Russian parliament receives bill to penalize foreign sanctions

“Several Russian companies, including those with state participation, refuse, for one reason or another, to work with banks and companies that have already been subject to sanctions, because they fear that they will also be” sanctioned, explained Russian deputy Pavel Krasheninnikov. .

“To prevent the deterioration of the economic situation in the country, we propose to amend the Penal Code of the Russian Federation,” he added.

The bill sent to the Russian parliament, the Duma, would add an aggravating circumstance to the Criminal Code’s section on the crime of ‘abuse of power’, according to Russian state news agency TASS.

Enforcement of foreign sanctions would be punishable by a fine of up to 1 million rubles, in addition to imprisonment of up to ten years, with deprivation of the right to hold certain positions or carry out certain activities for up to three years.

On February 24, Russia launched a military offensive in Ukraine, which was condemned by the international community in general, which responded by sending arms to Ukraine and strengthening economic and political sanctions on Moscow.

The Australian government today announced a ban on the export to Russia of luxury goods, including wine, lobsters, clothing, footwear and exclusive car parts, among others, in response to the “illegal” invasion of Ukraine.

The measure – which follows steps announced by the United States, the European Union, Japan and the United Kingdom – takes effect on Thursday, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said in a statement.

To date, Canberra has allocated over 180 million Australian dollars (124 million euros) in aid to Ukraine, most of it military, such as the deployment of armored military vehicles in response to President Volodymyr Zelensky’s request.

Australia has also imposed a series of sanctions and measures against Russia and ally Belarus, covering more than 500 individuals and entities.

The Russian invasion killed at least 1,430 civilians, including 121 children, and injured 2,097, including 178 minors, according to the latest UN data, which warns that the real number of civilian casualties is likely to be much higher.

The war has already caused an undetermined number of military casualties and the flight of more than ten million people, of which 4.1 million to neighboring countries.

This is the worst refugee crisis in Europe since World War II (1939-1945) and the United Nations estimates that around 13 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.

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