Navalny calls for systematic sanctions against Russian oligarchs
Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on Tuesday called for systematic punitive measures against Russian oligarchs supporting Russian President Vladimir Putin and his military operation in Ukraine.
In a lengthy social media post, he said Western sanctions – by the US, EU or UK – had only targeted 46 people on Forbes’ list of the 200 richest people. from Russia.
“To me, it doesn’t really look like all-out war against Putin’s oligarchs,” Navalny said.
According to him, the boss of the Russian gas giant Gazprom, Alexei Miller, was still not on the EU sanctions list.
Navalny said notorious Russian oligarch – and former Chelsea football club owner – Roman Abramovich had so far escaped US sanctions, despite his companies “supplying metal to the Russian Ministry of Defence”.
“You can’t expect a split among Putin’s elite on the issue of war if, despite much chatter, you still don’t use the stick against them, while allowing them to keep all their carrots “, did he declare.
“I call on all voters and lawmakers in the EU, UK, US and Canada to put pressure on the executive and force it to stop indulging in grandstanding and adopt urgency of massive personal sanctions against Putin’s thieves.”
He also suggested that the European Union, the United States and the United Kingdom ban from their soil anyone supporting the Russian military offensive in Ukraine “for 20 years”.
Navalny is serving a nine-year prison sentence in a penal colony near the Russian city of Vladimir on embezzlement charges that he and his allies say are politically motivated.
But he continued to send messages to his lawyers.
Navalny, 46, rose to prominence as an anti-corruption blogger and, before his imprisonment, mobilized anti-government protests across Russia.
In 2020, he narrowly survived a poisoning attack he blamed on Russian authorities, but in which the Kremlin denied involvement.
He was arrested last year on his return from treatment in Germany, prompting widespread condemnation abroad.
Its anti-corruption organization has drawn up a list of more than 6,000 officials whom it accuses of supporting the Russian operation in neighboring Ukraine.