In the statement made by the US Treasury Department, it was announced that the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) took action once again to hold Russia responsible for the poisoning of Navalny 3 years ago.
Reminding that Navalny was imprisoned on his return to Russia in January 2021, the statement reminded that he was sentenced to 19 years in prison on 4 August on charges of “extremism”.
In the statement, it was stated that OFAC will impose sanctions on Alexey Alexandrovich Alexandrov, Konstantin Kudryavtsev, Ivan Vladimirovich Osipov and Vladimir Alexandrovich Panyaev, who were involved in the poisoning of Navalny.
It was stated that these people were also included in the scope of sanctions in 2021.
US Treasury Department Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson, whose evaluations are included in the statement, stated that they reminded Russian President Vladimir Putin and his administration, with sanctions, that there are consequences for violating the human rights of the Russian people, as well as waging an unjustified war against Ukraine.
Stating that the assassination attempt on Navalny in 2020 represents the Kremlin’s “contempt for human rights”, Nelson emphasized that they will continue to use the authorities at their disposal to hold the “voluntary executioners” of the Kremlin to account.
Visa restrictions imposed
US State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller also stated in his written statement on the subject that they applied visa restrictions to the people in question because they were involved in a “grave human rights violation”.
Saying that today’s sanctions remind Russia of the consequences of violating internationally recognized human rights, Miller said the United States will continue to use its powers to promote accountability in such actions.
Miller stated that they condemned the injustice against Navalny and reiterated his call for Navalny’s immediate release.