Russia hits back: Furious Putin threatens UK with RETALIATION after sanctions

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Before Brexit, the UK issued sanctions against Russia as part of the EU. Vladimir Putin has singled out Britain now that it is operating as a single state. Brexit Britain has imposed sanctions not just against Russians but also against individuals from Saudi Arabia and North Korea. All the sanctions are aimed at those who have been involved in human rights abuses.

Now, 25 Russian individuals have had their UK assets frozen and are banned from entering Britain under the new Magnitsky Act.

One of those on the sanction list is Alexander Bastrykin, the head of the powerful Investigative Committee, which reports directly to President Vladimir Putin.

Many of these individuals were implicated in the death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in 2009.

Many Russian oligarchs have laundered vast fortunes overseas, particularly in London’s property market.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the measures were aimed at stopping the laundering of what he deemed “blood money”.

Mr Raab said the new law will be focused on people responsible for the “very worst human rights abuses”.

The Foreign Secretary said the new sanctions law will mean the end of human rights violators being able to “waltz into this country to buy up property on the King’s Road, or do their Christmas shopping in Knightsbridge”.

The new Magnitsky Act will also take aim at Saudi individuals implicated in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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The genocidal conditions set up by the Myanmar government that has seen the decimation of the Rohingya population will also be a focus.

Individuals involved in facilitating North Korean gulags could be targeted by the sanctions.

Now Moscow has announced they will respond against the UK with reciprocal measures.

Russia has declared it will sanction British individuals who have assets within the Russian Federation.

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