Biden gives Putin the Saudi treatment with new sanctions

President Biden is targeting several Russian officials for sanctions as punishment for the poisoning of activist Alexei Navalny, but the blacklist stops short of the oligarchs whom the dissident leader identified as the key power brokers in need of rebuke.

“This set of designations, though, is going to be focused on government officials, although government officials who have close ties to exactly the sorts of oligarchs and industrial tycoons … that Mr. Navalny has referred to,” a senior administration official told reporters.

U.S. intelligence officials have “high confidence” that a Russian security agency known as the FSB used a chemical weapon to poison Navalny, who survived
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