Washington – Representative Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today introduced bipartisan legislation condemning Vladimir Putin’s crony Yevgeniy Prigozhin. House Resolution 996 calls for sanctions on Prigozhin and his Kremlin partners for their continued attacks on the United States and its allies.
“Yevgeniy Prigozhin is a Putin puppet with a long history of undermining the security and the interests of the United States on behalf of the Russian government. His Internet Research Agency (IRA) troll farms blatantly interfered in the 2016 and 2018 elections by waging disinformation campaigns against the American people, while his Wagner Group mercenaries have engaged in violent and subversive operations in Ukraine, Syria, Libya, sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere against our allies and partners. We must impose additional sanctions against Prigozhin and the tools he continues to use to undermine American interests, and work with our European Union partners to encourage them to take similar steps,” said Chairman Engel.
H. Res. 996, cosponsored by Representatives Fitzpatrick, Keating, and Kinzinger:
- Condemns any and all attempts by Russia and its proxies, including Yevgeniy Prigozhin, to interfere in the domestic politics of the United States and its allies and partners;
- Urges countries engaging with Yevgeniy Prigozhin and his affiliated entities in business or advisory capacities to cease these engagements;
- Calls for seriously considering additional sanctions against Yevgeniy Prigozhin and his affiliated entities for continued interference in the democratic processes of the United States and its allies and partners and encourages our European Union partners to seriously consider adopting similar measures; and
- Calls for close coordination between the United States Government and the governments of U.S. allies and partners on any sanctions regimes against Yevgeniy Prigozhin and his affiliated entities