Biden administration sanctions Russian authorities over alleged

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny stands inside a glass cell during a court hearing at the Babushkinsky district court in Moscow on February 20, 2021.

WASHINGTON– The United States approved 7 members of the Russian federal government for the alleged poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny and his subsequent arrest and detention in Moscow.

Washington also enforced sanctions on 14 entities involved in the chemical and biological commercial base in Russia, senior administration authorities, who spoke on the condition of privacy, said Tuesday.

Russia’s military intelligence wing, known as the GRU, and Russia’s Federal Security Service, or FSB, were sanctioned for their declared role in the poisoning. The GosNIIOKhT, 33rd TsNIII and the 27th Scientific Center were also approved for developing Russia’s chemical weapons capabilities.

“The Kremlin’s use of chemical weapons to silence a political opponent and frighten others demonstrates its flagrant disregard for international standards,” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen composed in a statement. “We sign up with the EU in condemning Alexei Navalny’s poisoning along with his arrest and jail time by the Russian government,” she included.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken composed in a separate declaration that the sanctions would “send out a clear signal” to Russia that use of chemical weapons and human rights abuses carry large effects.

“Any use of chemical weapons is inappropriate and contravenes worldwide norms,” Blinken wrote.

Navalny, a leading critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, flew to Russia from Berlin, where he invested nearly half a year recovering for a nerve representative poisoning that took place last August. He was arrested at passport control and later sentenced to more than 2 years in prison.

Last summertime, Navalny was medically left to Germany from a Russian hospital after he ended up being ill following reports that something was contributed to his tea. Russian physicians dealing with Navalny rejected that the Kremlin critic had been poisoned and blamed his comatose state on low blood sugar level levels.

In September, the German government said that the 44-year-old Russian dissident was poisoned by a chemical nerve representative, explaining the toxicology report as providing “unquestionable evidence.” The nerve agent was in the family of Novichok, which was developed by the Soviet Union. Toxicology tests conducted in France and Sweden likewise concerned the very same conclusion.

The Kremlin has repeatedly rejected having a role in Navalny’s poisoning.

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