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Canada imposes sanctions on senior Russian officials

 Trenton;Canada slapped new sanctions on nine senior Russian officials on Wednesday to protest “gross and systematic” human rights violations.


The action was spurred by an assassination attempt on Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his subsequent imprisonment for more than two years on what critics said are trumped-up charges triggered by political differences.


“The Russian government has repeatedly shown its unwillingness to respect the basic rights of its own people and address concerns raised on multiple occasions by the international community,” Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau said in a statement.


The Russian sanctions are a result of Navalny who was poisoned last August and recovered in Germany. The finger of blame pointed straight toward his fierce vocal opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Navalny returned to Russia in January and was subsequently arrested, tried by a court and given the two-year sentence.


The US imposed sanctions on seven senior Russian officials earlier this month, joining the EU and UK who took the action earlier. Canada has now followed suit.


“The sanctions are part of a concerted diplomatic effort to bring pressure on senior figures in Russia’s administration involved in the attempted murder of Alexei Navalny, his subsequent prosecution and the silencing of Russian citizens who protested his treatment with heavy-handed and often violent methods,” the Canadian statement read.


As officials criticize Russia, Canada has come under criticism for not doing enough to free women who were captured by the Daesh/ISIS terror group, turned into sex slaves, had children and now languish in squalid Syrian camps.




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