UK imposes sanctions on prison officials where Russian dissident Navalny died

Britain has imposed sanctions against the managers of the prison where Russian oppositionist Alexei Navalny died.

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According to a statement by the British Foreign Office, sanctions will be imposed on 6 prison administrators, including a ban on entry to the UK and an asset freeze.

In the statement, it was noted that the UK was the first country to impose sanctions over Navalny’s death, and the names of the people in question were also shared.

Colonel Vadim Konstantinovich Kalinin, the director of the prison, Colonel Aleksandr Valerievich Obraztsov, Lieutenant Colonel Sergey Nikolaevich Korzhov, Lieutenant Colonel Vasily Alexandrovich Vydrin, Lieutenant Colonel Vladimir Ivanovich Pilipchik and Lieutenant Colonel Aleksandr Vladimirovich Golyakov will be sanctioned.

The statement said that the UK holds the Russian government responsible for Navalny’s death and called for the Russian dissident’s body to be returned to his family as soon as possible.

Commenting on the issue, Foreign Secretary David Cameron said, “Russia saw Navalny as a clear threat and constantly tried to silence him. In 2020 they tried to poison him with ‘Novichok’, jailed him for his peaceful political actions and sent him to the Arctic. No one should doubt Russia’s repressive nature.”

“Those responsible for the brutal treatment of Navalny should make no mistake, we will hold them to account,” Cameron said.

Navalny’s punishment and death

Russia’s Federal Prison Service announced on February 16 that oppositionist Alexei Navalny had died in prison and that the cause of his death would be investigated.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a statement that the Federal Penitentiary Service is investigating the causes of Navalny’s death within the framework of certain rules and that there is no need for any instructions for this, “Doctors will conduct the necessary investigations.”

Kremlin opponent Alexei Navalny was arrested at the airport on January 17, 2021 on his return to the capital Moscow after receiving treatment in Berlin, Germany, for alleged poisoning.

Upon the request of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service, the case against Navalny was concluded in the Moscow City Court on February 2, 2021; Navalny’s 3.5-year suspended prison sentence, which was given as a result of a corruption case in the past, was converted to a normal prison sentence on the grounds that he did not fulfill the conditions of judicial control.

In August 2023, a Russian court sentenced Navalny to 19 years in prison for forming an extremist group.

Alexei Navalny was included on a list of people linked to terrorism and extremism in Russia in January last year.


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