29 Jun 2022 14:20

UK sanctions Potanin, some other Russian businessmen

MOSCOW. June 29 (Interfax) - The UK has sanctioned a group of Russian businessmen, including Vladimir Potanin, owner of the Interros holding and the biggest beneficiary of Nornickel .

According to the UK government's updated sanctions list, Potanin was added "as he is obtaining a benefit from or supporting the Government of Russia by owning or controlling Rosbank ." "Rosbank is carrying on business in the Russian financial services sector, which is a sector of strategic significance to the Government of Russia," the notice says. Interros bought Rosbank in April - the bank had previously been owned by Societe Generale, which has left the Russian market.

The updated list includes another party to a deal to acquire a banking asset from a departing foreign player: Ivan Tyryshkin, leader of a group of investors that is buying HCF Bank from Home Credit B.V., part of the Czech Republic's PPF Group).

Also sanctioned are the Kolmar coal company and its core owner, Anna Tsivileva, as well as Ruslan Baysarov; Said Gutseriev and Sait-Salam Gutseriev; Moscow Industrial Bank ; JSC New Opportunities, which received selected assets from the Sberbank ecosystem in the spring; and JSC Marshal.Global.

R-Style Softlab, an IT integrator for financial market participants, is sanctioned as "able to undermine sanctions and Russian banks' exclusion from the SWIFT payment messaging network through its work on implementing a program to modernize the payment infrastructure and exchange of financial data via the Russian Central Bank's System for Transfer of Financial Messages."

Croatian citizen Mihajlo Perencevic is sanctioned as president of Velesstroy, a construction firm operating in the Russian oil and gas sector.