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Over a week into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, sanctions are being placed on Russian oligarchs to put pressure on Vladimir Putin and the Russian economy.

The UK government has sanctioned asset freezes and travel bans on a number of super-wealthy oligarchs with close links to the Kremlin to “inflict maximum economic pain on Putin and his war machine”, Boris Johnson said.

So far, 13 individuals have been sanctioned.

1. Vladimir Putin


Putin Putin

Who: The Russian leader.

Sanctions: Assets frozen for ordering the Russian invasion into Ukraine.

2. Sergei Lavrov

Who: Russia’s Foreign Minister.

Sanctions: Assets frozen for his involvement in the invasion and attempts to destabilise Ukraine.

3. Kirill Shamalov

Who: Putin’s former son-in-law and shareholder and deputy chairman of petrochemical firm Sibur.

Sanctions: Asset freeze and travel ban for his close links to the Kremlin and Putin.

4. Gennady Timchenko

Who: Major shareholder of Bank Rossiya

Sanctions: Asset freeze and travel ban for being involved in, engaging in, providing support for, or promoting any policy or action which destabilises Ukraine. And, for being associated with a person involved in destabilising Ukraine.

5. Boris Rotenberg

Who: Board member and major shareholder of Russian lender SMP Bank

Sanctions: Asset freeze and travel ban for having close personal ties to Putin and for being involved in obtaining a benefit from the Russian government.

6. Igor Rotenberg

Who: Chairman of transport company National Telematic Systems

Sanctions: Asset freeze and travel ban for having close familial ties to Putin and for benefiting from or supporting the Russian government.

7. Denis Bortnikov

Who: Deputy president and chairman of Russian state-owned lender VTB

Sanctions: Asset freeze and travel ban for having close family ties to the Kremlin.

8. Petr Fradkov

Who: Head of Russian state-owned Promsvyazbank

Sanctions: Asset freeze and travel ban

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9. Yury Slyusar

Who: General Director of UAC

Sanctions: Asset freeze and travel ban

10. Elena Georgieva

Who: Chair of Novikombank

Sanctions: Asset freeze and travel ban

11. Kirill Dmitriev

Who: CEO of Russia's RDIF sovereign wealth fund

Sanctions: Asset freeze and travel ban for obtaining a benefit from or supporting the Russian government

12. Igor Shuvalov

Who: Former first deputy prime minister, a former aide to Putin and chair of the management board of VEB

Sanctions: Asset freeze and travel ban for being a "core part of Putin's inner circle".

13. Alisher Usmanov

Who: Founder of USM Holdings, which works in mining, telecoms and tech.

Sanctions: Asset freeze and travel ban for having close links to the Kremlin.


Despite these sanctions, Labour leader Keir Starmer has criticised Johnson for the slow action and questioned why Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich has not yet faced any.

Other commentators and politicians have also called on the government to do more and have compared the UK to the EU.




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