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Ukraine’s Rada speaker signs recommendation to impose sanctions against Russian president

April 27, 2015, 10:52 UTC+3

The parliament recommends to impose sanctions on 35 individuals, including Russian President Vladimir Putin

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Ukraine’s Rada speaker Volodymyr Groysman

Ukraine’s Rada speaker Volodymyr Groysman

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KIEV, April 27. /TASS/. Ukraine’s Rada speaker Volodymyr Groysman has signed a decree recommending Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council to impose individual sanctions against several Russian citizens, including the president, the Ukrainian parliament’s press service said on Monday.

The Verkhovna Rada adopted the decree by 256 votes on April 22. The parliament recommends to impose sanctions on 35 individuals who, according to Rada deputies, are linked to "illegal custody" of Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko. Savchenko is accused of complicity in the killing of two Russian journalists, Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin, last summer and illegally crossing the Russian border.

The list of recommended sanctions includes Russian President Vladimir Putin, First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Administration Vyacheslav Volodin, presidential adviser Vladislav Surkov, State Duma Chairman Sergey Naryshkin, Federal Security Service director Alexander Bortnikov, Investigative Committee (IC) head Alexander Bastyrkin, IC spokesman Vladimir Markin, Chairman of Duma’s Committee on International Affairs and head of the Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Alexey Pushkov and deputy head of Russia’s delegation to PACE Leonid Slutsky.

Also on the list are former Federation Council Deputy Speaker Alexander Torshin, who currently serves as deputy chairman of Russia’s Central Bank, Russian businessmen Arkady and Boris Rotenberg and Gennady Timchenko. Several Russian investigators, prosecutors, judges and representatives of other agencies were also included in the document.

Rada’s decree does not clarify what kind of individual sanctions may be introduced against Russian citizens.

The Ukrainian parliament also approved an address to international organization, inter-parliamentary assemblies and governments to impose similar sanctions on Russian citizens.

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