The measure will only affect those who “throw mud” at the Russian state, Vyacheslav Volodin says
Russian State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin speaks during a plenary meeting. © Sputnik / Ramil Sitdikov
Russian lawmakers are looking at the possibility of seizing the property of citizens who fled the country following the outbreak of the Ukraine conflict and are badmouthing their nation from abroad, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin has said.
Speaking during a parliament session on Tuesday, Volodin refuted criticism that the measure was “excessive,” insisting that it would only be used against “scoundrels who broke the law, who did harm.”
The legislation would target people who fled abroad and tarnish Russia, while continuing to make money in the country, the speaker explained. “They have real estate here, bank accounts, businesses, but at the same time they’re throwing mud at the country, wiping their feet with it,” he said.
“They usually can’t be reached with other punitive measures” because they’re outside the state, but they still “must be held accountable” for their actions, Volodin insisted.
“And, of course, it’s possible to adopt changes to the legislation in order not only to stop them, but also to protect the memory of those who sacrificed their lives defending our Fatherland,” he added.