New EU Russia human rights sanctions regime

The EU has established a sanctions regime to target those responsible for, or providing financial support for, serious human rights violations, repression of civil society, and undermining democracy and the rule of law in Russia (regulation, decision).

The new regime also introduces export controls on equipment which might be used for internal repression, information security, and the monitoring or interception of telecommunication.

The Federal Penitentiary Service of the Russian Federation and 19 people have been designated under the new regime (regulation) including judges, prosecutors, investigators and members of the judiciary involved in the imprisonment of Alexei Navalny and the sentencing of activist Oleg Orlov and artist Alexandra Skochilenko.

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