Russia to blacklist foreign officials linked to drug trafficking
The draft document has already been published on a special government website so the public can discuss it.
The current version reads that the sanctions must be applied to “[foreign] people who officially hold state powers and who, through their action or inaction, assist in the avoidance of punishment by people who commit crimes concerning the illegal turnover of drug substances.”
It also suggests blacklisting foreigners responsible for activities leading to the lifting of sentences or other cancellation of punishment for those convicted of drug-related crimes.
In addition to the ban on entering the Russian Federation and freezing of all assets in Russian banks and companies, the blacklisted officials would be banned from sponsoring NGOs registered on Russian territory. In case this restriction is violated, the involved NGOs would be shut down, the bill suggests.
Drug Enforcers want the final blacklist to be made by the Foreign Ministry. The particular decisions would be made in accordance with “information of operative importance,” but this definition is not explained.
The bill emphasizes the fact that imposing the sanctions does not require a court order because Russian law has a separate provision for people convicted of drug-related crimes.
Current Russian visa rules read that any foreign national, including officials, can be officially refused entry if it contradicts Russia’s national interests.
In addition, when the United States introduced the so-called Magnitsky
Act - blacklisting Russian officials, police and tax agents
and court figures for their alleged role in Human Rights
violations - Russia reciprocated with its own bill. Dubbed the
Dima Yakovlev Law (and sometimes the Guantanamo List), it imposed
sanctions on US officials and civil servants allegedly involved
in human rights violations and unlawful prosecution of Russian
citizens in the USA.