Against 12 deputies of the State Duma and Russian businessman Viktor Vekselberg, as well as close relatives of the press secretary of the President of Russia, the United States imposed sanctions.
Washington accuses them of facilitating Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine, writes Deutsche Welle. The extensive list of those sanctioned, according to the US Treasury on March 11, includes a number of Russian oligarchs and elites: 10 members of the board of directors of VTB Bank, businessman Viktor Vekselberg, 12 State Duma deputies, including member of the Russian Security Council Vyacheslav Volodin and leader of the Communist Party Gennady Zyuganov, as well as three close relatives of the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov.
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen comments on the published list:
“The Ministry of Finance continues to hold Russian officials accountable for allowing Putin’s unjustified and unprovoked war.”
The new sanctions also apply to Peskov’s wife, Olympic figure skating champion Tatyana Navka, and his adult children, Nikolai and Elizaveta. As noted in a statement by the US Treasury, they lead “a luxurious lifestyle, which does not correspond to the salary of a civil servant paid to Peskov.”
In early March of this year, Washington announced sanctions against Dmitry Peskov himself and seven other people from Putin’s inner circle, cutting them off from the US financial system. Nineteen Russian oligarchs and 47 individuals associated with them were subject to visa restrictions for supporting “Russia’s destabilizing foreign policy.”