U.S. and EU impose sanctions on Russia over Ukraine invasion and Navalny’s death

The U.S. and EU impose extensive sanctions on Russia in response to its actions in Ukraine and the death of Alexei Navalny, aiming to hold Putin accountable and curb Russian aggression.

The United States has implemented a fresh wave of sanctions against Russia, exceeding 500 in number, in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the recent death of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. These sanctions target various sectors, including Russia’s main card payment system, financial and military institutions, and individuals involved in Navalny’s imprisonment. Additionally, the EU has imposed new sanctions, particularly on access to military technology, further tightening the economic pressure on Russia. These measures come amidst heightened tensions following Navalny’s sudden death in a jail located in the Arctic Circle.

U.S. President Joe Biden, who recently met Navalny’s widow and daughter in San Francisco, has squarely placed blame on Russian President Vladimir Putin for Navalny’s demise. However, the effectiveness of these sanctions in impacting Russia’s economy remains uncertain. The latest U.S. sanctions encompass nearly 100 firms and individuals, subjecting them to export restrictions. Moreover, entities linked to Russia’s war efforts, energy production, and cooperation with Iran face targeted sanctions.


The objective behind these measures, as stated by President Biden, is to ensure that Putin faces severe consequences for his aggressive actions abroad and repressive measures at home. This latest round of sanctions coincides with the second anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Biden emphasized the need to hold Putin accountable for his actions, warning that failure to do so could embolden further aggression.

Meanwhile, the EU has also intensified its sanctions regime, targeting nearly 200 companies and individuals accused of facilitating Russia’s procurement of weapons and involvement in the kidnapping of Ukrainian children. The EU’s actions underscore its commitment to curbing Russia’s war efforts and supporting Ukraine’s legitimate right to self-defence.

In response to these measures, Russia has expanded its own list of banned EU officials and politicians, dismissing the EU’s sanctions as futile attempts to pressure Russia. Despite the escalating sanctions, the conflict between Russia and Ukraine persists, posing ongoing challenges to regional stability and global security. As diplomatic efforts continue to address the crisis, the impact of sanctions on Russia’s behaviour and the resolution of the conflict remains uncertain.