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EU sanctions target top officials close to Putin - EU diplomat

FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a joint news conference with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (not pictured) following their talks in Moscow, Russia March 5, 2020. Pavel Golovkin/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

BERLIN (Reuters) - Russians facing European Union sanctions over the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny include the head of Russia’s domestic spy agency and the first deputy chief of staff in the presidential administration, an EU diplomat said.

The list also included the head of the presidential administration’s domestic policy directorate, two deputy ministers of defense and President Vladimir Putin’s envoy to the Siberian Federal District, the EU diplomat added.

Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin was also listed under the EU’s libya sanction regime, the diplomat said.

Reporting by Andreas Rinke; Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Thomas Escritt

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