March 26, 2024

Council of the EU designates 33 individuals and 2 entities linked to the detention and death of Alexei Navalny

On March 22, 2024, the Council of the EU adopted Council Decision (CFSP) 2024/951 and Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2024/952, designating thirty-three individuals and two entities linked to the death of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny.  The Council designated the IK-6 corrective colony and the IK-3 maximum security corrective colony, where Navalny was held from June 2022 until his death, as well as the head of IK-3 and certain deputy heads of the colony.  Designations were also imposed upon high-ranking officials in Russia’s penitentiary system and  Ministry of Justice who were responsible for implementing Navalny’s prison sentences.  The Council also listed certain members of the Russian judiciary who played a role in Navalny’s detention, including the nineteen-year sentence in a special regime colony that led to his death.

These designations were imposed pursuant to the Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime, which subjects listed persons to assets freezes and travel bans in the European Union, and prohibits EU operators from providing funds or economic resources to listed persons.

Council of the EU Press Release | Council Decision (CFSP) 2024/951 | Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2024/952