Medvedev compared sanctions to the Inquisition and warned the West about lawsuits

The politician considered unsubstantiated the connection of Russian businessmen under sanctions with the Russian authorities. He compared the arrests of accounts with the actions of the inquisitors, relied on the courts of Western countries and threatened the right to war in case of injustice

Dmitry Medvedev

Western sanctions against Russia are reminiscent of the methods of the Holy Inquisition of the Catholic Church, which fought against heretics and whose the righteous destroyed the objectionable and staged an “outright robbery”. This was stated by Deputy Head of the Security Council of Russia Dmitry Medvedev in his Telegram channel.

“They themselves came up with the accusation, they themselves tortured, they themselves passed the sentence, they themselves burned the heretic. As often happens in such cases, questions of spirituality— the last thing that interested the “righteous” endowed with enormous power, — wrote Medvedev.

He pointed out that the “unfriendly” officials countries and EU bureaucrats impose sanctions against Russian entrepreneurs on the principle of belonging to the “bad” the state. According to him, they do not provide evidence of guilt, but use suspicions of “witchcraft”, that is, connections with the authorities. Witnesses are “Grand Inquisitor— USA» and European countries. At the same time, the process does not allow debate, and Russian business does not have the right to a lawyer. As a result, all accounts and property are under arrest because of the words of the inquisitor and confiscated in favor of persons appointed by him, Medvedev said.

Meanwhile, the judicial system of modern Western countries, unlike the court during the Inquisition, can correct the mistakes of those who made the decision to impose sanctions, the politician considered. “Shattering the judicial and legal foundations of Uncle Sam and old Europe is not as easy as it seems to individual politicians. Even despite the disease of Russophobia, which stopped the right and overshadowed the mind, — he pointed out.

Medvedev promised that Western authorities would face more lawsuits in the courts because of their desire to abolish ownership of Russian business. He expressed the hope that the courts would consider cases fairly.

“Otherwise, legal impartiality and equality of all before the law will perish forever in the fire of the West’s political hatred for Russia. And what will be left? That's right: jus ad bellum! (from Latin the right to war)»,— wrote the deputy head of the Security Council.

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The United States, the European Union, Canada and other countries began to impose sanctions against Russia in late February against the backdrop of a military operation in Ukraine. Dozens of Russian companies from the financial and military-industrial sectors, as well as businessmen, who were called “oligarchs”, fell under the restrictions.

In early March, US President Joe Biden announced the creation of a group to investigate the crimes of Russian oligarchs. He warned that American and European authorities would come for “ill-gotten wealth”, taking away their yachts, luxury housing, private jets.

The next day, the United States imposed blocking sanctions against 19 businessmen and officials, as well as 47 members of their families. The White House cited “support for President Vladimir Putin in his brutal invasion of Ukraine” as the reason for the restrictions.

The United States froze the assets of the head of Transneft Nikolai Tokarev,

Boris and Arkady Rotenberg, heads of Rostec Sergey Chemezov, head of VEB.RF Igor Shuvalov, Evgeny Prigozhin, founder of USM Holdings Alisher Usmanov, as well as a number of their companies and relatives.

On March 9, the EU imposed restrictions on 14 Russian businessmen and their families. Among them were Marathon Group President Alexander Vinokurov, Dmitry and Alexander Pumpyansky (TMK), Galina Pumpyanskaya (Sinara), CEO of PhosAgro; Andrey Guryev, Chairman of the Board of Directors of RusAgro Vadim Moshkovich, General Director of Uralkhim Dmitry Mazepin and his son, a former Formula 1 racer Nikita, CEO of Aeroflot Mikhail Poluboyarinov, Chairman of the Board of Sibur Holding Dmitry Konov, President of Rostelecom Mikhail Oseevsky, head of Rosnano Sergey Kulikov, head of VK Vladimir Kiriyenko and Andrey Melnichenko (SUEK).

Alexey Miller, head of Rusal Oleg Deripaska, head of Rosneft Igor Sechin, President of Transneft Nikolai Tokarev, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Rossiya Bank Dmitry Lebedev.

On March 15, the country added a co-owner of Alfa Group to the list. Mikhail Fridman, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Alfa-Bank Peter Aven and a major shareholder of the bank German Khan. According to the British authorities, they benefited or supported the Russian government and are associated with Putin.

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