Navalny poisoning: UK and US sanctioned seven more Russians

Navalny poisoning: UK and US sanctioned seven more Russians


The UK and the US on Friday sanctioned seven Russian officials for poisoning imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. Friday (August 20) marked a year of near-fatal poisoning in Navalny.

All sanctioned persons are members of the Russian State Security Service FSB. They are accused of planning or carrying out the neurotoxin attack.

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The UK and the US on Friday sanctioned seven Russian officials for poisoning imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. Friday (August 20) marked a year of near-fatal poisoning in Navalny.

All sanctioned persons are members of the Russian State Security Service FSB. They are accused of planning or carrying out the neurotoxin attack.

These individuals now face asset freezes and travel bans under the sanctions.

The measures mark the UK’s second round of reprisals for the poisoning after targeting six people and one entity in October 2020.

The USA and the European Union also imposed their own sanctions in March.

Western secret services have assessed with “high confidence” that FSB officials poisoned Navalny with the neurotoxin Novichok in the past year.

The dissident was flown to Germany for treatment but defiantly returned in January, only to be arrested and then taken to a penal colony.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the recent sanctions were “a clear message that any use of chemical weons by the Russian state is against international law”.

He reiterated the West’s call for a “transparent criminal investigation” into the poisoning.

“We call on Russia to declare its full inventory of novichok nerve warfare agents,” added Raab, saying there should be no impunity for the use of chemical weapons.

(With contributions from agencies)

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