EU and US Slap Sanctions on Russia over Navalny

Brussels and Washington, D.C., imposed new sanctions against senior Russian officials on Tuesday, delivering a one-two punch at the Kremlin over the poisoning attack and jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Politico reported. The Council of the EU formally imposed penalties on the head of Russia's investigative committee, Alexander Bastrykin; the prosecutor-general, Igor Krasnov; the head of the national guard, Viktor Zolotov; and the head of the federal prison service, Alexander Kalashnikov, for "their roles in the arbitrary arrest, prosecution and sentencing of" Navalny, according to a statement, "as well as the repression of peaceful protests in connection with his unlawful treatment." The U.S. Treasury, State and Commerce departments, meanwhile, imposed somewhat broader sanctions that also included penalties for the assassination attempt on Navalny last summer in which he was poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent. The U.S. measures include sanctions on seven senior Russian officials — whom the White House did not identify — as well as an expansion of sanctions under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act, new export restrictions on items that could be used for biological agent and chemical production, and visa restrictions, Biden administration officials said. Read more.