Lawmakers ask Biden to raise online piracy during Russia trip

"Russia needs a more responsible legal framework for addressing online infringement. This troubling development moves us in the wrong direction," the letter states.

The letter asks Biden to stress the need for regulations that prohibit the operation of services that promote copyright infingement. It argues criminal enforcement actions are also necessary against illegal pay per download sites currently in operation.

"Addressing these rogue sites will go a long way toward demonstrating Russia's willingness and ability to operate under the rule of law, and therefore its preparedness to take on the obligations of membership in the World Trade Organization," the letter states.

"We urge you to make this a priority in your upcoming discussions with the Russian government."