Targeted sanctions in response to Alexei Navalny's mistreatment in prison

  • Media release

Media release has been issued by:

  • The Hon Richard Marles MP, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Defence, Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • The Hon Tim Watts MP, Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs

The Australian Government has imposed Magnitsky-style targeted financial sanctions and travel bans on seven prison officials involved in the mistreatment of Alexei Navalny.

Mr Navalny was detained at the IK-6 penal colony, a maximum-security jail known for its systematic abuse of prisoners. He was regularly mistreated, denied healthcare and placed in prolonged periods of solitary confinement. He died in custody on 16 February 2024.

The Australian Government is deeply shocked and saddened by the death of Mr Navalny. These sanctions are the next step in Australia's efforts to hold to account those responsible for grave breaches of Mr Navalny's human rights. We will continue to work closely with our partners to hold the Russian Government and all involved in Mr Navalny's death accountable.

The Government's first tranche of Magnitsky-style human rights sanctions, announced on 10 December 2022, included individuals involved in the 2020 poisoning of Mr Navalny.

Australia holds President Putin and the Russian Government responsible for Mr Navalny's treatment and death in custody. As Australia has made clear to Russia, we join calls for an independent and transparent investigation into Mr Navalny's death.

We acknowledge Mr Navalny's heroic contribution to promoting democracy in Russia and his tireless opposition to President Vladimir Putin's regime – work for which he has paid the ultimate price.

This announcement builds on our recent actions in response to human rights abuses in Russia. This includes sanctions in response to the poisoning, arrest, trial and sentencing of Russian opposition figure Vladimir Kara-Murza, and Australia's statements in key multilateral forums.

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