MOSCOW, March 2 – RIA Novosti. The United States may impose new sanctions against Russia due to the situation with Alexei Navalny as early as Tuesday, March 2.
It is expected that Washington will act in this matter within the framework of decrees 13661, issued in March 2014 – after the events in Crimea (then its residents voted for joining Russia in a referendum), and 13382, issued to combat the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. and the US Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Military Prohibition Act of 1991, Reuters reported, citing knowledgeable sources.
Earlier, CNN, citing sources in the US administration, reported that Washington, in coordination with the EU, plans to announce sanctions against Russia in connection with the situation with Alexei Navalny this week. Later on Monday, the State Department confirmed that the US views the Navalny situation as an urgent issue and is in close coordination with the EU on what steps to take with regard to Moscow.
A court in Moscow on February 2 ruled to cancel Navalny's suspended sentence in the Yves Rocher case and replace him with three and a half years in a general regime colony due to numerous violations of the conditions of the probationary period. The Moscow City Court recognized the decision to replace Navalny's suspended sentence with a real one. He will have to spend about two and a half years in the colony. Allegations that Navalny was being persecuted solely for his political activities have been refuted by the European Court of Human Rights, although he awarded compensation for house arrest, which were paid by the Russian authorities.
The Yves Rocher case was initiated by the Investigative Committee at the request of the then head of the company's representative office in Russia, French citizen Bruno Leproux. As the court established, Navalny and his brother Oleg tricked the representatives of Yves Rocher to conclude an agreement for the transportation of mail with the Glavnaya Subscription Agency company, which they created. Services, according to the verdict, were provided at inflated rates and by another transport company. The total damage, according to the RF IC, exceeded 30 million rubles: 26 million were stolen from Yves Rocher, the rest from the Interregional Processing Company, which, according to the investigation, became another object of fraud.
Navalny was hospitalized in Omsk on August 20, 2020 after he fell ill on a plane en route from Tomsk. Based on the results of the examinations, the Omsk doctors called the main diagnosis a metabolic disorder, which caused a sharp change in blood sugar. What caused it is not yet clear, but according to Omsk doctors, no poisons were found in Navalny's blood and urine.
Later he was transported by plane to Germany. After that, the FRG government announced, citing military doctors, that Navalny was allegedly poisoned with a substance from the Novichok group of toxic warfare agents. Later, the Cabinet of Ministers of the Federal Republic of Germany reported that the conclusions of German experts were confirmed by the laboratories of Sweden and France, in parallel, at the request of Berlin, the OPCW is conducting its own research. In this regard, the Kremlin stated that Berlin did not inform Moscow of its findings, and the Russian Foreign Ministry then stressed that Russia was waiting for a response from Germany to an official request on this situation: within a month Russia sent Germany requests for legal assistance on the situation with Navalny, responses on them at that time were not received, as well as from the OPCW – on the corresponding letters.
On the day of Navalny's hospitalization, Russian prosecutors and police began to conduct their checks. The FRG authorities did not earlier deny that the German intelligence service BND had access to the Novichok military poisoning agent since the 1990s. The Russian Foreign Ministry stated that the West and the OPCW, by not providing the Russian Federation with information about the substance with which Navalny was allegedly poisoned, were hiding the key “evidence.”