The House Passes Series Of Bills Targeting Vladimir Putin And Russia
According to The Hill, on Tuesday the House passed a series of bills which are meant to hold President Vladimir Putin accountable for the actions of his country. One measure condemns Putin for his advisors for covering up the assassination of Putin’s opponent, Boris Nemtsov, in 2015.
Only one lawmaker, Representative Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) dissented on the bill concerning Nemtsov’s assassination. Nemtsov was shot and killed in 2015 after challenging Putin for the presidency. Five Chechen men were charged for his death, but the resolution claims that Russian officials prevented others responsible for his murder from being charged.
“It's been four years since his death, but there's been no proper investigation of his assassination and the cover-up and zero accountability for those responsible — that's certainly an outrage," House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) said in a floor speech ahead of the vote. "This resolution condemns the Kremlin's systematic targeting of its political opponents and calls on the administration to impose sanctions on those responsible for Nemtsov's murder and cover-up.”
Another bill condemning the Russian annexation of Crimea also passed easily. 427 legislators supported the act, and only Massie voted no. The legislation bars federal departments from recognizing Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.
Another piece of legislation passed that would require the director of National Intelligence to submit three "assessments on the “political leadership of the Russian Federation” to provide information on potential action against NATO members, potential responses to the expanded role of the U.S. and NATO countries in eastern Europe and potential areas of weakness the Russian government could attempt to capitalize on."
Calls from Congress to be tough on Russia came after it was determined that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.