US Sanctions Putin’s ‘Girlfriend’, Oligarchs For Complicity In Ukraine War

US punishes Putin's 'girlfriend', oligarchs for complicity in war in Ukraine

The State Department has imposed sanctions, including visa restrictions, on oligarchs. (File)

Washington:

The United States on Tuesday blacklisted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s alleged girlfriend and the tycoon owner of London’s second-largest estate in the latest round of sanctions for the invasion of Ukraine.

Also affected by US trade bans were several other oligarchs believed to be close to Putin, four officials named by Russia to manage occupied territories in Ukraine, and about two dozen advanced technology institutes and companies, including major state-owned companies. supported electronics entities.

The US Treasury Department has announced sanctions against Putin aide and billionaire Andrey Grigoryevich Guryev, who owns the Witanhurst estate, the second largest estate in London after Buckingham Palace.

Guryev is the founder and former deputy chairman of PhosAgro, a major supplier to global fertilizer markets.

He and his son were hit by financial sanctions, which prohibit US companies – including banks with US branches – from transacting with them and freezing their assets under US jurisdictions.

The Treasury has also blacklisted Guryev’s Caribbean-based 81-meter (267-foot) yacht Alfa Nero, putting it at risk of seizure.

However, the Treasury Department said that Alfa Nero “allegedly turned off its location-tracking hardware to prevent seizures”.

The Treasury also imposed sanctions on Alina Kabaeva, a former Olympic gymnast widely described as Putin’s girlfriend, and Natalya Popova, wife of Kirill Dmitriev, the manager of the Russian government’s massive state investment fund.

The Treasury Department said Popova works for the technology company Innopraktika, which is run by one of Putin’s daughters.

“While innocent people suffer from Russia’s illegal war of aggression, Putin’s allies have enriched themselves and financed a lavish lifestyle,” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in a statement.

“The Treasury Department will use all means at our disposal to ensure that the Russian elites and the Kremlin’s instigators are held accountable for their complicity in a war that has cost countless lives,” Yellen said.

Viktor Filippovich Rashnikov, one of Russia’s largest taxpayers, and two subsidiaries of his MMK, one of the world’s largest steel producers, were also hit by sanctions.

In a joint action, the State Department has imposed sanctions, including visa restrictions, on oligarchs “running huge revenue-generating businesses,” including Dmitry Aleksandrovich Pumpyanskiy, Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko and Alexander Anatolevich Ponomarenko.

In addition, nearly 900 Russian officials were placed on a US visa-ban list, as well as 31 unnamed non-Russian officials who have supported Russia’s occupation of Crimea, the State Department said.

“Today, the United States is taking additional steps to ensure that the Kremlin and its enablers feel the aggravating effects of our response to the Kremlin’s unscrupulous war of aggression,” Foreign Minister Antony Blinken said.

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