Eight EU countries have called for sanctions against the Russian justice system over Navalny's death

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Eight EU countries have called for sanctions against prosecutors, courts and prison officials in Russia over the death of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny earlier this month.

The letter sent to the EU's foreign policy and security chief, Josep Borrell, was signed by the foreign ministers of the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Sweden and Romania. However, officials said the letter was also supported by the Netherlands, France, Ireland and Denmark.

"Mr. Navalny's death is another signal of the accelerated and systematic repressions in Russia." This requires collective action. We believe that there are serious grounds for a special regime of sanctions, specific to Russia and adapted to the situation in the country," the foreign ministers wrote.

"The new regime will provide a solid legal basis for listing individuals from Russia's repressive state apparatus, including those who participate in politically motivated trials against members of civil society and the democratic opposition and their subsequent detention, as those responsible in the chain of justice ( prosecutors, courts, prison officials)," the letter added.

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