EU sanctions in response to Navalny's arrest come into force

Oppositionist Alexei Navalny in court, February 2, 2021

The European Union imposed sanctions in response to the arrest in Russia of opposition politician Alexei Navalny. The penalty measures took effect immediately after publication in the Official Journal of the EU on Tuesday 2 March,- DW reports.

Under the sanctions were the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation Igor Krasnov, the head of the Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin, the head of the Federal Penitentiary Service Alexander Kalashnikov and the head of the National Guard Viktor Zolotov.

For the introduction of penalties, a new sanctions mechanism, adopted at the end of last year, was used for the first time, allowing the EU to impose visa bans and freeze the property of individuals guilty of gross violations of human rights or who benefit from it.