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EU imposes sanctions against Peskov, Sechin and Tokarev

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A whole group of major Russian businessmen is included in the “black list” of the European Union, in addition, the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov fell under the sanctions.

Also on the “black list” of 26 Russians were the heads of Rosneft and Transneft Igor Sechin, Nikolai Tokarev, businessman Sergei Roldugin, head of the Ministry of Construction of the Russian Federation Irek Faizullin, Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation Vitaly Savelyev, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Andrey Turchak, and also Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Chernyshenko. The latter was included in the list as a member of the board of directors of Russian Railways.

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Under the sanctions was the chairman of Promsvyazbank PJSC Petr Fradkov.

The freezing of assets and the ban on entry, in particular, concerns Mikhail Fridman (Alfa Group, shares in VEON and X5) and his partner Petr Aven, Alisher Usmanov (Metalloinvest, Megafon), Alexei Mordashov (Severstal) , Lenta, a share in the TUI tour operator), Gennady Timchenko (stakes in NOVATEK and SIBUR), Alexander Ponomarenko (co-owner of Sheremetyevo airport).

The insurer SOGAZ also fell under the sanctions (an indirect stake in VK).

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In addition, restrictive measures were introduced against actor and film director Tigran Keosayan and journalists Olga Skabeeva, Modest Kolerov, Roman Babayan, Yevgeny Prilepin, Anton Krasovsky and Arkady Mamontov.

The sanctions also included First Deputy Commander of the Black Sea Fleet Sergei Pinchuk, Commander of the Southern Military District Aleksey Avdeev, Deputy Commander of the Southern Military District Rustam Muradov and Commander of the 8th Guards Combined Arms Army of the Southern Military District Andrei Sychevoi.

As noted, the sanctions come into force on the day the relevant decision is published in the Official Journal of the EU, that is, on February 28.

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Mordashov was the first to comment on the inclusion in the sanctions list.

“…I want to emphasize that I am far from politics and have been creating economic value for the companies in which I worked in Russia and abroad all my life. I have absolutely nothing to do with the current geopolitical tensions. I don’t understand why sanctions,” the spokesman said. “For a long time, I have been involved in the development of economic, cultural and humanitarian cooperation with European countries. I do not understand how the sanctions against me will contribute to the settlement of the conflict in Ukraine.”

“We must do everything necessary to find a way out of this conflict as soon as possible and stop the bloodshed in order to help the affected people restore normal life,” Mordashov said.

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