UK sanctions six individuals in charge of Arctic penal colony where Navalny died

A woman touches a photo of Alexei Navalny after laying flowers paying the last respect to him at the Memorial to Victims of Political Repression in St. Petersburg, Russia on Feb. 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
A woman touches a photo of Alexei Navalny after laying flowers paying the last respect to him at the Memorial to Victims of Political Repression in St. Petersburg, Russia on Feb. 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Britain imposes sanctions on six individuals in charge of the Arctic penal colony where Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny died last week.

Those sanctioned, including the head and five deputy heads of the penal colony, will be banned from the UK and have their assets frozen, British Foreign Secretary David Cameron says.

“It’s clear that the Russian authorities saw Navalny as a threat and they tried repeatedly to silence him,” Cameron says in a statement.

“Those responsible for Navalny’s brutal treatment should be under no illusion – we will hold them accountable.”

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