Two daughters of Vladimir Putin sanctioned by the EU

After the oligarchs Russianimmediate family. Europeans empowered this Friday the two daughters of Vladimir Poutinewho is now blacklisted by the EU along with more than 200 other people, including several oligarchs close to the Russian president and pro-Kremlin media bosses.

Maria Vorontsova and Katerina Tikhonova, born in 1985 and 1986 respectively, targeted by Washington and London, are the daughters of Vladimir Putin and Lioudmila Putina, whom the Russian president announced he had divorced in 2013.

Like the 217 individuals and 18 entities added to this list published in the Official Journal of the EU, they will be banned from entering the EU and their assets will be frozen.

Fifth round of sanctions

The eldest, Maria Vorontsova, has been targeted for her role in Nomenko, a major investment project company in the health sector that provides “significant sources of revenue” to the Russian government, the Official Journal reports. His sister, Katerina Tikhonova, runs a support fund for young scientists created by companies whose leaders are “members of the Russian president’s inner circle of oligarchs,” according to the same source.

This fifth salvo of sanctions also imposes economic measures, notably an embargo on Russian coal from August and the closure of European ports to ships flying the Russian flag. The EU’s coal purchases amount to eight billion euros a year, which is much lower than the purchases of gas and oil.

This was decided after the discovery of dozens of civilian bodies last weekend in Boutcha, near Kiev, after the withdrawal of Russian troops. The images sparked global shock and accusations of “war crimes” against Moscow.

Pro-Russian media also sanctioned

Businessmen close to Putin, such as Oleg Deripaska, Boris and Igor Rotenberg, brother and son of billionaire Arkadi Rotenberg, German Gref, the boss of the first Russian bank Sberbank, have been added to the European list for their support of actions “that the threaten Ukraine’s territorial integrity”, emphasizes the EU.

The Twenty-seven have also sanctioned several pro-Kremlin media officials, such as the directors of the TASS agency, Sergei Mikhailov, or of Komsomolskaya Pravda, Vladimir Sungorkin, described by Vladimir Putin as “his favorite newspaper,” according to this list. . †

All members of the governments and assemblies (179) of the pro-Russian breakaway republics of Luhansk and Donetsk have also been added. Four banks – VTB, the second Russian institution, Bank Otkritie, Novikombank (a subsidiary of Rostec), Sovcombank – representing 23% of the Russian banking market are also seeing their assets frozen. They have already been banned from the international financial system Swift.

Among the targets, the EU also has a company on the list of Oleg Deripaska that produces amphibious vehicles for the army. This list, created in 2014 after the annexation of Crimea, now contains the names of 1091 people and 80 entities.