The United States is preparing to are responsible for Russia for poisoning and imprisoning Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Washington is expected to coordinate sanctions with its European counterparts in the coming weeks. This was revealed by sources to Politico.
The previous US administration had prepared sanctions after Navalny’s poisoning, but never implemented them, sources explained. It will also be the first step for the new administration to hold Moscow accountable for human rights abuses, which Biden and Secretary of State Anthony Blinkon have identified as one of the pillars of their foreign policy.
The EU is sanctioning the heads of four Russian security forces over Navalny
Including the chief prosecutor and the head of the investigation
The Biden administration did not start from scratch in drafting the sanctions. She inherited a comprehensive package from the previous administration. The package includes three types of sanction: Sanctioning of individuals who arrested Navalny under the Magnitsky Act, sanctions for violating the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Destruction Act of 1991 and Executive Order 13382, which aims to freeze the assets of individuals and legal entities, which are related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their supporters. The sanctions prepared by the Donald Trump administration also offer cancellation of visas for Russian representatives and restricting exports of dual-use items to Russia that can be used to produce weapons of mass destruction.
Yesterday EU foreign ministers agree to impose sanctions on four senior Russian officials in response to the imprisonment of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and the crackdown on his supporters.
Bulk could be released in 2023
His lawyer is appealing the court’s decision on Saturday
The 44-year-old Russian oppositionist was detained at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow less than an hour after arriving from Germany, where he was recovering for five months from poisoning by a newcomer, presumably by order of President Vladimir Putin.
A Russian court ruledthat he must be imprisoned for 2 years and 8 months for violating a suspended sentence of 2014. 7 years ago Navalny was given a suspended sentence of 3 years and 6 months in prison, but the term of imprisonment has been reduced because almost a year the oppositionist was under house arrest.
A Russian court has upheld Navalny’s effective sentence
However, it was reduced by a month and a half
The Kremlin critic and anti-corruption activist fell ill after boarding a plane in Siberia in August 2020. He was later hospitalized in Berlin. Germany claims that there is evidence that Navalny was poisoned by a newcomer, but Moscow replied that doctors had found no trace of the poison.
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