EU sanctions on six Putin allies over Newell's poisoning

The European Union (EU) has listed six people in Russia as part of an alliance with President Vladimir Putin in an attempt to assassinate opposition leader Alexei Navalny.


EU sanctions on six Putin allies over Newell's poisoning

Alexander Bortnikov, head of Russia's domestic intelligence agency, is among the targets of a freeze on EU assets and travel bans imposed on Thursday. Sergei Kiriyenko, the first deputy chief of staff in the presidential administration; And Andrei Yarin, head of the presidential administration's domestic policy directorate.


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The 27-member block also freezes the assets of one entity: the State Scientific Research Institute for Organic Chemistry and Technology.


Nine days after the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) imposed fines on August 20 for poisoning a military-grade novice nerve agent in Russia. He was then flown’ to Germany for treatment.


Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that the government in Moscow would retaliate against bilateral sanctions against the European Union.


Ongoing disputes

Navalny's case is the latest in a series of EU-Russia conflicts, including Moscow's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea the region in 2014, the poisoning of a former Russian double agent on US soil in 2018 and the controversial Belarusian presidency on August 9. Elections are included.


Six years ago, as part of a larger package of sanctions on Russia over its intervention in Ukraine, the European Union blacklisted women near the Kremlin.


The fines on Thursday were based’ on a German-French plan and were published in the block's official journal following a speedy approval process.


The other three blacklisted Russians are two deputy defense ministers, Aleksei Krivoruchko and Pavel Popov, and Putin's envoy to the Federal District of Siberia, Sergei Menyaylo.


The Russian government says it has no evidence that Navalny was poisoned and officials have called the case an upset by Western security services.


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