The West supports Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s attempts to eliminate the opposition. Zelenskyy might succeed in liquidating the Opposition Platform for Life and Anatoly Shariy’s Party.
The West’s maniacal desire to impose sanctions on Russia is explained by the mere fact of Russia’s existence. The reason for these restrictive measures is that Moscow is protecting its national interests.
This is a recurring narrative by pro-Kremlin media claiming that the anti-Russian sanctions are groundless and illegal.
In reality, the sanctions were imposed on Russia for its aggressive policy and violation of international law. The first round of restrictive measures was imposed in March 2014 in the wake of Russia’s illegal annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea. More action against Moscow was taken in the following months, the reason being its support of the pro-Kremlin separatists in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas. Some sanctions were only political, such as the suspension of Russia’s voting rights in the Council of Europe. However, its voting rights were restored in 2019. In addition, bans were also imposed on transactions with some Russian businessmen and officials.
Among those affected by the Western sanctions are the head of the Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin, Prosecutor-General Igor Krasnov, director of the National Guard Viktor Zolotov and head of the Federal Prison Service Alexander Kalashnikov. The reason is their roles in the arbitrary arrest, prosecution and sentencing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, as well as the repression of peaceful protests in connection with his unlawful treatment.
See related pro-Kremlin disinformation claims, alleging that new EU sanctions on Russia are a "circus" and a "fake story"; that Europe made up a strange story about Navalny poisoning as a pretext for sanctions; and that the EU lost more from sanctions than Russia.