WASHINGTON, Mar 3 – RIA Novosti. The US Department of Commerce named 13 organizations against which trade sanctions were imposed.
Earlier, the United States, following the European Union, introduced restrictions against Russia, linking them to the situation around Alexei Navalny. The blacklist included nine companies from Russia, three from Germany, and one from Switzerland.
The sanctions for “proliferation activities in support of the Russian weapons of mass destruction program” affected the following organizations: —Chimmed Group; —Chimconnect GmbH; —Chimconnect AG; —Pharmkontract GmbH; —Femteko; —Interlab; —LabInvest; —OOO ANALIT products; —OOO Intertech; —Pharmcontract GC; —Rau Faem; -Regionsnab; -Riol-Chemie
“Nine of these organizations are located in Russia, three in Germany and one in Switzerland,” the US Department of Trade said.
In addition, as previously reported, sanctions are being introduced against the 27th scientific center of the Russian Ministry of Defense.
Any transactions involving the export of these companies' products to the United States are subject to a “presumption of waiver” licensing regime. Also, persons dealing with these companies risk, in turn, falling under US sanctions.
In addition, the US Treasury has imposed restrictions on seven “high-ranking representatives” of the Russian government over the Navalny case. Among them are the head of the FSB Alexander Bortnikov, the head of the FSIN Alexander Kalashnikov, the prosecutor general Igor Krasnov, the deputy defense minister Pavel Popov, the deputy defense minister Alexei Krivoruchko, the first deputy head of the Kremlin administration Sergei Kiriyenko, and the head of the Kremlin's internal policy department Andrei Yarin. All property of these persons found in the jurisdiction of the United States will be blocked.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova called the new US sanctions “a hostile anti-Russian attack” and called on Washington “not to play with fire.”
On February 2, a court in Moscow ruled to replace Navalny's suspended sentence in the Yves Rocher case 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 this decision as legal. Now Navalny has to spend about two and a half years in the colony.
Allegations that he is being persecuted solely for his political activities have been refuted by the European Court of Human Rights: Strasbourg did not recognize the political motives in the Yves Rocher case, although it awarded compensation for house arrest paid by the Russian authorities.