Washington includes 893 Russian officials on its list of travel restrictions
The United States has issued new sanctions against Moscow in response to the war in Ukraine that include more than 30 entities and 13 individuals, including people from the innermost circle of the Kremlin, such as former gymnast Alina Kabaeva, who many point to as a lover of the Russian president. , Vladimir Putin.
"The Treasury Department will use every tool at our disposal to ensure that Russian elites and Kremlin enablers are held accountable for their complicity in a war that has cost countless lives," Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in a statement. a statement.
The new sanctions have been extended to Andrei Guryev, founder and former deputy chairman of PhosAgro, a leading Russian chemical company. The businessman's Cayman Islands-flagged yacht, the "Alfa Nero" -- valued at $120 million -- is on the new list as blocked property. Guryev has already been sanctioned by the UK.
Among other names, there is also Viktor Rashnikov, majority shareholder of one of the world's largest steel producers, MMK, as well as two subsidiaries. This businessman has previously been sanctioned by Australia, Canada, the EU, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
Also, from the elite closest to Putin, there is Alina Kabaeva, Olympic champion in Athens 2004 and the current head of the National Media Group; as well as Natalia Valerievna Popova, first deputy director of the Innopraktika Non-State Development Institute, a technology company based in Russia.
The Biden Administration has specified that the sanctions extend to the financial institution Joint Stock Company Promising Industrial and Infrastructure Technologies "for trying to evade the previous sanctions imposed on the Russian Direct Investment Fund."
The State Department has specified that Washington has added to that list Russian oligarchs such as magnate Dimitri Aleksandrovich Pumpianskii, former president of OAO TMK, a Russian world manufacturer of steel tubes; Andrei Igorevich Melnichenko, Chairman of the Mining Commission of the Bureau of the Board of Directors of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, and businessman Alexander Anatolevich Ponomarenko.
In addition, the Department has designated 24 Russian defense and technology-related entities, as well as "four individuals and one entity operating illegitimately on the territory of Ukraine in collaboration with Russia."
"The State Department is taking action to impose visa restrictions on individuals in connection with Russia's war in Ukraine. This includes 893 Russian Federation officials, such as Federation Council members and military members, for threatening or violate the sovereignty, territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine," he said in a statement.
Said list, as reported by the United States, includes 31 foreign government officials who have acted to "support Russia's alleged annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine" and, therefore, "threatened or violated Ukraine's sovereignty ".