Navalny, who is recovering in Germany after being poisoned in August, told Bild that sanctions against the entire country did not work.

“The most important thing is to impose entry bans on those who benefit from the regime and to block their accounts,” said Navalny, who said he was referring to “oligarchs and high-ranking officials” in the immediate circle. of President Vladimir Putin.

“They launder money, steal billions, and on weekends they fly to Berlin or London, buy expensive apartments and stay in cafes,” says the Russian opponent.

He said sanctions should be extended to Russian officials such as Valeri Gherghiev, the principal conductor of the Munich Philharmonic, who backed Vladimir Putin in the last election.

“If he loves the regime so much and wants Russia not to go the European way, then you have to tell him: you are a very talented musician, but we no longer allow you to join the European Union. You can enjoy the Putin regime in Russia, “Aleksei Navalny said in an interview with Bild.

Navalny accuses former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder of protecting criminals and taking money from Putin

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has accused former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder of protecting criminals and taking money from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Gerhard Schroeder is being paid by Putin,” Navalny said in an interview with the German daily Bild on Wednesday.

“And if he is now also trying to deny this poison attack, then it is extremely disappointing,” he added.

Navalny is recovering in Germany after being poisoned with the neurotoxic agent Noviciok in Siberia in August and accusing Putin of ordering the attack on him. The Russian government denies any involvement.

In a podcast last week, Schroeder, who has many ties to Russia, said there was no clear evidence that it was an attack, despite German experts finding that Navalny had been poisoned by the neurotoxic agent, developed in the Soviet period.

“He is still the former chancellor of the most powerful country in Europe. He is now Putin’s courier, protecting the criminals,” Navalny said.

He added that there was no doubt that Schroeder had received secret payments from Putin.

During his tenure (1998-2005), Schroeder, a Social Democrat, worked closely with and is still friends with Putin. After leaving politics, he held management positions in Russian energy companies.

He is currently chairman of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, where the sole shareholder is Russia’s Gazprom, and also leads the board of Russia’s state-owned energy company Rosneft.

Schroeder is also chairman of the board of the Nord Stream pipeline, which has already been completed.

Navalny’s statements come as Germany discusses with partners what actions to implement to poison the Russian opponent.

Options include travel restrictions and a freeze on the accounts of Russians involved in the poisoning, economic sanctions, a halt to construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which is nearing completion and will bring Russian gas from Russia to Germany via the Baltic Sea.

The interview with Navalny was published a day after the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirmed the presence of a novice chemical agent in the samples taken from Navalny.

This confirms the conclusions reached by both Germany and two independent laboratories in France and Sweden.

Russia has always denied any involvement and has resisted international pressure to open a criminal investigation.