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 EU Adds Putin's Cronies and Oligarchs Rotenberg, Kovalchuk, Shamalov and Others to Sanctions Blacklist

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Expanded list of those subject to EU asset freezes and travel bans is unprecedented in its reach into president's inner circle.

Censor.NET reports about it, citing the Guardian and Reuters.

The EU has added three longstanding cronies of Vladimir Putin, an important presidential aide and a Russian bank to its sanctions blacklist in the latest punitive measure aimed at Moscow for its involvement in fuelling the conflict in Ukraine.

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The people on the list include Arkady Rotenberg who is Putin's long-time judo partner, and already on a U.S. sanctions list since March.

Yury Kovalchuk and Nikolai Shamalov - the two largest shareholders in Bank Rossiya, a St. Petersburg company that expanded rapidly after Putin moved to Moscow and became president in 2000 - were also blacklisted.

The companies named include Russian National Commercial Bank, which was the first Russian bank into Crimea after the region's annexation by Russia earlier this year.

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The other two firms are anti-aircraft weapons maker Almaz-Antey and Dobrolyot airline, which operates flights between Moscow and Simferopol in the Crimea.
Wednesday's list of names brings the number of people and entities subject to travel bans and asset freezes to 95 people and 23 organizations.


 
 
 
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