After the oligarchs Russianimmediate family. The Europeans sanctioned this Friday the two daughters of Vladimir Putinnow blacklisted by the EU, along with more than 200 others, including several oligarchs close to the Russian president and pro-Kremlin media bosses.
Already in the sights of Washington and London, Maria Vorontsova and Katerina Tikhonova, born in 1985 and 1986 respectively, are the daughters of Vladimir Putin and Lioudmila Putina, whom the Russian president announced that he had divorced in 2013.
Like the 217 natural persons and the 18 entities added to this list published in the Official Journal of the EU, they are prohibited from entering the EU and their assets are frozen there.
Fifth round of sanctions
The eldest, Maria Vorontsova, is in the spotlight for her role in Nomenko, a major investment project company in the health sector that provides “substantial sources of income” to the Russian government, specifies the Official Gazette. Her sister, Katerina Tikhonova, runs a fund to support young scientists created by companies whose leaders “are members of the inner circle of the oligarchs” of the Russian president, according to the same source.
This fifth salvo of sanctions also imposes economic measures, in particular an embargo on Russian coal from August and the closure of European ports to ships flying the Russian flag. Coal purchases by the EU represent an amount of eight billion euros per year, a sum much lower than the purchases of gas and oil.
It was decided after the discovery of dozens of civilian bodies last weekend in Boutcha, near kyiv, after the withdrawal of Russian forces. The images caused worldwide shock 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 head of the first Russian bank Sberbank, have joined the European list for their support for actions “that threaten the integrity territory” of Ukraine, stresses the EU.
The Twenty-seven have also sanctioned several pro-Kremlin media officials, such as the directors of the TASS agency, Sergei Mikhailov, or of the Komsomolskaya Pravda, Vladimir Sungorkin, described by Vladimir Putin as “his favorite newspaper”, according to this list. .
All members of the governments and assemblies (179) of the pro-Russian breakaway republics of Luhansk and Donetsk have also been added. Four banks, VTB, the second Russian institution, Bank Otkritie, Novikombank (a subsidiary of Rostec), Sovcombank, which represent 23% of the Russian banking market, also have their assets frozen. They have already been excluded from the Swift international financial system.
Among the targeted entities, the EU has also included a company owned by Oleg Deripaska that produces amphibious vehicles for the army. This list, created in 2014 after the annexation of Crimea, now contains the names of 1,091 people and 80 entities.