"Putin’s thugocracy is on full display."

U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement regarding events in Russia.

"Putin’s thugocracy is on full display. The United States government cannot be silent about Russia’s crackdown on peaceful protesters. Free speech is what we’re all about and Americans expect our leaders to call out thugs who trample the basic human rights of speech, press, assembly, and protest."