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house Bill H. Res. 1145

Should the House Condemn the Poisoning of Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny?

Argument in favor

The poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, which was likely orchestrated by Russian government officials, is an abhorrent act that the House of Representatives should formally condemn. This resolution all emphasizes the need for transparent investigations into Navalny’s poisoning, and for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

jimK's Opinion
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11/18/2020
Yes, they should condemn Putin’s use of nerve agents to take out his opposition. There is little meat to this, but it is a statement of principle. On this topic, Putin will not want the trump to ‘tattle’ on how or why he has managed to gain such influence over the trump beyond his appealing to the trump’s narcissistic ego. There sure appears that there is more ‘there’ there. If I were the Trump, I would avoid buying tea in airports after January 20th. Those tiny doses of the Russian Novichok nerve agent seem to be very effective in silencing those who would challenge or expose Putin. Perhaps the NY prosecutors should put the trump in protective custody for a few years so he can avoid crowds where a blow gun and a Novichok pellet could protect Putin from having the basis for his overwhelming influence over the trump exposed.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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11/18/2020
Should the house condemn poisoning... anybody. Poisoning people is bad. Full stop. No matter who.
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larubia's Opinion
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11/18/2020
The House should condemn Russians for the poisoning of Alexei Navalny...AND putting bounties on the heads of US service men & women AND meddling in our elections!
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Argument opposed

The U.S. government already did some of what this bill suggests in terms of condemning the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and pressing for transparent investigations. This legislation is non-binding and doesn’t require any action from the federal government.

B.R.'s Opinion
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11/18/2020
I still have a hard time understanding the logic to these feel good resolutions that are non-committal. I really hope that Congress doesn't believe that Russia gives a shit what they feel or think.
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Jim2423's Opinion
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11/18/2020
I really think the House should be focusing on this country. If you want to condemn someone, look at our President who brushed off thousands of innocent infected COVID people. Let’s clean up our own issues before you take on more than you can handle.
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Ranaln's Opinion
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11/19/2020
No! What good would it do other the the house wasting our time and money, oh wait thats what they do best lmfao! Oh I’m sure the Russians will be shaking in there boots! Lol you worthless ass politicians!
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What is House Bill H. Res. 1145?

This resolution would condemn the apparently purposeful poisoning on August 20, 2020, of Russian anti-corruption activist and opposition leader Alexei Navalny. It would applaud the groups that helped transfer Navalny from Russia to Germany, along with reports that he has emerged from a medically induced coma and is recovering gradually; urge human rights bodies to monitor this case as a violation of Navalny’s human rights; and call on Russian to cooperate with an independent and impartial investigation.

Additionally, the resolution would call on the U.S. government to raise the case of Navalny’s poisoning with Russia and underscore the necessity of bringing the organizers and perpetrators to justice. It would also encourage the State Dept. and Treasury Dept. to use their authority under the Magnitsky Act to sanction individuals involved with the poisoning of Navalny as perpetrators, organizers, or masterminds; and express support

As a simple resolution, this legislation wouldn’t advance beyond the House if agreed to and is non-binding. It merely expresses the sentiments of the House on the poisoning of Alexei Navalny.

Impact

Alexei Navalny; the people who poisoned Alexei Navalny; and the Russian government.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 1145

As a simple resolution, this legislation has no cost.

More Information

In-DepthRep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) introduced this resolution to condemn the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, and tweeted his thoughts about the poisoning the day after it occurred:

“I’m horrified by the news that leading Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is in a coma and on a respirator in a Moscow hospital, the apparent victim of poisoning. The information we have is incomplete, but past cases like those of Alexander Litvinenko, Pyotr Verzilov and Vladimir Kara Murza obviously feed suspicion of a politically motivated attack. The Trump administration should immediately call on the Kremlin to ensure a full & independent investigation into the circumstances of Navalny’s sudden severe illness, and should be ready to provide any assistance that could be helpful. I pray for Navalny’s full & fast recovery."”

After preliminary conclusions were reached that Navalny was poisoned, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released a statement August 25th which echoed the European Union’s call for a comprehensive investigation and said the U.S. “stands ready to assist in that effort” and “Mr. Navalny’s family and the Russian people deserve to see a full and transparent investigation carried out, and for those involved to be held accountable.”

In an interview with conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, Pompeo said there is a “substantial chance” that Navalny was poisoned under orders from senior Russian officials:

“People all around the world see this kind of activity for what it is. And when they see the effort to poison a dissident, and they recognize that there is a substantial chance that this actually came from senior Russian, I think this is not good for the Russian people. I think it’s not good for Russia. I think people see this and say this is not the way that countries that want to be powers, that want to be important and play on the global stage, this is not the way that they should engage in activity. They ought to instead promote freedom and democracy.”

The foreign ministers of the G-7 member states (a group which includes Pompeo) released a joint statement which read in part:

“This attack against opposition leader Navalny is another grave blow against democracy and political plurality in Russia. It constitutes a serious threat to those men and women engaged in defending the political and civil freedoms that Russia herself has committed to guarantee.”

The Russian government denied involvement in Navalny’s poisoning, and the Russian doctors who treated him said they didn’t find any poison in his system. Navalny believes he was poisoned by the Russian government to prevent him from undermining their efforts to dominate parliamentary elections.

German, French, and Swedish laboratories reached a consensus that Navalny was “beyond doubt” poisoned with a Novichok-type nerve agent. Novichok agents were developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War and can kill their target with a small amount of poison.

This legislation has the support of 30 bipartisan cosponsors, including 25 Democrats and five Republicans. It passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee on a voice vote.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Evgeny Feldman / Novaya Gazeta via Wikimedia / Creative Commons)

AKA

Condemning the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and calling for a robust United States and international response.

Official Title

Condemning the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and calling for a robust United States and international response, as amended

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    IntroducedSeptember 23rd, 2020
    Yes, they should condemn Putin’s use of nerve agents to take out his opposition. There is little meat to this, but it is a statement of principle. On this topic, Putin will not want the trump to ‘tattle’ on how or why he has managed to gain such influence over the trump beyond his appealing to the trump’s narcissistic ego. There sure appears that there is more ‘there’ there. If I were the Trump, I would avoid buying tea in airports after January 20th. Those tiny doses of the Russian Novichok nerve agent seem to be very effective in silencing those who would challenge or expose Putin. Perhaps the NY prosecutors should put the trump in protective custody for a few years so he can avoid crowds where a blow gun and a Novichok pellet could protect Putin from having the basis for his overwhelming influence over the trump exposed.
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    I still have a hard time understanding the logic to these feel good resolutions that are non-committal. I really hope that Congress doesn't believe that Russia gives a shit what they feel or think.
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    Should the house condemn poisoning... anybody. Poisoning people is bad. Full stop. No matter who.
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    Symbolic at best since Russia & Senate Republicans are the only ones that have not congratulated President Elect Biden, and will Moscow Mitch bring it to the Senate floor?
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    The House should condemn Russians for the poisoning of Alexei Navalny...AND putting bounties on the heads of US service men & women AND meddling in our elections!
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    Vladimir Putin poisons his perceived adversaries. Donald Trump fires his by Tweet in the middle of the night,
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    You have to ask?
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    Yes, but don’t expect any Republicans to vote for it.
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    Of course! Just as Putin should be arrested for poisoning - so should his ass kissing impotent US leader for not condemning Putin!
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    No brainer yes. They should also condemn the poisoning of this democracy by Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, Devon Nunez, Kayleigh McEnany, David Predue, and Kelly Loeffler. All of them detriment to this country all of them out for their selves and screw anybody else. The whole lot is enough to make me vomit on my shoes.
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    Right on, jim2423! 👍🏻👏🏻😊❤️ Let’s clean the filth out of our own house first!
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    We must continue to speak out against injustice and human rights violations throughout the world. Russia has not had free and fair elections in decades, which has kept Putin in power. Navalny was thought to be the best chance of a challenger to Putin in the last two elections, but it's clear that Putin intends to keep finding ways to keep him from being a threat. We must speak out against the poisoning of political opponents and efforts to keep the Russian people from being able to have a choice for their leader. And we also must speak up because if it's ok for Putin to do this...who's next?
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    Ok, but the lame duck 45 kisses Putin's ass with the same enthusiasm as Cruz, mcconnell, Graham all kiss his. The real issue is why has the senate DONE SQUAT TO HELP CITIZENS WHO ARE COVID RAVAGED WITH FINANCIAL AID, RENT AID, MEDICAL HELP FOR PATIENTS & FOR DOCTORS, NURSES, & HOSPITALS?!!
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    We should condem it. And also make sure it doesn’t start happening here as well.
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    Representatives, Support House Bill H. Res. 1145. Condemn the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Call for a full and transparent investigation. Demand a robust response from the United States Government and the international community. The poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was a heinous act. The House of Representatives must formally condemn it. This resolution emphasizes the need for *transparent investigations* into Navalny’s poisoning and to bring the perpetrators to justice. This resolution would also strongly encourage the State Dept. and Treasury Dept. to use their authority under the Magnitsky Act to sanction individuals involved with the poisoning of Navalny as perpetrators, organizers, or masterminds; and express support.
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    Unfortunately moron licks putins boots so ain’t happening!
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    Trump will not condemn Russia for trying to poison anybody and the republicans do not want to offend Trump, so that leaves it up to the democratic! Trump fires anyone that shows he is wrong or tells the truth! Trump doing a scorched earth policy, as he leaves office, out of revenge for not winning. What interesting is trump base support this? His policy from day one has been the destruction of the United States. Revenge is his mode of operation with winners and losers, work great as a business, but not in government, justice system or police department. You do not government to pick winners and losers, but be equal and fair.
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    Are we really asking this question? Poisoning = bad. I think if we poll a room of four year olds after a screening of Snow White we would get the appropriate response:)
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    I really think the House should be focusing on this country. If you want to condemn someone, look at our President who brushed off thousands of innocent infected COVID people. Let’s clean up our own issues before you take on more than you can handle.
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