John M. Becker

Obama Sanctions Author of Russia's 'Gay Propaganda' Ban

Filed By John M. Becker | March 17, 2014 2:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Crimea, gay propaganda, Russia, Russian anti-gay law, Russian anti-LGBT laws, sanctions, Ukraine, Vladimir Putin, Yelena Mizulina

Elena_Mizulina.jpgToday, as part of the U.S. and European response to Russia's repeated violations of Ukraine's sovereignty and seizure of Crimea, President Obama announced U.S. sanctions on 11 top Russian officials.

Among the officials whose assets will be frozen and visas banned is Yelena Mizulina, the chair of the Duma's committee on family, women and children, who wrote the country's infamous ban on so-called "gay propaganda."

From the New York Times:

President Obama signed an executive order freezing the assets and banning visas for a number of Russians deemed to be responsible for the seizing of Crimea or otherwise interfering in Ukrainian sovereignty. Among those targeted were several officials in President Vladimir V. Putin's inner circle, and the White House threatened to go after more if Russia did not back down...

Among those penalized on Monday were Vladislav Surkov, for years one of Mr. Putin's most influential advisers, known as the Kremlin's "gray cardinal"; Sergei Glazyev, an economist who has been advising Mr. Putin on Ukraine; Valentina Matviyenko, chairman of the Federation Council, the upper house of Parliament; and Dmitry Rogozin, a deputy prime minister. No sanctions were placed on Mr. Putin.

Others named by the White House were Leonid Slutsky and Yelena Mizulina, members of the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament; and Andrey Klishas, a member of the Federation Council who wrote a bill to seize assets of Western individuals and assets in retaliation for any sanctions imposed on Russia.

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