Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is urging the European Union to impose economic sanctions against wealthy businessmen from the circles around Russian President Vladimir Putin.
According to the Russian, those oligarchs are a more sensible target for punitive measures such as freezing their bank accounts and an entry ban than colonels, generals or other less affluent officials who also do not travel to the EU.
Navalny said during a video conference with members of the European Parliament’s foreign affairs committee and representatives of the Russian opposition.
He is recovering from a nerve gas attack in Germany, according to him by the Russian secret service on the orders of Putin.
According to Navalny, the EU should embrace the Russian people warmly but treat the state like “a gang of criminals”.
He gave two examples of people investing in the EU against whom economic sanctions should be targeted: oil billionaire Roman Abramovich and businessman Alisher Usmanov. This will really hit Putin’s allies, argued the opposition leader.