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Canada Sanctions 6 Russians Over Putin Critic Alexei Navalny’s Death

Alexei Navalny died on February 16 under unknown circumstances.

Ottawa:

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

A statement from Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs said the sanctions target “senior officials and senior officials of Russia’s prosecutorial, judicial and correctional services.”

The newspaper said the six were “involved in Mr. Navalny’s human rights violations, cruel punishment and ultimately his death.”

“Canada, together with our partners, will continue to press the Russian government to conduct a full and transparent investigation into Mr. Navalny’s death,” 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 clearly respected.”

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

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

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

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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