26 Sep 2022 18:18

London sanctions Russia over DPR, LPR, Ukraine referendums, adds more than 90 individuals, entities to sanctions lists

LONDON. Sept 26 (Interfax) - British authorities have announced further sanctions on Russia for the referendums being held in the Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics (DPR and LPR) and in Ukraine's Kherson and Zaporizhzhya regions, the Foreign Office said in a press release.

The new sanctions were imposed on 94 individuals and entities, including 33 people who are directly involved with organizing the referendums, it said. Among those affected are Sergei Yeliseyev, chairman of the Kherson region government, Ivan Kusov, LPR education minister, Yevgeny Balitsky, head of the Zaporizhzhya regional military-civilian administration, and Yevgeny Solntsev, deputy chairman of the DPR government.

The restrictions also were extended to Goznak and IMA-consulting, a PR agency.

In addition, London has imposed sanctions on four Russian businessmen: God Nisanov and Zarakh Iliyev, who own the developer group Kiyevskaya Ploshchad, Iskandar Makhmudov, president of the Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company, and Igor Makarov, president of the Ireti international group.

The newly sanctioned also include 55 board members of the companies, which in the view of British authorities, have links with the Russian government. Twenty-three of them are members of the board of directors and management board at Gazprombank , 16 are members of the supervisory board and management board at Sberbank , and ten are employees of Sovcombank.

In total, there are now some 1,200 individuals and 120 entities on the British sanctions lists, the UK government said.