The EU and the US have imposed new sanctions against Russia over the situation with Navalny

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Four Russians fell under the European restrictions, seven people, and 14 organizations fell under the American restrictions.

On Tuesday, the European Union and the United States officially imposed new sanctions against Russia over the situation with Alexei Navalny. Four Russians fell under the European restrictions, seven people and 14 organizations fell under the American restrictions, only a part of which are Russian.

Free News has collected the main information about the new sanctions.

Who is on the European list?

The new restrictions will affect the head of the Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, the Russian Guard commander, Viktor Zolotov, the Federal Penitentiary Service heads, and the Prosecutor General’s Office Alexander Kalashnikov and Igor Krasnov. All of them are prohibited from entering the EU and storing funds in banks of the community countries.

These are the first sanctions that have been imposed against Russia under a new mechanism that involves measures for human rights violations. Previously, such restrictions were imposed within the framework of either general sanctions against individual countries, or so-called special mechanisms, for example, for the use of chemical weapons.

On October 15, 2020, the European Union already included in the sanctions list related to the situation with Navalny, Police Director Alexander Bortnikov, first Deputy head of the Presidential Administration Sergei Kiriyenko, head of the Presidential Department for Internal Policy Andrey Yarin, Deputy Defense Ministers Alexey Krivoruchko and Pavel Popov, as well as the envoy to the Siberian Federal District Sergei Menyailo.

US sanctions

The lists of individuals and organizations that the United States has sanctioned have not yet been published. The US administration clarified that we are talking about “seven high-ranking officials” in the Russian government.

Also, according to available data, we are talking about nine Russian, three German, and one Swiss organization, as well as one “state research institute,” which will be subject to “the greatest restrictions within the framework of export regulations.”

Earlier, Bloomberg reported that the US sanctions would be comparable to the European Union’s measures.

Russia’s reaction

Moscow has already promised to respond to new EU and US sanctions. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the reaction would be based on the principle of reciprocity.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko noted that the European Union’s decision to approve the next restrictive measures was not a surprise for Moscow. He called such actions a dead-end, destroying bilateral relations and not meeting the interests of the European countries themselves.

The chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, Leonid Slutsky, noted that the introduction of personal sanctions by the European Union against Russian citizens “is absolutely illegal, as well as useless.” According to him, this is “another step in the chain of provocations” that create a background for the policy of deterring Moscow.

Author: Steve Cowan
Graduated From Princeton University. He has been at the Free Press since October 2014. Previously worked as a regional entertainment editor.
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