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Dear Mr. President of the Federal Council, Mr. President of the National Council, Mr. Head of the Foreign Affairs Department, dear Members of the Foreign Policy Commission,
We, the undersigned residents and citizens of the Swiss Confederation, call on you not to acknowledge as legitimate, i.e. representative of the will of the Russian people, the results of the recently conducted elections to the lower house of the Russian Parliament (the State Duma).
We further call on you to review Switzerland’s approach to bilateral and multilateral relations with the persons claiming to form the government of Russia and to represent the Russian people. We call on you to intensify your work against Kremlin’s corruption, including its export to Switzerland, against money laundering and international aggression. A specific step in this direction would be to introduce targeted restraints on access to Swiss capital, real estate and other markets to members of the corrupt oligarchy responsible for the multiple human rights violations in Russia, including the recent electoral fraud. A list of such individuals can be found here (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Cl5b1s3OvcnjM_JvczTF933os5W_-8hR/edit).
The recent parliamentary elections in Russia did not meet any internationally recognized standards of freedom, transparency and respect for fundamental human rights. Leading opposition figures were barred from participating in the elections, jailed or forced to emigrate under police persecution. Multiple instances of blatant electoral fraud were detected in the run up to and during the elections.
As a result, the persons claiming to be representing the people of the Russian Federation in the State Duma are in fact usurping their positions and Switzerland should not accord to them any privileges reserved for legitimate representatives of foreign countries.
In view of this we urge you to take action on our appeal and to express your position publicly.