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US to sanction 7 senior Russian officials over Navalny poisoning

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The Biden administration on Tuesday announced sanctions on several Russian officials and businesses in response to the poisoning and imprisonment of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

“We’re exercising our authorities to send a clear signal that Russia’s use of chemical weapons and violation of its international human rights commitments have severe consequences,” a senior administration official said.

Officials did not immediately identify the seven senior members of the Russian government named in the sanctions.

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The Biden administration also announced sanctions for 14 businesses and another enterprise, most of which it said were involved in the production of biological and chemical agents.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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