Sanctions against Putin will change his status

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On March 8, a group of members of the European Parliament sent a letter to the head of European diplomacy Federica Mogherini, with a call to impose personal sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin, the head of the FSB Alexander Bortnikov, the head of Investigative Committee Alexei Bastrykin, the head of the State Duma’s International Affairs Committee Alexei Pushkov, the head of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic Igor Plotnitsky, and a number of prosecutors, judges and investigators who, in the opinion of European parliamentarians, are guilty of kidnapping and illegal holding in custody of the Hero of Ukraine, MEP Nadiya Savchenko, the illegal trial of her, and falsifying investigation documents in her case. 29 citizens of Russia and self-proclaimed republics are in the list in total.

The letter was signed by 57 MEPs, representing 5 of 8 fractions. MPs demand that the listed persons are denied entry to the EU, their assets frozen, and all their property in the territory of the European Union is confiscated.

The introduction of such sanctions can dramatically change the role and place of Russia, and Vladimir Putin personally, in the international arena. Putin, and Russia together with him, turn from a subject of international relations into an outcast. Previously, of all European leaders, such sanctions were applied to the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, who in 2006 was banned from entry to the EU, and later to the United States. In 2015, the sanctions against Lukashenko were removed.

The difference between Lukashenko and Putin is that he does not claim to be a global player in world politics, and the total control over the population of his own (relatively small) country is enough for him. Therefore, sanctions were not as painful for Lukashenko as they can be for Putin, since he is positioning himself as a person, whose involvement is essential for solving any major issue in the world.

In case the “Savchenko list” is adopted, the figure of Alexei Pushkov acquires quite strange outlines: he will be forced to restrict his international communications with phone calls and admissions in his office on Okhotny Ryad.

Putin’s belief that the whole world is the same, and filled up with cynicism, played a bad joke on him. The international community is quite cynical indeed, and politics is dominated by real politician. However, not totally, but up to a certain limit. In case of Nadiya Savchenko Putin has crossed the line, and his status in the world is changing. Apparently, irreversibly.

Source: ej2015

 

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