State Duma asked to open criminal case against Psaki


The State Duma deputy, member of the "Spravedlivaya Rossiya" ("Just Russia") faction Oleg Mikheev appealed to the Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika to consider the statements of a number of foreign politicians and officials on the Crimea's accession to Russia. It was reported in the newspaper "Izvestiya" on Thursday, March 26.

According to Mikheev, a number of foreign politicians have recently taken the liberty of making public statements about the non-recognition of the Crimea within Russia, which, he says, fall under the concept of "extremist activities" and should be addressed by the law enforcement agencies.

Among other politicians, the parliamentarian named former spokesperson for the US Department of State, now the White House communications director Jen Psaki, the British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and the leader of the Ukrainian party "Batkivshchyna" ("Fatherland") Yulia Tymoshenko.

Mikheev reminded that on March 16, 2015 Psaki called the Crimea`s reunification with Russia "annexation". On March 22, the British Foreign Secretary called the Crimea`s accession to Russia illegal and said that Russia should return the Crimea to Ukraine. Earlier, Tymoshenko called to destroy Russia economically, to strengthen sanctions and to take other measures to make Russia return the Crimea, the deputy said.

According to Mikheev, such statements can be interpreted as a call for violating the territorial integrity of Russia, as envisaged in the Criminal Code. At the same time, according to the law, foreign citizens not residing in Russia permanently, who commit a crime outside Russia, are subject to punishment under the Criminal Code, in case the crime is directed against the interests of the Russian Federation.

Mikheev reminded that Ukraine itself has repeatedly initiated criminal cases against Russian journalists and actors for statements that, according to Kiev, have been aimed at violating the territorial integrity of the country.

Earlier, the Investigative Committee opened a criminal case against the American Retired General Robert Scales for public calls for killing Russian citizens.

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