This is evidenced by the publication of the new EU sanctions list today in the Official Gazette.
Alina Kabaeva is a former Olympic, world and European champion in rhythmic gymnastics. After her sports career, she was a member of the State Duma, the Russian parliament. She also led the National Media Group, which is jointly responsible for all state media in the country.
She has been in a relationship with Putin since 2008. However, this was not officially confirmed by the Kremlin. When Gossip magazine wrote about the relationship that year, according to good Russian customs, it was immediately closed.
Putin’s ex-wife Lyudmila Ocheretnaya and two of their daughters also faced these punitive measures.
About Kabaeva – and all the speculation about children she would have with Putin – we wrote this article last month:
The list of new sanctions also includes high-ranking military personnel who are jointly responsible for the massacres in Bucha and Mariupol. Russian forces killed many innocent civilians there.
Sanctions include a colonel known as the “Butcher of Bucha” and a colonel known as the “Butcher of Mariupol”. In total, the EU has 65 people in sight.
The publication of the new sanctions marks the 100th day of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The toughest sanctions in the package are a ban on the import of Russian crude oil by sea. The ban will take effect within six months.
oil by land
Within eight months, the import of refined products from Russia into the European Union will be banned. European Union banks and financial institutions are no longer allowed to insure or finance ships carrying Russian oil. This makes it more difficult for Russia to sell oil to countries outside the European Union.
Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and landlocked European Union countries that depend on Russian pipelines will have more time to adapt their infrastructure. Europe wants a quick ban on the import of Russian land oil, but a date has not yet been set.
Germany and Poland have already announced that they will abandon the Russian oil they import by land this year. The oil boycott was supposed to stop about 90 percent of oil supplies from Russia to the European Union by the end of this year.
Moreover, Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank, two other Russian banks and a Belarusian bank were cut off from SWIFT, the international telecommunications service for banks. The European Union will also ban three Russian state channels.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed his gratitude to European Union leaders on Twitter. “The sixth sanctions package increases pressure on Russia by withholding oil profits,” he writes.
Earlier this week, RTL Nieuws reported on the consequences of an oil boycott on the Netherlands:
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