RUSSIALINK: “Kara-Murza Jr. to face criminal liability if Duma adopts law on punishment for sanctions – Isayev” – Interfax

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MOSCOW. May 16 (Interfax) – Vladimir Kara-Murza Jr., deputy chairman of the movement Open Russia, may fall under the bill criminalizing actions leading to the introduction of foreign sanctions against Russia if the bill is adopted, Andrei Isayev, first deputy chairman of the United Russia faction, said.

“Among the people I know who are doing it is Vladimir Kara-Murza Jr., who said he had succeeded the introduction of the Magnitsky Act in eight states and would keep working on it. It’s called acknowledgement of guilt of this crime, if it [the bill] is adopted,” Isayev told reporters on Wednesday.

The document may also apply “to some other persons who are openly saying they make such lists, they make recommendations on how to deliver more painful blows, that is, people who are openly saying they are engaging in these activities,” he said.

“One will have to prove that the person did not just commit some actions, but did that on purpose, wanted consequences to occur, that the person wanted sanctions to be imposed on Russia,” Isayev said.

In the meantime, Vladimir Kara-Murza Jr. earlier told Interfax he would not stop working abroad to push for sanctions against those who, according to him, “violate Russian laws and the rights of Russian citizens.”