UK sanctions 370 more individuals over Russian invasion of Ukraine
LONDON — The U.K. has sanctioned a further 370 Russians over the war in Ukraine.
The list includes 51 oligarchs and their family members, as well as those in government.
The majority of the sanctions announced today were possible thanks to new legislation against economic crime passed by the U.K. parliament Monday evening. This allowed ministers to speed up the process of designating individuals and entities for sanctions.
Those added to the list include Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Dmitry Peskov, press secretary for Vladimir Putin, and Russian Foreign Affairs Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.
Mickhail Fridman, German Khan and Petr Aven, all three associated with Alfa Bank, Russia’s largest private bank, are among the oligarchs sanctioned, together with Andrey Melnichenko, founder of EuroChem Group; Viktor Vekselberg, owner of the Renova Group; and Alexey Mordaschov, a majority shareholder in steel company Severstal.
They have all been hit by a freeze of all their assets in the U.K. and a ban on entering Britain.
The U.K. has also sanctioned eight entities, including the Internet Research Agency, which the West accuses of pumping out conspiracy theories.
“We are going further and faster than ever in hitting those closest to Putin — from major oligarchs, to his Prime Minister, and the propagandists who peddle his lies and disinformation. We are holding them to account for their complicity in Russia’s crimes in Ukraine,” British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said.