From the Congressional Record Online through GPO
DON'T CROSS THE NAPOLEON OF SIBERIA
(Mr. POE of Texas asked and was given permission to address the House
for 1 minute.)
Mr. POE of Texas. Mr. Speaker, for the last 8 years, the world turned
its cheek while Vladimir Putin--the Napoleon of Siberia--stomped on
human rights and broke international law.
I was there right after the Russians invaded Georgia and took one-
third of the country. Then Putin went on to annex Crimea and invade
Ukraine. Just this month, Denis Voronenkov, a Russian lawmaker who
opposed Putin and defected to Ukraine, was gunned down in broad
daylight. His assassination is the latest incident in an ongoing
pattern of Putin critics who have been killed mysteriously. In the last
15 years, at least 11 other well-known critics of Putin have been
The message is clear: cross Putin, and you will face the lethal wrath
of the Russian bear. Putin thinks he can continue killing those who
oppose him and no one is watching. But I am here to tell him today that
America is watching, and America will never stop defending the
defenseless and protecting the human rights of people who speak against
tyranny--even Russians who speak against tyranny.
And that is just the way it is.