Putin’s daughters face EU sanctions amid Ukraine outrage

JThe European Union is considering sanctioning the daughters of Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to people familiar with the matter, as the continent attempts to respond to the killing of Ukrainian civilians by rolling back Russian soldiers.

The proposed list, which still needs to be approved by European governments and could change before that happens, also includes dozens of other people, including politicians, tycoons and their family members, as well as several propagandists. .

Sanctioning Putin’s daughters, Katerina and Maria, is largely a symbolic move because it’s unclear whether they have significant assets outside of Russia, but it’s designed to get the president’s attention. Her daughters’ lives are shrouded in secrecy, they have different maiden names, and the Kremlin has never confirmed her daughters’ names or released photos of them as adults.

In 2015, Putin revealed some details about his daughters, including that both women graduated from Russian universities and speak multiple languages.

Maria Vorontsova, his eldest daughter, is co-owner of Nomenko, which is involved in Russia’s largely private healthcare investment scheme, according to people familiar with the matter. Katerina Tikhonova heads an artificial intelligence institute at Moscow State University.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said via text message that he was unaware of the proposal and would wait to see what was officially released.

The EU also plans to target more than a dozen defense sector entities and four banks that had been cut off from the SWIFT global payments system but had not yet been fully sanctioned, including VTB Bank PJSC. It also proposes a ban on Russian coal imports.

The sanctions package must be approved by all 27 EU members.

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