US Sanctions Russian Officials Over Navalny Poisoning, Jailing

Headline Roundup March 2nd, 2021

U.S. officials announced Tuesday that the Treasury, State and Commerce departments would impose sanctions on seven Russian officials over the poisoning and jailing of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The U.S. also sanctioned 14 entities involved in producing biological and chemical agents for Russia. Furthermore, officials said they would impose more sanctions in the coming weeks over other Russian actions. The same day, the European Union announced sanctions against four Russian officials over Navalny’s jailing; the E.U. previously sanctioned six Russian officials and one entity in October 2020 over Navalny’s poisoning.

Coverage followed similar narratives across the spectrum. Coverage in left-rated outlets was slightly more likely to include "Biden administration" in headlines. Some coverage from both sides portrayed the sanctions as relatively lenient and compared them to the Biden administration’s position on Saudi Arabia.

US Sanctions Russian Officials Over Navalny Poisoning, Jailing

From the Left

The Biden administration announced new penalties on Russia on Tuesday in response to the poisoning and jailing of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, in President Joe Biden’s first major step in holding Moscow accountable for human rights abuses.

The U.S. intelligence community has concluded with high confidence that Navalny was poisoned last year with a banned nerve agent called Novichok by the Russian security services, the administration revealed on Tuesday. Navalny received treatment for the poisoning in Germany and was arrested upon his return to Russia in January.

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From the Center

The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions to punish Russia for what it described as Moscow’s attempt to poison opposition leader Alexei Navalny with a nerve agent last year, in President Joe Biden’s most direct challenge yet to the Kremlin.

The announcement of action against seven Russian officials and 14 entities made by senior Biden administration officials marked a sharp departure from former President Donald Trump’s reluctance to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Navalny, 44, fell ill on a flight in Siberia in August and was airlifted to Germany, where...

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From the Right

The Biden administration on Tuesday announced sanctions on several Russian officials and businesses in response to the poisoning and imprisonment of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

"We're exercising our authorities to send a clear signal that Russia's use of chemical weapons and violation of its international human rights commitments have severe consequences," a senior administration official said.

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