After the oligarchs Russiansclose family. The Europeans sanctioned this Friday the two girls of Vladimir Putinnow blacklisted in the EU, along with more than 200 others, including several oligarchs close to the Russian president and pro-Kremlin press bosses.
Already targeted by Washington and London, Maria Vorontsova and Katerina Tikhonova, born in 1985 and 1986 respectively, are the daughters of Vladimir Putin and Lyudmila Putina, whom the Russian president announced divorced in 2013.
As the 217 individuals and 18 entities added to this list published in the Official Journal of the EU, they are banned from entering the EU and their assets are frozen.
Fifth volley of sanctions
The eldest, Maria Vorontsova, is being targeted for her role in Nomenko, a major health care investment company that provides “substantial sources of income” for the Russian government, according to the Official Journal. Her sister, Katerina Tikhonova, runs a fund to support young scientists set up by companies whose leaders are “members of the Russian president’s close circle of oligarchs,” according to the same source.
This fifth barrage of sanctions also imposes economic measures, including an embargo on Russian coal from August and the closure of European ports to Russian-flagged vessels. EU coal purchases account for eight billion euros a year, much less than gas and oil purchases.
It was decided after the discovery of dozens of civilian bodies last weekend in Boutcha, near Kiev, after the withdrawal of Russian forces. The images sparked a global shockwave and accusations of “war crimes” against Moscow.
Pro-Russian media also sanctioned
Businessmen close to Putin, such as Oleg Deripaska, Boris and Igor Rotenberg, brother and son of billionaire Arkadi Rotenberg, German Gref, the boss of Russia’s first Sberbank, have been added to the European list because of their support. to actions “that threaten the territorial integrity” of Ukraine, the EU points out.
The Twenty-Seven also sanctioned several pro-Kremlin media officials, such as TASS Director Sergei Mikhailov and Komsomolskaya Pravda Vladimir Sungorkin, described by Vladimir Putin as “his favorite newspaper,” according to the list. .
All members of the governments and assemblies (179) of the pro-Russian separatist republics of Lugansk and Donetsk were also added. Four banks – VTB, Russia’s second bank, Bank Otkritie, Novikombank (a subsidiary of Rostec), Sovcombank – representing 23% of the Russian banking market, also see their assets frozen. They have already been excluded from the Swift International Financial System.
Among the entities targeted, the EU has also listed a company of Oleg Deripaska that produces amphibious vehicles for the military. This list, created in 2014 after the annexation of Crimea, now contains the names of 1,091 people and 80 entities.