WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) today released the following statement after the Biden administration announced sanctions on seven Russian officials in response to the poisoning and imprisonment of opposition leader and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny. Romney and several of his colleagues recently introduced the Holding Russia Accountable for Malign Activities Act of 2020, a targeted bill which would impose sanctions on Russian officials complicit in violations of international law including the poisoning of Navalny.
“New sanctions against those accountable for the horrific poisoning and unjust detention of Alexei Navalny send a strong message that the United States will not tolerate the Putin regime’s corruption and lawlessness. I applaud the administration for its actions today to hold bad actors in Russia responsible for their malign efforts to crush dissent.”