Observance of sanctions, an offence
30 April, 2018, 6:00 am
MOSCOW – Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev backs the idea of making it a criminal offence for Russians to observe sanctions imposed by the United States. Mr Medvedev said this in an interview broadcast on Saturday on state TV channel Rossiya 1.
Washington imposed sweeping sanctions on some of Russia’s biggest companies and businessmen on April 6, striking at allies of President Vladimir Putin to punish Moscow for its alleged meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and other so-called malign activities.
Asked about a proposal drafted by Russia’s lower house of parliament to criminalise observance of US sanctions, Mr Medvedev said the restrictions were aimed at destroying Russia’s socio-political system and harming the economy and individuals.
“If this is so, then the implementation of these sanctions by citizens of our country should be an offence. No one should have the right to observe these American sanctions for fear of having to take administrative or criminal liability,” he said.
Mr Medvedev also said that the government should support sanctions-hit Russian companies to ensure that jobs are not lost. Speaking on other issues, he said that Russia was on the brink of making a decision on raising the pension age.