The European Union will impose sanctions against four high-ranking Russian officials because of the decision to replace opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s suspended sentence with a real one, writes Reuters.
The foreign ministers of the European Union member states agreed to impose sanctions on Russia in response to the arrest of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. This was reported by Reuters and dpa, citing sources.
According to Reuters sources, the list includes the head of the Investigative Committee of Russia, Alexander Bastrykin, the head of the Federal Service for the Execution of Punishments, Alexander Kalashnikov, the director of the Russian National Guard, Viktor Zolotov, and the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, Igor Krasnov.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has called for new sanctions against Russia after two decisions of Russian courts on Navalny, Deutsche Welle notes.
New sanctions against the Russian Federation on the eve of the ministerial meeting were also announced by Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg.
On February 20, a Russian court refused to comply decision The ECHR and release Navalny and recognized the decision to replace the suspended policy with a real one as legal.
On January 17, 2021, Navalny returned to Russia from Germany, where he was treated after being poisoned with a Novichok-class military substance. The politician was in a coma for 18 days. The oppositionist considers the assassination attempt a terrorist act organized by the FSB on the orders of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Immediately after his return, the politician was detained in the Yves Rocher case and arrested for 30 days (as part of the case, he received a suspended sentence and was supposed to report to the investigators, but did not do this because of his treatment in Germany).
On February 2, the Simonovsky Court of Moscow, at a retreat in the Moscow City Court, replaced Navalny’s suspended sentence with a real one in the Yves Rocher case. Taking into account the time spent under house arrest, the politician will stay in a general regime colony for two years and six and a half months.
After the arrest of Navalny in Russia began mMassive protest actions. According to the opposition’s team, 250-300 thousand people took part in the actions on January 23 across the country, on January 31 – 200-300 thousand. On February 2, on the day of Navalny’s trial, new rallies were held in Russia, but they were not so crowded. On February 4, Navalny’s headquarters reported that they did not intend to organize protests until spring. However, a few days later they changed their minds and announced a new action, which took place on February 14.
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