The European Union has blacklisted 26 Russian nationals including Russia’s presidential Press secretary Dmitry Peskove and one legal entity, this is according to a publication by the EU official journal on Monday.
“In view of the gravity of the situation, the Council considers that 26 persons and one entity should be added to the list of persons, entities and bodies subject to restrictive measures set out in the Annex to Decision 2014/145/CFSP,” Reads the journal.
Along with Peskov, the blacklist includes Igor Sechin, executive director of Rosneft; Nikolay Tokarev, Transnet CEO; Alisher Usmanov, founder and major shareholder of USM holding co; Pyotr Aven, chairman, board of directors, Afta Bank; Mikhail Fridman, co-owner.
Also, Alfa Group; Sergey Roldugin, cellist and businessman; Dmitry Chernyshenko, Deputy Prime Minister; Irek Faizullin, Minister of Construction and Housing; Vitaly Savelyev, Minister of Transport; Andrey Turchak, first deputy speaker of the Federation Council (upper parliament house); Tigran Keosayan, film director; Olga Skabeyev.
Others include journalist; Alexander Ponomarenko, chairman, board of directors, Sheremetyevo airport; Modest Kolerov, editor-in-chief, Regnum news agency; Roman Babayan, editor-in-chief, Govorit Moskva radio station; Zakhar Prilepin.
Writer and co-leader of Just Russia – For Truth party; Anton Krasovsky, journalists and RT host; Arkady Mamontov, journalist and host on Rossiya-1 television channel; Sergey Punchuk, first deputy commander of the Black Sea Fleet; Alexey Avdeyev, deputy commander, Southern Military District; Rustam Muradov are also in the list.
Whereas deputy commander, Southern Military District; Andrey Sychevoy, commander, 8th army of the Southern Military District; Gennady Timchenko, majority shareholder, Volga Group investment company and holder of share in Rossiya bank; Alexey Mordashev, chairman, board of directors, Severstal; and Pyotr Fradkov, Promsvyazbank chairman close the list.
The sanctions have also been imposed on the Gas industry Insurance company SOGAZ with Russian President Vladimir Putin Saying that he made a decision on behalf of the Donbas Republic to carry out a special military operation in a bid to protect his people who have been suffering from abuse and genocide by Kyiv regime for eight years.
According to the Russian defense ministry, they are not targeting the civilian population nor Ukrainian cities but are limited to surgically striking and incarcerating the Ukrainian military infrastructure.