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World The United States sanctions Russia after the poisoning of Navalny

19:07  02 march  2021
19:07  02 march  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Les Etats-Unis sanctionnent la Russie après l’empoisonnement de Navalny © Pixabay The United States sanctions Russia after the poisoning of Navalny The United States claims that Russia has poisoned the opponent Alexeï Navalny and announces sanctions against several senior officials in the country led by Vladimir Putin.

Head winds for Russia. While the United States intelligence services consider Moscow responsible for poisoning opponent Alexei Navalny , Washington has imposed sanctions against several senior officials of Russia . "The intelligence community has a high degree of confidence that Russian Security Service (FSB) officials used a nerve agent known as Novichok to poison Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on August 20 2020, "a US official said on condition of anonymity.

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The sanctions, which target in particular seven senior officials, were taken "in close consultation with our EU partners" and are "a clear signal" sent to Moscow, the same source added. "We reiterate our call for the immediate and unconditional release of Mr. Navalny," it was added. These are the first sanctions against Russia announced by Joe Biden. Since coming to power on January 20, the Democratic president has taken a much firmer tone towards Moscow than his Republican predecessor Donald Trump.

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"We are not looking for an overhaul or an escalation," said a senior American official, stressing that the United States would not hesitate to show firmness whenever they deem it necessary. The 44-year-old Russian opponent arrived Sunday in a penal colony 200 kilometers east of Moscow to serve a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence, which he and his supporters denounce as political. The Russian justice system transformed last January in prison a suspended sentence to which he was sentenced in 2014.

Alexeï Navalny has been sent to a penal colony

 Alexeï Navalny has been sent to a penal colony © Supplied by Le Point C ' is confirmed. The opponent to the Kremlin Alexeï Navalny has indeed been transferred to the penal colony where he must serve a sentence of two and a half years of detention , announced Friday the head of the Russian prison service (FSIN). On Thursday, lawyers and relatives of the Kremlin critic announced his departure from the Moscow detention center where he had been held since his arrest.

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Navalny has been the target of multiple legal proceedings since his return to Russia in January of five months of convalescence in Germany following his poisoning. His arrest on January 17 sparked major protests in Russia, to which authorities responded with more than 11,000 arrests, usually followed by fines and short prison terms.

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Russian opposition leader transferred "to remove him from Moscow" .
Imprisoned in the capital, Alexey Navalny continued to challenge Vladimir Putin's authority. Now he's miles away, and knows "even less about what is happening in the outside world."Attorney Vadim Kobzev called Navalny's transfer — which came without any explanation or clear legal grounds — "a political thing… in order to remove him from Moscow.

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