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Sacked Russian F1 driver Mazepin and his oligarch father added to EU blacklist


Racing driver Nikita Mazepin, sacked by the Haas Formula One team after Russia invaded Ukraine, was added to the list of Russians sanctioned by the European Union on Wednesday.

His father, the oligarch Dmitry Mazepin, owner and general manager of chemical giant Uralchem, was also sanctioned.

Dmitry Mazepin “carries out activities in economic sectors that constitute a substantial source of income for the government of the Russian Federation,” the EU said in a statement.

His son, whose seat at Haas was taken by ex-driver Kevin Magnussen on Wednesday, was also blacklisted by the EU because he was considered “a natural person linked to an influential businessman”. . [his father] with activity in economic sectors that constitute a substantial source of income for Russia.”

The EU list, compiled since Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, now includes 862 people and 53 entities in total.

They are banned from entering the EU and their assets in Europe have been frozen.

“On February 24, 2022, after the early stages of Russian aggression,” Dmitry Mazepin and 36 other businessmen “met with President Vladimir Putin and other members of the Russian government to discuss the impact of the line of conduct as a result of Western sanctions,” the statement added.

This showed “that he belongs to the closest circle of Vladimir Putin”.

Earlier on Wednesday, Nikita Mazepin said he was setting up a foundation to help athletes who have found themselves banned from competition for “political reasons beyond their control”.

Mazepin and Haas’ Russian title sponsor Uralkali had its contracts terminated last Saturday following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Mazepin, 23, said the funds for the “We competition as one” foundation would come from the money Uralkali allegedly donated to Haas.

He said their treatment by the American Haas team was not “fair” and that he had been willing to abide by the decision of motorsport’s governing body, the FIA, to compete as a neutral athlete.

“Today I am announcing the establishment of a foundation that will be dedicated to helping athletes who, for political reasons beyond their control, lose their ability to compete at the highest level,” he said.

Foundation

“It will be funded by Uralkali, using the money that had been earmarked for Formula 1 sponsorship this season.”

Mazepin – who failed to score a point in his debut season in Formula 1 last year – said it would not just be reserved for athletes from Russia and Belarus.

Kremlin ally Belarus has been used as a key launching pad for Moscow’s offensive and sports federations have also stepped up measures against the country.

“The foundation will allocate both financial and non-financial resources to athletes who have spent their lives preparing for the Olympic or Paralympic Games, or other major events, only to find they have been banned from competition and collectively punished. just because of the passport they had,” Mazepin said.

“This will include athletes from all conflict zones and our door is open to everyone. We will start with the Russian Paralympic team, which has been banned from the Beijing Games.”

Mazepin’s sacking and Uralkali’s breach of contract followed closely behind Formula 1 declaring that the Russian Grand Prix had been permanently removed from the calendar.

The Black Sea resort of Sochi, which hosted the inaugural race in 2014, was due to stage the Grand Prix for the last time this year before moving to St Petersburg in 2023.


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