On 5 June 2023, the EU added nine persons to its list of individuals and entities subject to human rights sanctions. These are persons involved in the detention and politically motivated sentencing of pro-democracy activist Vladimir Kara-Murza. On 20 July 2023, a further 12 individuals and five entities were added to this list for their responsibility in the politically motivated rulings against Vladimir Kara-Murza and Putin critic Alexei Navalny.
Following a weighing of interests on the basis of various foreign policy and legal criteria, the Federal Council has decided not to join the EU in imposing these sanctions.
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