ERR in Moscow: Blacklisted Pro-Kremlin Individuals Could Receive State Compensation ({{commentsTotal}})

The State Duma building in Moscow.
The State Duma building in Moscow. Source: (Postimees/Scanpix)

A draft law is under debate in the Duma, the Russian Parliament, which would give financial compensation to those Russian and Ukrainian individuals whom Western nations have targeted with economic and travel sanctions.

The bill is dubbed the “Arkady Rotenberg” act, after President Vladimir Putin's friend and businessman, ERR's man in Moscow, Neeme Raud, said.

The bill protects those Russian citizens who had their property seized in Ukraine, said Martin Sakkum, a United Russia MP.

Gennady Zyuganov, the head of the Communist Party, said his party will reject the bill as it shows the state is only willing to help those who hide their money outside of Russia, not those who have suffered from injuries, robberies or have been in accidents.

Sakkum said the project could be financed by confiscating property and assets of Western citizens in Russia, or even diplomatic property, such as embassies.

The EU, United States, Iceland, Albania, Canada, Switzerland and Australia have announced sanctions against around 130 mostly Russian, pro-Kremlin Ukrainian individuals.