EU sanctions top Russian oligarchs – POLITICO

The European Union today added 26 more people to its sanctions list imposed following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, including some of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s closest confidants and several of the country’s most prominent oligarchs. country.

Among those sanctioned are Igor Sechin, CEO of state oil company Rosneft and a former deputy chief of Putin’s administration who has worked with the Russian leader since the 1990s.

The sanctions list now also includes Nikolay Tokarev, CEO of Transneft, a state-controlled pipeline transport company, and Gennady Timchenko, the founder and main shareholder of the Volga Group, which specializes in investments in energy, transport assets. and infrastructure.

Also on the list are billionaire Alisher Usmanov as well as Mikhail Fridman and Petr Aven, shareholders of Alfa Group, one of Russia’s largest private investment groups.

At the same time, the EU is targeting a number of government ministers, including Transport Minister Vitaly Savelyev.

Putin’s own press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, is on the list, along with a number of journalists whom the EU has accused of spreading anti-Ukrainian propaganda.

The press secretary “has actively supported actions or policies that undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, as well as stability and security in Ukraine,” the statement said. EU.

The latest set of sanctions also targets the insurance company SOGAZ, which “insured the construction of the railway infrastructure connecting the bridge over the Kerch Strait and the port of Taman and reinsured the construction of the bridge over the Kerch Strait “, reads the statement of the EU.


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