Member states agree to impose measures under so-called Magnitsky act over arrest of opposition leader

Russians responsible for the “arrest, sentencing and persecution” of the opposition leader Alexei Navalny will be hit by EU sanctions in the first use of the so-called European Magnitsky act.

Josep Borrell, the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs, said the 27 member states had agreed to impose “restrictive measures” under powers adopted by the bloc earlier to target people behind human rights abuses.

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