A top Russian official who once admired the U.S. is now on a sanctions list

By Michael Birnbaum, June 12, 2014

MOSCOW — Yevgeny Bushmin tried to make his nation more American. Now he can’t believe he’s been slapped with U.S. sanctions.

The Russian lawmaker’s faith in U.S.-style capitalism and democracy drove him into politics in the chaotic years after the breakup of the Soviet Union. But after he helped lead legislators in a March vote that granted President Vladimir Putin the power to invade Ukraine, the United States put Bushmin on its sanctions list.

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