The United States announced sanctions against seven high-ranking Russian officials in response to the “poisoning and imprisonment of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Fourteen companies involved in the production of biological and chemical agents have also been punished. These measures revealed internal sources for the Biden administration, as it was decided in” close cooperation “with European partners, who on Monday imposed sanctions on four Russian officials for the same reason.
Navalny was poisoned with a nerve agent last August. An attack that secret services in various countries held the Kremlin responsible for. After five months of rehab in Germany, Navalny returned home in January, having been arrested on suspicion of violating probation terms in a case in which he was involved. Moscow denied all charges against the sender.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said: “Those who treated him carefully are hiding information that could help understand what happened. Meanwhile, instead of cooperating with us in a sincere way, the United States and the European Union have begun to punish us .. This does not bring any credibility to those who take action. Generation decisions. We will answer for sure. ”
Last month, Navalny was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for embezzlement in a case dating back to 2014 in which he always defended his innocence. After his arrest, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in various Russian cities. The protests were suppressed by force by the police, and hundreds of people were arrested. On Sunday, Navalny was transferred to the criminal colony of Pokrov, 100 km from Moscow, where the opposition leader will serve his sentence.