EU proclaims new bundle of sanctions in opposition to 4 Russian officers over jailing of Navalny, as Moscow pledges to reply in variety


Brussels has unveiled a listing of officers it claims are chargeable for the detention of opposition determine Alexey Navalny and “human rights violations” through the policing of subsequent protests, in sanctions introduced on Tuesday.

The people will now face financial and diplomatic measures from the European Union. The group consists of Alexander Kalashnikov, the director of Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service, which was chargeable for implementing Navalny’s arrest after he misplaced contact with probation officers whereas serving a suspended sentence for fraud.

Also on the listing is Alexander Bastrykin, the chairman of the nationwide Investigative Committee, which is chargeable for probing critical crimes. According to Eurocrats, “he is responsible for serious human rights violations in Russia, including arbitrary arrests and detentions.”

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Igor Krasnov, the nation’s prosecutor normal, will equally face sanctions for having “supported the request by the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service to convert the suspended sentence imposed on Alexey Navalny in a case of alleged fraud to a prison sentence.”

The fourth title included on the listing is Viktor Zolotov, the director of the National Guard, which was deployed to police pro-Navalny demonstrations that passed off in cities throughout Russia over the course of two consecutive weekends in January. The EU choice cites alleged aggression by authorities in opposition to journalists, “including Meduza’s correspondent Kristina Safronova, who was hit by [a riot police] officer, and Novaya Gazeta’s journalist Yelizaveta Kirpanova, who was hit on the head with a truncheon leaving her bleeding.”

Earlier on Tuesday, in response to experiences that Brussels and Washington would quickly unveil sanctions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that Moscow would reply in variety.

“We will react unequivocally,” the nation’s high diplomat introduced. “Nobody has cancelled one of the main rules of diplomacy – reciprocity.”

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According to him, the Western measures are “illegitimate and unilateral, of the kind our American colleagues, and the EU members who follow their example, almost always resort to without any reason.”

The escalation, Lavrov argued, was as a result of “there is nothing to show in order to substantiate their claims about Navalny’s poisoning, when all those who treated him are carefully hiding facts that would help us to understand what happened to him.”

“In parallel,” Moscow’s overseas coverage chief added, “instead of honestly co-operating and working transparently, they begin to punish us… then, in my opinion, this doesn’t honor anyone making these decisions.”

On Monday, Lavrov’s deputy, Alexander Grushko, advised journalists that “there will, of course, be a reaction from our side.” However, he cautioned that till the content material of Western sanctions was made public, there was no level “trying to read the tea leaves.”

It is predicted that Washington can even launch particulars of its personal sanctions bundle afterward Tuesday.

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