The American newspaper The New York Times named the names from the agreed sanctions list of the European Union in the case of Alexei Navalny. Officially, the persons involved in this list have not yet been disclosed.
According to the newspaper, the sanctions may affect the first deputy head of the Kremlin administration Sergei Kiriyenko, FSB director Alexander Bortnikov, presidential envoy to the Siberian district Sergei Menyailo, head of the Kremlin's internal policy department Andrei Yarin and two deputy defense ministers.
Earlier, the German agency dpa reported that restrictions would be imposed against the Russian Research Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology (FSUE GosNIIOKhT), and individual sanctions would apply to employees of law enforcement agencies.
The Russian opposition leader lost consciousness on board the Tomsk-Moscow plane on August 20. Two days later, Navalny was transferred to Berlin for treatment. Bundeswehr toxicologists have revealed that he was poisoned with a substance from the Novichok group. Their conclusions were confirmed by laboratories in France and Sweden, and later in the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
The international community demanded that Russia investigate the incident. Moscow, in turn, demands to provide relevant evidence, since while the oppositionist was on the territory of the Russian Federation, no toxic substances were found in his body.
On October 7, Berlin said that since Russia does not provide any clarification on the case of Navalny's poisoning, targeted sanctions against those responsible for this in the Russian Federation will be inevitable.
Germany and France came up with proposals on the "black list". Initially, it was planned to subject nine Russians to restrictions. The sanctions list was agreed on October 14 by the committee of permanent representatives of the European Union. However, the number of persons on the list has decreased "to about five people." The EU promises to announce their names later, chernayakobra.ru wrote.