The European Union sanctioned the mayor of Moscow, the Sberbank bank and Syrian mercenary recruiters for the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin hold candles while attending the Orthodox Easter service at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, Russia (REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov)
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin hold candles while attending the Orthodox Easter service at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, Russia (REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov)

The European Union included the mayor of Moscow, the “Lobos Nocturnos” motorcyclist gang, close to the Kremlin, the Sberbank bank, the executive director of the metallurgical UMMC and Syrian mercenary recruiters among the sanctioned in his last package of restrictive measures for Russian aggression in Ukraine.

Overall, 54 individuals and 10 entities pasan a engrosar la lista de castigados con la congelación de sus bienes en territorio comunitario y la prohibition de viajar al mismowhich already includes more than 1,200 people and more than a hundred entities.

“Añadimos a la lista a otro importante banco ruso, Sberbank, y evitamos que lleve a cabo transacción fuera de Rusia. In addition, we are adding more individuals involved in Russia’s unprovoked aggression against Ukraine, such as cargos militares, el club de motoreros Lobos Nocturnos y actores de disinformación“, said this Friday in a communique the high representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell.

Among the sanctioned political positions stands out the mayor of Moscow, Sergey Semyonovich Sobyaninwhich maintains close ties with the Russian president, Vladimir Putinand was vice prime minister of the country in his cabinet between 2008 and 2010, according to the EU in the list published in the official bulletin.

There are also members of the Russian regional parliaments, as well as leaders imposed by Moscow in the occupied zones of eastern Ukraine, as well as those responsible for the regions of Zaporiya and Berdyansko los denominatos alcaldes de Mariupol, Kherson y Eherhodar.

Maria Lvova-Belov in her meeting with Vladimir Putin
Maria Lvova-Belov in her meeting with Vladimir Putin

Se impondrán asimismo restrictions a Andrey Removich Belousovdeputy prime minister prime minister of the Russian Federation and intimate of Putin, to the first deputy director of the FSB, the Russian secret service, Sergei Borisovich Korolevya la comisaria para los derechos del niño rusa, Maria Alexeyevna Lvova-Belovapor estar implicada en el transporte illegal de niños ucranianos a Rusia y su adopción por familias rusas.

Los Veintisiete have also included among the sanctioned the nationalist women’s club Lobos Nocturnos, including its president, very close to Putin, and the head of the European chapter that has its headquarters in Slovakia.

Consideran que this group “has actively participated in the Russian military aggression against Ukraine”publicly supporting the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the war in 2022, spreading pro-Russian propaganda and even fighting on the ground

En el amíto empresarial, la UE includes entre las entities sanctioned a Sberbank, which will see its assets frozen in the EU after leaving the SWIFT system, and among individuals Andrey Anatolyevich Kozitsyn, founder and executive director of Ural Mining Metallurgical Company (UMMC), one of the major Russian producers of raw materials such as copper, zinc, carbon, gold and silver.

The logo of Russian bank Sberbank Europe AG is seen at its headquarters in Vienna, Austria, February 28, 2022. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
The logo of Russian bank Sberbank Europe AG is seen at its headquarters in Vienna, Austria, February 28, 2022. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Likewise, they appear in the list of military and naval sector companies that have been seen involved in it “robo de grano ukraniano”, as well as entities responsible for disseminating propaganda in favor of the Kremlin or anti-ukranianaindicated the EU Council in a statement.

También han sido sanctioned altos cargos de las fuerzas militares rusas, junto a individuos y una the Syrian entity responsible for recruiting mercenaries in Ukraine to fight in Ukraine with the Russianstras constastar que el régimen de Syria “proporciona apoyo, incluido militar” para la agresión.

The EU will also impose restrictions on the actors Sergey Bezrukov and Vladimir Mashkov, for having participated in the propaganda in favor of the invasion.

(With information from EFE)

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