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Canada sanctions six Russians over death of Putin critic Alexei Navalny

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Canada sanctions six Russians over death of Putin critic Alexei Navalny

Alexeï Navalny died on February 16 in unclear circumstances.

Ottawa:

Canada announced new sanctions on Sunday against six Russian officials following the death of opposition leader Alexei Navalny last month in an Arctic penal colony.

The sanctions target “senior officials and high-ranking employees of the Russian prosecutorial, judicial and penitentiary services,” indicates a press release from the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The six people “were involved in the violation of Mr. Navalny’s human rights, in his cruel punishment and ultimately in his death,” the statement said.

“Alongside our partners, Canada will maintain pressure on the Russian government to conduct a full and transparent investigation into the death of Mr. Navalny,” Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly said in a statement.

“This increased pressure on the Russian government sends a clear signal that human rights must be unequivocally respected.”

Following the death of Alexei Navalny, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most vocal critic, the Canadian government summoned the Russian ambassador to “demand a full and transparent investigation” into his death.

Navalny died on February 16 under unclear circumstances in an Arctic penal colony, where he was serving a 19-year prison sentence for “extremism”. He was 47 years old.

His family and allies accused the Kremlin of ordering his killing and Western leaders said Putin was “responsible” for his death.

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