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[H. Con. Res. 404 Enrolled Bill (ENR)]

        H.Con.Res.404
                                      Agreed to October 18, 2000        

                       One Hundred Sixth Congress

                                 of the

                        United States of America


                          AT THE SECOND SESSION

           Begun and held at the City of Washington on Monday,
             the twenty-fourth day of January, two thousand


                          Concurrent Resolution

Whereas Mr. Edmond Pope of State College, Pennsylvania, is a husband, 
  father, grandfather, son, and United States businessman;

Whereas Edmond Pope has visited the Russian Federation 27 times in 
  order to foster better business and university-based research 
  relationships;

Whereas Edmond Pope traveled to the Russian Federation in late March 
  2000 in order to purchase commercially advertised underwater 
  propulsion technology, as stated in his visa approved by the 
  Government of the Russian Federation;

Whereas Edmond Pope was arrested on April 3, 2000, in Moscow, 
  imprisoned in Lefortovo, and charged with espionage;

Whereas the Russian who allegedly committed an act of treason by aiding 
  Edmond Pope was released and has been living with his family;

Whereas Edmond Pope has been treated for hemangiopericytoma, a rare 
  form of cancer, that was in remission prior to his travel;

Whereas Edmond Pope's father is dying of multiple myeloma, a type of 
  bone cancer that can be hereditary;

Whereas Edmond Pope should receive routine medical care by a qualified, 
  trained professional in order to monitor the possibility of a 
  recurrence of cancer due to his high-risk potential;

Whereas Edmond Pope has missed his annual monitoring visit resulting in 
  a 14 month lapse since his last visit;

Whereas Edmond Pope's prison conditions have caused a dramatic loss in 
  weight and his physical stature has deteriorated;

Whereas Edmond Pope has been denied the basic human right of proper 
  medical attention deserving of an individual in his condition;

Whereas two Americans have died in the past few months within prisons 
  in the Russian Federation and another individual has recently died in 
  Lefortovo;

Whereas Edmond Pope has been unjustly arrested and detained for more 
  than 5 months, preventing him from celebrating his 30th wedding 
  anniversary and the marriage of his son, and during which time his 
  mother-in-law passed away;

Whereas recent events have shown that trials in the Russian Federation 
  involving alleged violations in the area of national security can 
  take several years;

Whereas it is unlikely that Edmond Pope would survive a lengthy trial; 
  and

Whereas United States business and academic interests with the Russian 
  Federation are beginning to be detrimentally impacted by this event: 
  Now, therefore, be it

    Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), 
That--
        (1) the Congress calls on the Russian Federation, under the 
    leadership of President Vladimir Putin, to immediately release Mr. 
    Edmond Pope of State College, Pennsylvania, and to ensure that 
    proper and qualified medical attention is provided to him in order 
    to ensure that another loss of life does not occur in a prison in 
    the Russian Federation;
        (2) it is the sense of the Congress that if Edmond Pope is not 
    released immediately the President should continue all efforts 
    afforded to the administration to secure his release, including the 
    consideration of--
            (A) terminating all assistance to the Government of the 
        Russian Federation under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and 
        the annual Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related 
        Programs Appropriations Act for purposes of preparing the 
        Russian Federation's entrance or accession to the World Trade 
        Organization (WTO); and
            (B) opposing any further debt relief of obligations owed to 
        the United States Government from the Government of the Russian 
        Federation; and
        (3) the President should increase efforts to secure appropriate 
    medical attention for Edmond Pope.
  Attest:

                          Jeff Trandahl,

                                                                       
                                 Clerk of the House of Representatives.
              By

                                                                       
                                                          Deputy Clerk.

  Attest:

                                               Secretary of the Senate.