The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on four Russian individuals it accused of being involved in the 2020 poisoning of now jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, APA reports citing Reuters.
The U.S. Treasury Department in a statement said the four hit with sanctions are linked to Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB).
The Treasury said the U.S. State Department will also announce related visa restrictions on Thursday.
Navalny, who in the 2010s brought tens of thousands of people onto the streets, was detained in January 2021 after returning to Moscow from Germany where he had been treated for what Western doctors said was poisoning by a Soviet-era nerve agent.
The Kremlin, which at one point accused him of working with the CIA to undermine Russia, denied any involvement in what happened to him and denies persecuting Navalny.