime enablers compiled by the Anti-Corruption Foundation of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

The goal of such sanctions should be to ensure that these individuals do not have access to assets in the United States or ability to travel to the U.S.; force them to leave their posts, thereby hollowing out the Putin regime’s capacity to continue its unjust war; and pressure such officials to denounce publicly Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and the corruption of the Putin regime.

On May 19, 2022, the European Parliament passed a resolution similarly calling for greater sanctions to impose consequences for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, including calling “to extend the list of individuals directly targeted by EU sanctions, including Russian oligarchs, taking into account the list of 6,000 individuals presented by Navalny’s Foundation.”

We stand ready to assist you as needed in implementing these targeted sanctions.

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