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Britain sanctions leaders of colony where Navalny died

Britain sanctions leaders of colony where Navalny died Alexei Navalny (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

Britain has imposed sanctions on the directors of the correctional colony where Alexei Navalny recently died, according to a statement from the British Foreign Ministry.

The sanctions target six individuals who headed the colony. Their assets will be frozen, and they will be banned from entering the UK.

At the same time, Britain is urging the immediate transfer of Alexei Navalny's body to his family and calling for a thorough and transparent investigation.

"It’s clear that the Russian authorities saw Navalny as a threat and they tried repeatedly to silence him. FSB operatives poisoned him with Novichok in 2020, they imprisoned him for peaceful political activities, and they sent him to an Arctic penal colony. No-one should doubt the oppressive nature of the Russian system," said British Foreign Minister David Cameron.

The sanctioned individuals include:

  • Colonel Vadim Konstantinovich Kalinin: Head of IK-3 Arctic Penal Colony ‘Polar Wolf’
  • Lieutenant Colonel Sergey Nikolaevich Korzhov: Deputy Head
  • Lieutenant Colonel Vasily Alexandrovich Vydrin: Deputy Head
  • Lieutenant Colonel Vladimir Ivanovich Pilipchik: Deputy Head
  • Lieutenant Colonel Aleksandr Vladimirovich Golyakov: Deputy Head
  • Colonel Aleksandr Valerievich Obraztsov: Deputy Head

Navalny's death

On February 16, the Federal Penitentiary Service announced the death of politician Alexei Navalny in colony No. 3 in the village of Kharp, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District.

According to the Federal Penitentiary Service's statement, Navalny felt unwell during a walk. Shortly after, he lost consciousness, and upon the arrival of medical personnel, his death was confirmed.

Russian authorities claim that Navalny died of a detached blood clot. Officially, the cause of his death has not yet been revealed.

For more details on the politician's death, check out RBC-Ukraine's article "'Murder Putin allowed himself to perpetrate': How Navalny's death will impact Russia?"