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EU sanctions 6 people, 1 entity for Navalny poisonings

Use of chemical weapons in the assassination attempt on Alexei Navalny: EU sanctions six individuals and one entity

The Council today imposed restrictive measures against six individuals and one entity involved in the assassination attempt on Alexei Navalny, who was poisoned with a toxic nerve agent of the “Novichok” group on 20 August 2020 in Russia.

The decision follows the political agreement reached by the Foreign Affairs Council on 12 October 2020.

The adopted restrictive measures consist of a travel ban to the EU and an asset freeze for individuals, and an asset freeze for the entity. In addition, EU persons and entities are forbidden from making funds available to those listed.

The designation of the six persons and one entity linked to the Navalny case took place in the framework of the restrictive measures against the proliferation and use of chemical weapons.

This is the same legal instrument used to sanction those responsible for the possession, transport and use of a toxic nerve agent in the Skripals’ case in Salisbury in March 2018. With the new designations, there are 15 persons and 2 entities listed under the chemical weapons sanctions regime.

The legal acts, including the names of the persons concerned, are available in the EU Official Journal

I was curious about who the entity was, so I delved into the regulation that was passed, It’s the State Scientific Research Institute for Organic Chemisty and Technology. Here’s the listed “grounds for designation”:

The State Scientific Research Institute for Organic Chemistry and Technology (GosNIIOKhT) is a state research institute with the responsibility for the destruction of chemical weapons stocks inherited from the Soviet Union.

The institute in its original role before 1994 was involved in the development and production of chemical weapons including the toxic nerve agent now know as “Novichok”. After 1994, the same facility took part in the government’s programme for the destruction of the stocks of chemical weapons inherited from the Soviet Union.




On 20 August 2020, Alexei Navalny was taken seriously ill and admitted to a hospital in Omsk, Russian Federation. On 22 August 2020, he was transported to a hospital in Berlin, Germany. A specialised laboratory in Germany subsequently found clear evidence, also corroborated by laboratories in France and Sweden, that Alexei Navalny had been poisoned with a toxic nerve agent of the Novichok group. This toxic agent is accessible only to State authorities in the Russian Federation.

The deployment of a toxic nerve agent of the Novichok group would therefore only be possible due to the failure of the Institute to carry out its responsibility to destroy the stockpiles of chemical weapons.


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