EU to sanction 4 Russian officers for crackdown on Kremlin critic Navalny, World Information
International ministers of the European Union on Monday agreed to sanction 4 senior officers from Russia within the aftermath of crackdown on Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
The diplomats didn’t reveal particulars of the names of officers who’re set to face asset freezes and journey bans.
On February 20, a Moscow courtroom convicted Alexei Navalny for defaming a World Warfare II veteran who was amongst a gaggle of Russians he referred to as “traitors” for showing in a pro-Kremlin video.
Choose Vera Akimova ordered him to pay a high quality of 850,000 rubles ($11,500/9,500 euros).
The mentioned promotional video backed constitutional reforms final 12 months. The reforms, accredited in a referendum, will let Russian President Vladimir Putin run for 2 extra phrases within the Kremlin after 2024 if he needs to.
Earlier than the choose started studying the decision, Navalny made jokes and spoke to reporters from inside his glass field. “Why are you so unhappy?” he mentioned, including he was making an attempt to make ice cream in jail and had already made pickled cucumbers.
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Navalny was ordered on February 2 to serve time in a penal colony for breaching his parole phrases whereas he was in Germany recovering from a nerve agent poisoning he blames on the Kremlin.
The Kremlin critic, earlier on Saturday, misplaced an enchantment in opposition to his jailing over a separate case.
Within the listening to, Choose Dmitry Balashov dismissed Navalny’s enchantment of a choice to imprison him for violating the phrases of a suspended sentence on embezzlement costs he says have been politically motivated.
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He described the authorized course of to jail him as “absurd” and referred to as on Russians to take motion to make the nation a greater place. “Russia ought to be not solely free but in addition comfortable,” Navalny mentioned.
Prosecutors mentioned Navalny had acted as if he was above the regulation and had “an unique proper to do as he pleases”.
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