18 Jan '11, 12am

Russian opposition leader seeks Putin travel ban: MOSCOW - RUSSIAN opposition leader Boris Nemtsov urged the Wes...

MOSCOW - RUSSIAN opposition leader Boris Nemtsov urged the West on Monday to impose a travel ban on Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his government allies for what he termed a crackdown on all forms of dissent. Mr Nemtsov said the so-called 'black list' should include not only Russia's de facto leader but also his cohorts and stay in effect until the country's small opposition was allowed to gather and speak through the media. Russia's former first deputy prime minister said the restrictions should include 'a ban on these citizens's entry into the European Union and North America, and (include) an arrest of their assets abroad'. He added that the same restrictions should also apply to the Russian government members' relatives. 'I think that these measure will lead to democratisation,' Mr Nemtsov told reporters two days after his release from jail. The 51-year-old Nemtsov ...

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