Putin's Russia threatens 'retaliatory measures' against UK over sanctions

Russia has threatened to retaliate against the UK after Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab unveiled the government's new sanctions regime against the 'very worst human rights abuses', which includes 25 Russian officials.

Raab today warned that despots, dictators and their henchmen will no longer be able to buy property in the UK or 'siphon dirty money through British banks' as he unveiled the Government's new sanctions programme.

He told MPs the UK's first sanctions for human rights abuses will cover those involved in the deaths of the Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky and the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the systemic killings of the Rohingya population in Myanmar and the North Korean gulags.

Britain has identified 49 'notorious' individuals and organisations, 25 of them Russian and 20 Saudis, prompting immediate anger from Moscow.

Rusiia threatened to retaliate after Britain sanctioned officials including Alexander Bastrykin, the head of the powerful Investigative Committee which reports directly to President Vladimir Putin.

The Russian embassy in London said in statement: 'The Russian side reserves the right to take retaliatory measures in connection with Britain's hostile decision.'

The mission said Moscow was particularly outraged by the sanctioning of top directors of Russia's Investigative Committee and General Prosecutor's Office as well as judges.

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The Foreign Secretary said the new sanctions regime will target people responsible for the 'very worst human rights abuses around the world'.

It will enable ministers to impose travel bans and to freeze the assets of both state officials and non-state actors.

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