The US Department of Commerce has imposed additional sanctions on Russian companies and officials in connection with the Alexei Navalny case.
“We are adding 14 parties to our list of organizations,” a senior White House official said on Tuesday, March 2. He also clarified that 13 legal entities are commercial companies that were allegedly “involved in various aspects of the production of elements of biological weapons and chemical weapons.”
Among the firms blacklisted by the Ministry of Industry and Trade were nine Russian, three German, and one Swiss. Now any export and re-export of the products of these companies will fall under the licensing regime, “with the presumption of refusal” to grant a license.
Also, restrictions were imposed on seven Russian civil servants. All property and assets of these persons, which can be found in the jurisdiction of the United States, will be blocked.
“In addition, any foreigner who significantly aids transactions with these individuals also risks sanctions,” added a presidential administration official.
He also clarified that these sanctions are being adopted in addition to those imposed by the US State Department.
Earlier on Tuesday, March 2, the EU leadership announced that it was imposing personal sanctions against several Russian citizens due to the situation around opposition leader Alexei Navalny. “High-ranking officials” were affected by the restrictive measures. Among them, in particular, were the director of the Russian Guard Viktor Zolotov, the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation Igor Krasnov, the chairman of the Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin, and the head of the Federal Penitentiary Service Alexander Kalashnikov.