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Holcomb condemns Russian invasion of Ukraine, will 'review' state ties

Lauren Chapman
IPB News
Gov. Eric Holcomb said Indiana will “standby” to assist with Ukrainian refugees if the U.S. takes them in.

Gov. Eric Holcomb Monday condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and, in his words, the “tyranny” of Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

That statement came with an executive order that takes few concrete steps to sever Indiana’s ties with Russia.

Indiana will “review” state contracts with Russian-owned and affiliated businesses. It will “evaluate” investments into state retirement accounts involving the Russian ruble or Russian companies. And it will ask state universities to report Russian funding.

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But beyond that, no actual action – at a time when other states are actively cutting off investments and ties to Russia.

Holcomb said Indiana will “standby” to assist with Ukrainian refugees if the U.S. takes them in.

The Indiana House adopted language last week that would bar Russian businesses from buying land in the state for one year. But Republicans blocked an amendment that would’ve directed state government to divest from Russian-controlled companies.

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Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.