World US to impose sanctions on Russia for Navalny poisoning: report
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US President Joe Biden's administration is preparing to impose sanctions on Russia for the poisoning and imprisonment of Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny, CNN reported Monday.
Citing two administration officials, CNN wrote that the United States will coordinate with the European Union to determine what the sanctions will entail and their exact timing.
According to one official, a potential option is an executive order that would trigger sanctions on Russia for repeated attacks on US democracy, including the SolarWinds cybersecurity hack and placing bounties on US soldiers in Afghanistan, CNN wrote.
Kremlin critic Navalny begins serving time for parole violation
Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has been transferred to a penal colony east of Moscow to serve a term for violating parole, a public commission that monitors detainees' rights said Sunday. President Vladimir Putin's most prominent opponent was sentenced this month to two-and-a-half years at a facility in the Vladimir region about 200 kilometres (125 miles) east of the capital. He was convicted of violating parole terms while in Germany recovering from a poisoning attack.
The sanctions would be Biden's first on Russia, and would be a marked departure from his predecessor Donald Trump's approach to dealing with Moscow.
Trump was often accused of taking a soft line towards Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, particularly during their 2018 summit in Helsinki when he backed Putin's claim that Moscow didn't interfere in the 2016 US election -- despite American intelligence agencies pointing to the contrary.
The European Union approved sanctions on four senior Russian officials earlier Monday, as UN human rights experts called earlier Monday for an international probe into Navalny's poisoning and his immediate release.
Video: Russia protesters call for Alexei Navalny release (FOX News)
Russian court rejects Navalny’s appeal against jail term
The Kremlin critic appealed a ruling that turned a suspended sentence on embezzlement charges into real jail time. The judge decided to count six weeks Navalny was under house arrest as part of the time served, so he will now be imprisoned for just more than two-and-a-half years in a penal colony. The ruling came even as the country faced a top European rights court’s order to immediately free the Kremlin’s most prominent foe.
The EU sanctions are on four justice and law enforcement officers involved in Navalny's detention. The four are the first individuals to be targeted under the EU's new human rights sanctions regime, which came into effect in December. They will be banned from travelling to the EU and any assets held there will be frozen.
Meanwhile, Agnes Callamard, the UN's special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions, and Irene Khan, the top expert on freedom of opinion and expression, insisted on the need to ensure accountability for Navalny's "sinister poisoning."
They demanded his "immediate release" from a Russian penal colony, where he was transferred last week from a Moscow prison.
Navalny was jailed last month after returning to Moscow from Germany, where the 44-year-old had spent months recovering from a poisoning with a banned nerve agent he blames on Putin. The Kremlin denies it was behind the attack.
The imprisoning of Putin's best-known opponent sparked nationwide protests that saw thousands of demonstrators detained and triggered calls in the West for Navalny's release.
Putin Ramps Up RT’s Propaganda Budget as Poll Rating Slumps .
MOSCOW–With Vladimir Putin’s popularity already in decline, news of the United States’ latest round of sanctions on Russia has alarmed the Kremlin, prompting its cast of experts, advisers, and anti-American ideologues to float several possible responses. Senator Olga Kovitidi promised that Russia would “send America to a blind knockout.” One expert suggested publishing lists of Russian media “spreading fake news.” Certain military experts proposed the formation of “information battalions” in cyberspace, modeled after the masked Russian soldiers deployed in the 2014 Ukraine crisis.