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Florida Democratic Party Statement on Refusal by Ron DeSantis and Republicans to Divest from Russia

The following statement should be attributed to Florida Democratic Party Chair Manny Diaz:

“Right now, Florida has more than $300 million in public money invested in Russian companies, including energy conglomerates, oil producers, and banks with direct ties to high-ranking Russian oligarchs and government officials who are involved in Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

“As the war rages on, Ron DeSantis and Republicans have made empty statements of solidarity with Ukraine, while choosing to betray the Ukrainian people by refusing to divest from Russian assets.

“Not only is the Governor’s inaction putting our state pension funds at risk and potentially leaving working Floridians out to dry, but he is also supporting a corrupt Russian government that is needlessly killing innocent people. It is time for DeSantis and Florida Republicans to stop dodging questions, put their money where their mouth is, and actually take a stand against Vladimir Putin and the atrocities we are seeing in Ukraine.”

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