The restrictions were imposed in accordance with the recently enacted mechanism – the European counterpart of the “Magnitsky Act
The European Union has approved sanctions for human rights violations against 11 people and four companies, including those from Russia, China, and North Korea. The names will be published in the EU’s official magazine on Monday, March 22. This is reported by a Radio Liberty correspondent.
The restrictions were imposed under the recently enacted mechanism – the European equivalent of the “Magnitsky Act. The sanctions list includes citizens of Russia, as well as China, North Korea, Eritrea, South Sudan, and Libya.
Previously, four Russian citizens have sanctioned: the Prosecutor General of Russia Igor Krasnov, the head of the Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin, the head of the FSIN Alexander Kalashnikov, and the head of the Rosgvardia Viktor Zolotov. They were the first to be sanctioned by Brussels for human rights violations for their alleged involvement in the prosecution and conviction of opposition activist Alexei Navalny.
The sanctions include an EU travel ban and an assets freeze. Moscow criticized Brussels’ decision to impose sanctions on officials.