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TASS /. The Canadian government has introduced sanctions against nine Russian officials over the situation around blogger Alexey Navalny, a statement from Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau read.

The sanctions list includes the head of the Russian FSB Alexander Bortnikov, the first deputy chief of staff of the presidential administration of Russia Sergei Kiriyenko, the director of the National Guard Viktor Zolotov, the chief of the political directorate Presidential Interior Andrei Yarin, Deputy Defense Ministers Alexei Krivoruchko and Pavel Popov, Head of Federal Penitentiary Service Alexander Kalashnikov and Attorney General Igor Krasnov, and Plenipotentiary Representative of the Russian President in the Siberian Federal District Sergei Menyailo.

The sanctions are “part of a concerted diplomatic effort to put pressure on senior Russian administration officials” in response to the incident with Alexey Navalny, the statement said. “These actions are in line with measures previously taken by the European Union and the United States,” the announcement said.

“Canada supports the Russian people in their quest to exercise their right to express themselves freely and to assemble peacefully without fear of reprisal.” Canada will continue to work in a coordinated manner with its allies and partners to prepare and implement effective and unified measures to condemn worrying human rights trends in Russia, ”the statement said.

Navalny incident
Alexey Navalny was rushed to a local hospital in the Siberian city of Omsk on August 20, 2020 after collapsing on a flight to Moscow from Tomsk. He fell into a coma and was put on a ventilator in an intensive care unit. On August 22, he was flown to Berlin and admitted to the Charite hospital. On September 22, Navalny was released from the hospital.

On September 2, Berlin claimed that after examining Navalny’s test samples, German government toxicologists concluded that the blogger had been affected by a toxic agent belonging to the Novichok family. According to Germany, these results have been confirmed by laboratories in France and Sweden.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said earlier that Russia was ready for comprehensive cooperation with Germany. He stressed that no toxic substance had been detected in Navalny’s system before his transfer to Berlin.

Navalny was arrested upon his return to Moscow on January 17. On February 2, the Simonovsky court in Moscow replaced Navalny’s three-and-a-half-year suspended prison sentence in the Yves Rocher case with an actual prison sentence for multiple probation violations. On February 20, the Moscow City Court upheld this decision.

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