Roman Babayan

EU Sanctions Putin’s Spokesman, Oligarchs, Journalists

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By Georgi Gotev

BRUSSELS (Euractiv.com) — Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov is among 26 prominent people sanctioned by the European Union for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to the decision published on February 28 on the EU’s official journal.

The listings include oligarchs and businessmen active in the oil, banking and finance sectors, as well as government members, high-level military people, and “propagandists who contributed to spread anti-Ukrainian propaganda,” the EU said in a statement.

Among the listed persons are Igor Sechin, the boss of Russia’s state oil company Rosneft, and the chief executive of energy giant Transneft, Nikolay Tokarev.

Oligarchs Alisher Usmanov, Petr Aven and Alexander Ponomarenko and the banker Mikhail Fridman are also included in the sanction list.

The list includes Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko, other members of the Russian government and top journalists.

Tigran Keosayan

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The journalists on the sanction list are Tigran Keosayan, actor and director, host of the propagandist TV show on political affairs on NTV channel, called “International Sawmill with Tigran Keosayan,” and journalist, host of the “Own Truth” TV show on NTV channel and “Right of Voice” on TV Cent Roman Babayan.

The restrictive measures include travel bans, an asset freeze and a prohibition from making funds available to the listed individuals.

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