Sending Office: Honorable Marcy Kaptur
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Dear Colleague:

Please join us in cosponsoring a bipartisan resolution, H.J.Res. 139, which provides the designation of a “Freedom to Choose their Destiny for the Nations of Eastern Europe and Eurasia Week.”

Since the fall of communism, the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia have made great progress to develop democratic institutions, free markets, and strong civil societies. Many have demonstrated their commitment to these important ideals through their
accession in liberal institutions such as the NATO Alliance and the European Union, which are critical to our national security.

Indeed, the American people have stood with freedom-lovers across this region, to spread the blessings of liberty and democracy to these nations. For this reason since 1959, the President of the United States has proclaimed the third week of July as “Captive
Nations Week.” This very special occasion shined a light on the plight of nations oppressed by Soviet Russian regime, and continues to reaffirm America’s commitment to those dedicated to democracy, rule of law, freedom, and justice.

Russia seeks to undermine democratic institutions, and thus strengthen its hold on that region through hybrid warfare. This includes election meddling, disinformation campaigns, extrajudicial assassinations, the intimidation of journalists, and other forms
of despicable behavior. Russia invaded and illegally occupies regions of Ukraine and Georgia, and seeks to rip away these nations’ ability to choose their democratic future.

This resolution builds on the “Captive Nations Week” Resolution, and invites the President through an annual proclamation to set the record straight that all nations have the right to self-determination, territorial sovereignty, and to choose their own
destinies. It sends a message to our partners in the region that we stand with those that embrace liberty, instead of those that seek to tear it down. By standing together, we ensure a more democratic, secure, and prosperous world.

Thank you for your consideration. To cosponsor, please reach out to Rep. Kaptur’s foreign affairs Legislative Assistant, Nick Kazvini-Gore (


MARCY KAPTUR                                                                  BRIAN FITZPATRICK

Member of Congress                                                                Member of Congress


ANDY HARRIS, M.D.                                                           SANDER LEVIN

Member of Congress                                                               Member of Congress

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