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Breaking: #Ukraine has brought an inter-state case in the European Court of Human Rights against #Russia over its covert assassination programme - #Litvinenko, #Skripal, @navalny. Some 20+ victims on the list including Anna Politkovskaya & Boris Nemtsov…
Other states where assassinations have taken place (UK, Germany, Bulgaria) can join Ukraine's action as third parties. Several are likely to do so, I'm told. The big question is whether the British foreign secretary Dominic Raab will support the @ECHR_CEDH case
Boris Johnson's government has yet to take action against the oligarchs and Kremlin functionaries who feature on the @navalny list. MPs have called in the House of Commons for sanctions against Roman #Abramovich and Alisher #Usmanov. Will Raab step up?…
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1. Abramovich, was permitted by Putin to sell his oil company for $13 billion in 2005 to a Russian State firm. In 2008, he received a $1.8 billion, Russian tax payer funded, loan from Putin's, US sanctioned, VEB bank to bail out his co-owned global steel/mining company, EVRAZ.
2. Side Note 1 - In 2007, Abramovich and his Russian partners paid an estimated $3 billion to purchase three steel plants in the US, (Oregon, Colorado, and Delaware) and five steel plants in Canada (Alberta and Saskatchewan).
3. EVRAZ's US Claymont Steel plant closed on Dec. 2013, just three months before the US/EU imposed Ukrainian related sanctions against Russia. Claymont, Delaware is the boyhood home of VP Joe Biden, the Obama Administration's 2013-2016 public champion of Ukraine's revolution.
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