Washington DC [US], August 21 (ANI): The US Treasury Department on Friday sanctioned Russian agents and entities linked to the poisoning of opposition figure Alexei Navalny.
Navalny, one of the main Russian opposition leaders, was poisoned in a nerve agent attack and was sent to Germany for treatment. He was arrested by Russian authorities upon his return to the country.
The US government believes that agents of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) used the nerve agent Novichok to poison Navalny, causing him to fall seriously ill on August 20 of last year, as he returned to Moscow after having campaigned in Tomsk and Novosibirsk.
Today, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the US State Department joined with the UK in imposing additional sanctions on Russia in response to the poisoning sponsored by the state of Russian opposition leader Aleksey Navalny which took place a year ago today, ”the US Treasury Department said in a statement.
New sanctions were imposed under the Chemical and Biological Control and the Elimination of Warfare Act of 1991 (CBW Act). The new sanctions include restrictions on permanent imports of certain Russian firearms.
“New and pending permit applications for the permanent importation of firearms and ammunition manufactured or located in Russia will be subject to a denial policy. Additional Commerce Department export restrictions on nuclear and missile-related products and technologies in accordance with the Export Control Reform Act of 2018, “the US State Department said.
Specifically, the relevant US authorities have identified nine Russian individuals and two Russian entities involved in the poisoning of Navalny or in Russia’s chemical weapons program. In addition, the US State Department has designated two scientific laboratories of the Russian Ministry of Defense which are engaged in activities aimed at developing Russia’s chemical weapons capabilities.
“Today, on the first anniversary of the poisoning of Aleksey Navalny by Russian government agents, we stand in solidarity with our ally, the United Kingdom, in once again condemning the Kremlin’s use of ‘a chemical weapon to target one of the main Russian opposition leaders, “OFAC said. Director Andrea Gacki. “The poisoning of Navalny was a shocking violation of international standards against the use of chemical weapons and was part of an ongoing campaign to silence dissenting voices in Russia.” In March of this year, the Treasury Department sanctioned seven Russian government officials for their involvement in the poisoning of Navalny. (ANI)