Russia MP wants more Western sanctions against Russia

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2015/02/03 • Russia

The Russian economy is crashing. Global oil prices have slipped down. New Western sanctions are upcoming. The proposal to disconnect Russia from the SWIFT international payment transfer system may provoke chaos in the financial markets. However, there is one Member of the Russian State Duma, Andrey Fyodorov, who is happy about the Western sanctions against Russia.

At the emergency session of the Foreign Affairs EU Council on January 29, the heads of European diplomacy approved the decision to extend the sanctions against Russia. This issue was supposed to be discussed in March, however, the EU decided to extend the sanctions because of the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine. The high representative of the EU for foreign and security policies, Federica Mogerini, explained that the goal of this step was to push Russia towards real execution of the Minsk Peace Accords to regulate the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

However, Russian State Duma member Andrey Fyodorov (‘Yedinaya Rossiya’) is not afraid of Western sanctions – instead, he is glad that they have been imposed.

“We are anxiously waiting to be cut off from SWIFT. I support the sanctions,” Fyodorov told Radio Liberty in an interview in his Duma office.

This is not because Fyodorov is a masochist. He simply believes that Russia had turned into a ‘colony’ of the U.S. after the end of the Cold War. According to his logic, the more the sanctions isolate Russia from the West, the better.

“Cutting us off from the SWIFT system will allow the Russian banking system to start working. We are actually very happy because of the sanctions, which allow us to return Russian assets, including those of oligarchs, back under national jurisdiction. This is happening slowly, but the sanctions create the necessary conditions,” Fyodorov says, adding that the sanctions support the return of Russian capital from outside of the country.

Unusual views

The sanctions, however, are not the only topic in which MP Fyodorov has unusual views.

He calls himself a ‘revanchist’ and says that he wants to rewrite the Russian Constitution, establish a state ideology, abolish the post of President in the current form, and create a powerful and non-accountable executive body, akin to the former Soviet Politbureau.

Fyodorov assures that Russia had lost its sovereignty when the USSR was falling apart, that the Russian media are controlled by the West, and he considers the government technocrats a treacherous ‘fifth column.’

“Our strategic goal is to change the rules of the functioning of the Russian state towards the national course,” says Fyodorov, adding that he wants to “re-examine the results of the fiasco” after the fall of the former USSR in 1991. “The decisions were made taking this fiasco into account. We are revanchists.”

Fyodorov has been a member of the Duma four times already. His office is decorated with many attributes of a convinced Russian patriot: a Proton rocket model, a portrait of a young Vladimir Putin, a mug with the ‘Novorossiya’ emblem and St. George’s flag.

The MP says that he has already drafted an amendment to the Constitution, which would abolish article 13, which prohibits state ideology, and he was able to collect several dozen signatures from his fellow MP’s.

“We need to wait for political conditions in the same way they came in the case of Crimea,” says Fyodorov, meaning the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula by Russia last year.

“As soon as the conditions are favorable, Putin will support the process and Russia will hold a referendum to amend its Constitution in terms of sovereignty,” says the MP.

In addition to his legislative initiatives, Fyodorov also founded the ‘National Liberation Movement,’ known by its Russian abbreviation, NOD. This happened during the anti-Kremlin protests in 2011-2012. The movement became especially visible during oppositional protest when it mocked the protesters and issued pro-Kremlin slogans.

Translated by: Mariya Shcherbinina
Source: Radio Liberty

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  • Brent

    And we in the West want to negotiate with these people?

    Let them go back to USSR 2.0 but they have no right to force Ukraine or its citizens to go with them.

    • Milton Devonair

      russians, the apes they are, don’t understand “no right”. You either let them rape/murder or you have to kill them. And just look at who is their ‘congress’….typical russian….
      http://si.wsj.net/public/resources/images/OB-RJ566_011312_H_20120113153306.jpg

    • StumpedNoMore2

      This Russian MP wants to use the Nicolás Maduro playbook I see.

    • Thomas Ferree

      Brent, you give them too much credit. Please allow me to make a correction – USSR 1.0 – it’s truly amazing that Russians are unable to see the forest for the trees!

      • Richard Hoover

        with a head like this ex boxer wanna be Klitchko,, i can see what the problem is ,,standing on their fkn heads too long,Upside down LOOK AT HIS LEDGE MAN,,,APE MAN,,,LOOKS LIKE THAT RUSSIAN SCIENTIST IVAN ?? CROSSED OVER THE GENETIC CLONING OF YETI APEMAN WITH RUSKI MAN,,,IN HIS SECRET BARN YARD OF SCIENCE !!! THE EXPERIMENT TITAN MAN THE UNDEAFEATBLE SOLDIER WORKED!!! BUT THEY WILL BE DEFEATED ,,GOD IS WITH UKRAINE AND THE WEST,,RUSSIA SHAKE OFF THE DISEASE ,,,,HANG IN ,,YOU CAN SAVE YOUR SELVES BY OUSTING PUTIN!!!A,THIS STANDING ON THEIR HEAD EACH DAY HAS CAUSED SERIOUS blood bursting in their brains veins in the compassionate zone of brain activity,,,,FLAT TOP ANYYONE? BANANA REPUBLIC ON STEROIDS?

        • Richard Hoover

          YOU THINK THIS EX BOXER WOUD GET A RUSSIAN PUTIN LOAN AT LEAST TO GET A SURGEON TO FIX THAT MESSED UP MELON !!! CRO MAGNUM MAGNA RUSKI A GO-GO–JUST KIDDING ,,HES A WONDERFUL BEAUTIFUL APE! PUTINS ASS KISSER FOR BANANAS!!!

  • Dirk Smith

    A 4-time member of the DUMA, I mean DUMBA. He’ll never go hungry as a member of the fascist oligarchy; meanwhile the breadlines commence once again for the muscovite serfs.

  • https://disqus.com/ Mixa

    Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched

  • Racquel

    It’s like the Russians are afflicted with some sort of national PTSD. It’s been 24 years and they’re still not over it. Financial assistance we provided but who knew mass therapy would be needed.

    • Czech Friend

      look no further than nazi Germany, almost spitting image

  • Lord Lucan

    Just wait a while and more sanctions coming your way… Hope your happy 😉

  • Jacks Channel

    So basically what this garbage is saying is he wants to control people against their will. What an ass.

  • Olga Dora Garbar

    Pobre quien piense como este ruso Fyodorov, llevará a Rusia a la miseria total. El mundo es redondo y todos necesitamos de todos.- Estamos en el siglo xxi y las mentes cambian, no mas autoritarismos ni monopolios estatales.-.-