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World Navalny case: Why Europe has trouble sanctioning Putin Russia

00:40  20 april  2021
00:40  20 april  2021 Source:   leparisien.fr

Alexei Navalny Ally Convicted of Trespassing After Ringing Doorbell of Alleged Russian Operative's Relative

  Alexei Navalny Ally Convicted of Trespassing After Ringing Doorbell of Alleged Russian Operative's Relative The alleged Russian security operative inadvertently released details of Alexei Navalny's nerve-agent poisoning during a recorded phone call.Lyubov Sobol was found guilty of forcibly trespassing at an apartment of a relative of Konstantin Kudryavtsev, a Russian security operative who inadvertently released details of Navalny's nerve-agent poisoning during a recorded phone call last year.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has condemned as "illegal and dangerous" the mass rallies in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny . Tens of thousands defied a heavy police presence to join the rallies across Russia on Saturday. More than 3,500 were detained, monitors say. EU foreign ministers discussed the protests on Monday, but did not agree on further sanctions on Russia . In Moscow riot police were seen beating and dragging away demonstrators. The foreign ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are demanding "restrictive measures against Russian officials

The European Union is preparing to impose financial sanctions on six high-ranking Russian officials from the Defense Ministry, domestic spy service and the Kremlin who are believed to have been involved in the poisoning of Aleksei A. Navalny , the prominent Russian opposition leader. The others are Aleksei Krivoruchko and Pavel Popov, two deputy ministers of defense, and Sergei Menyaylo, Mr. Putin ’s envoy to the Siberian Federal District. The European Union is also expected to impose sanctions on the Russian State Research Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology.

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The fast deterioration of the health status of the Russian opponent Alexei Navalny pushed the Europe to react. At least in its official statements. The French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, said "extremely concerned" and pointed the "major responsibility" of President Vladimir Putin. A message also passed through the leader of German diplomacy, the European Union and the United States.

This Monday, Navalny, owned since it returned to Russia , could finally be hospitalized. At the same time, the foreign ministers of the 27 countries of the European Union met to evoke this case, but also the relations with Russia, in particular its deployment of troops on the edge of Ukraine and the crossed evictions Russian and Czech diplomats. But while it has multiplied the sanctions since the Donbass crisis in 2014, does the European Union still have a maneuver margin to accentuate pressure on Moscow?

Doctors urge Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to end his hunger strike immediately or risk death

  Doctors urge Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to end his hunger strike immediately or risk death Kremlin critic Navalny has been on a hunger strike since March 31, and has been denied access to doctors.On Thursday, the BBC reported that five of Navalny's doctors warned that Navalny could die if the hunger strike continues any longer. He started his hunger strike on March 31 and has persisted for 23 days.

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Russian politicians have told President Vladimir Putin that he 'bears personal responsibility for the life' of Alexei Navalny as the Kremlin critic's life 'hangs by a thread' in prison. It comes as Leonid Volkov, a top strategist for Navalny , said Navalny 's health is deteriorating and called for demonstrations to take place Meanwhile EU leaders said sanctions placed on Russia earlier this year could be increased if Navalny perishes, with a summit to discuss the issue today. Sullivan said Washington is 'looking at a variety of different costs that we would impose if Mr Navalny dies', while refusing to go into specifics.

"We can always find new penalties but it may become harmful to Europe itself, says Jean de Gliniasty, Research Director at the Institute of International and Strategic Relations (IRIS) and former Ambassador of France in Russia . Trade, in the range of € 15 billion, are important for the European Union. " In addition, note this expert from Russia, " individual sanctions against diplomats have no effect."

A point on which Arnaud Dubien joins him as a researcher at the Iris and Director of the Franco-Russian Observatory in Moscow. "In reality, the EU can not do much and will not bend Putin. The EU can sanction to sanction, but Russia is impervious to sanctions, "he considers, believing that the next stage of a possible climbing would be" close to a declaration of war ".

Jailed Putin critic Alexei Navalny says he will start to end his hunger strike

  Jailed Putin critic Alexei Navalny says he will start to end his hunger strike Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny said Friday he will start to end the hunger strike he began on March 31. Via his Instagram account, Navalny said it would take him 24 days to gradually end the strike, but said he was still demanding to see a doctor of his own choice.Navalny, one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's most vocal critics in recent years, was transferred to a prison hospital on April 19, three weeks into a hunger strike. He had been protesting against his treatment in prison, saying he had been denied urgent medical treatment.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been moved to a prison hospital, where the authorities say his condition is "satisfactory". He has been on hunger strike for 20 days, complaining of inadequate medical attention. He is now in Vladimir, a city 180km (112 miles) east of Moscow. Western governments blamed the Russian state for the attack, and Navalny blamed President Vladimir Putin directly. The Kremlin denied any involvement and disputed the conclusion about Novichok. The prison service said doctors had decided to move Navalny on Monday to a hospital in Penal Colony No 3 in

Putting Navalny on CNN and having him hang out with Merkel is conducive to strengthening his political legitimacy in the West. Yet, the assumption of moral authority within Russia appears to be a miscalculation. The news network that has peddled the Russiagate conspiracy theory for the past four years and Chancellor Merkel, the champion of sanctions , are hardly sources of legitimacy in Russia . If Navalny continues down this road, he will ultimately become as irrelevant as other 'celebrity' Putin opponents, such as Mikhail Khodorkovsky or Garry Kasparov, who are far more popular in the West

Economic sanctions harmful for Europe

for these connoisseurs of Russia, an umpteenth warning, collective, is expected to leave the meeting of the 27 foreign ministers. As for economic sanctions, they are necessarily limited by the interdependence between the European block and the Russian block. "Europe does not have a lot of levers and does not want to cut the bridges, Analysis Arnaud Dubien. She also needs Russia, for example for the security of the continent. Conversely, if Russia does not sell its gas, it goes bankrupt. So, if the ministers demanded the release of Navalny , Moscow would not even take the trouble to answer. "

An additional climb of tensions could have adverse effects for agri-food companies for example. "In previous crises, German farmers have lost market share. Russia then turned to China. A country whose productions will replace us very quickly, "recalls the former Ambassador of France in Russia.

Alexey Navalny ends hunger strike

  Alexey Navalny ends hunger strike Jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny said Friday that he is ending his weekslong hunger strike, following a warning from doctors close to him that he was close to death. © Vladimir Gerdo/TASS/Getty Images MOSCOW, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 20, 2021: Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny during an offsite hearing of the Moscow City Court into his appeal against the court ruling to convert his suspended sentence of three and a half years in the Yves Rocher case into a real jail term, at the Babushkinsky District Court.

Western countries have also condemned Russian authorities for allowing Navalny 's condition to deteriorate. On Sunday, US national security adviser Jake Sullivan said the Biden administration is weighing options to punish Russia if Navalny dies in state custody. "We have communicated to the Russian government that what happens to Mr. Navalny in their custody is their responsibility and they will be held accountable by the international community," Sullivan told CNN. "In terms of the specific measures that we would take, we are looking at a variety of different costs that we would impose and

The US has warned Russia there will be "consequences" if the opposition activist Alexei Navalny dies in jail. The UK, France, Germany and the European Union have also expressed their concern over his treatment. Navalny 's doctors say he "will die within the next few days" if not given urgent medical attention for A prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin , Navalny , 44, was jailed in February for old embezzlement charges, which he claims are politically motivated. He started a hunger strike on 31 March in protest at not being able to see his own medical team, and his doctors say recent blood test

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"Still with the goal of keeping Navalny alive, the EU can tackle the Russian portfolio", advance Galia Ackerman , essayist and Specialist of Russia . Another superpower has done it with a certain impact: the United States has banned their financial institutions to buy directly from the debt issued by Russia. Europe could do very well, according to this expert, "in this period of glaciation of relations".

Amongst assumptions that come to Europe, Galia Ackerman adds a threat that has already been brandished. "It could exclude Russia from the global banking system system, named SWIFT. This could embarrass them in their international transactions the time they conceive a parallel system, "she says. Also "threaten to stop" the North Stream 2, Pipeline project supposed to supply Germany and Europe in Russian gas, very controversial but being completed. A realization hitherto very dear to Germany.

This researcher associated with the University of Caen believes that these different measures would have no impact on Europe, "able to cope without the products and the Russian security". A notice that does not share his colleague Jean de Gliniasty: "We can certainly align our sanctions on those of the United States. But

Americans can afford to take more stringent measures because they do not export in Russia than consumer goods, such as iPhone. Russian replicas in response will less affect them.

Russia shuts down Alexey Navalny's anti-corruption foundation .
Navalny's plight has galvanized anti-Putin protests, and as a court mulls whether to declare his group "extremist," the Kremlin's crackdown on the opposition could backfire.CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer reports that Navalny's supporters used his strike action as a springboard for new anti- government protests.

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