The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine decided to impose sanctions against seven employees of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), who are allegedly involved in the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. This was announced by the secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov during a briefing.
"Today, sanctions were introduced against the first people. Seven officials who were directly involved. FSB officers involved in the poisoning of Navalny. They came under sanctions," Danilov said.
As we reported earlier, Navalny returned to Russia on January 17. Officers of the search department of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia detained him right after his plane landed in Moscow.
It is worth noting that he has been on the country's federal wanted list since December 29, 2020, for repeated violations of the probationary period - Navalny is currently sentenced to conditional punishment.
Prior to that, the politician stayed in Germany, being treated at the Charite clinic and recovering from the poisoning by Novichok nerve agent in August 2020. The Russian law enforcers prosecute Navalny for "evading control measures", as he is the defendant in the Yves-Rocher case (2014). Navalny himself calls the case trumped-up and politically motivated.
On February 2, the Moscow court sentenced Alexei Navalny to 3,5 years of imprisonment in the standard-regime penal colony. Thus, the suspended sentence in the "Yves Rocher" case became the jail time for the leading Russian opposition figure.