Navalny anti-corruption group calls on Biden to punish Putin’s allies

Navalny anti-corruption group calls on Biden to punish Putin's allies

Berlin, Germany – January 23: Protesters hold a banner reading “FREE NAVALNY” as around 2,500 supporters of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny march to demand his release from prison in Moscow on January 23, 2021 in Berlin, Germany. Demonstrators from the Federal Chancellery marched through the Russian embassy to the Brandenburg Gate also partially at the invitation of Navalny to protest Russian President Vladimir Putin. Navalny, who was arrested earlier this week on his return from Germany to Moscow, called for protests against Putin across Russia, although the Russian authorities refused to allow this and considered the protests illegal. Berlin is home to a large expatriate Russian community. (Photo by Omar Messinger / Getty Images)

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In a letter addressed to President Joe Biden, the Anti-Corruption Foundation of Russia’s opposition leader Alexei Navalny called on the United States to impose sanctions on dozens of Russian oligarchs and government officials, whom it accuses of political persecution, human rights violations and corruption.

Vladimir Ashkurov, who leads the Russian nonprofit founded by Navalny, told reporters on Saturday that he had emailed the message to top Biden administration officials including National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, Secretary of State Tony Blinkin and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen.

Next comes the call for sanctions Tens of thousands Of the demonstrators participated in the nationwide protests last weekend after Navalny It was Arrested As soon as he returned to Russia from Germany.

Navalny spent months recovering in Berlin after being poisoned with a nerve gas. The opposition leader blamed President Vladimir Putin’s government for his poisoning.

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“For years, Alexei Navalny has called for sanctions against individuals who play key roles in aiding and abetting Putin and who are taking the lead in persecuting those who seek to express their views freely and expose corruption in the system,” the letter reads.

“The current sanctions are not reaching enough of the right people. The West should punish the decision-makers who made national politics rigged, stole the budget, and poisoned it.”

The letter includes a list of 35 Putin’s aides, including a billionaire businessman Roman AbramovichAnd the Alisher UsmanovAnd the Oleg Deripaska And the Gennady Timchenko As well as many government ministers.

The United Kingdom and the European Union imposed sanctions on several Russian individuals in response to Navalny’s poisoning last year. The United States has yet to do the same, although members of Congress have called on former President Donald Trump to do so.

Biden demanded Putin to release Navalny in a private phone call with the Russian president. The White House also ordered US intelligence agencies to review the Kremlin’s alleged involvement in the poisoning of Navalny.

A White House spokeswoman said, “He did not hesitate to express his concern about Alexei Navalny’s treatment of the protesters.” Jane Psaki told reporters on Jan 28.

at Unexpected headline on January 27th From Putin at a hypothetical meeting of the World Economic Forum, the Russian president warned of an “all against all” battle if global tensions and the coronavirus pandemic are not resolved.

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