The British government has imposed 14 more sanctions against Russian propagandists, state media and military figures, including a man called “Mariupol Butcher”.
Among those subject to sanctions are Russian Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, who is accused of blasting a children’s hospital and a drama theater that housed more than 1,000 civilians at the time.
Also on the list are Russian propagandist Sergei Brylev and Kremlin-funded TV channel Novosti-Novosti, which owns Russia Today.
Previously living in the UK, Mr Brylev, a well-known Russian state media presenter for Russia, will no longer be able to gain access to his British assets or continue business deals.
After Ofcom’s decision to revoke RT’s broadcasting licensethese sanctions guarantee that RT will not be able to return to UK television, the Foreign Ministry said.
The agency added that it would also not allow companies and individuals operating in the UK to do business with Russian state-run propaganda tools RT and Sputnik, as well as key figures in those organizations.
More than 1,000 Russian oligarchs and organizations have come under sanctions since President Putin invaded Ukraine a month ago.
Ms. Trus said the government “will continue to impose new sanctions” to “assure that Putin will lose in Ukraine.”
“Putin’s war against Ukraine is based on a stream of lies,” she said in a statement.
“Britain has helped lead the world in exposing Kremlin disinformation, and this latest batch of sanctions is hitting shameless propagandists who are pushing out fake news and Putin’s narratives.
“We will continue to impose new sanctions to increase pressure on Russia and ensure that Putin loses in Ukraine.
“Nothing and no one from the table.”
Other new additions to the UK sanctions list include:
• Alexander Zharov, General Director of Gazprom Media.
• Alexei Nikolov, Managing Director of RT
• Anton Anisimov, Head of International Broadcasting Sputnik
• Russia Today, a media group owned and operated by the Russian government
• Vladimir Ilyich Makimenko, Director of the Strategic Culture Foundation’s online magazine registered in Russia
• Andrei Areshov, Director of the Strategic Culture Foundation’s online magazine registered in Russia
• Irina Bubnova, editor of social networks of the Foundation for Strategic Culture
• Bespalov Anton Sergeevich, editor of social networks of the Foundation for Strategic Culture
• Natalia Skorokhodova, Human Resources and Finance of the Strategic Culture Foundation
• Svetlana Zamlyalova, editor-in-chief of the Camerton magazine, a news agency of the Strategic Culture Foundation.
The assets of these individuals will be frozen and they will be banned from leaving, which means that they will not be able to enter the United Kingdom
Culture Minister Nadine Doris said President Putin’s propaganda machine “worked too hard to spread misinformation and distract from his barbaric actions in Ukraine.”
“These sanctions will be aimed at those involved in concealing the actions of the Russian state,” said Ms. Doris.
“We will not hesitate to continue to act against individuals and organizations that are trying to deceive people about this false war.
“The UK has also quickly imposed sanctions on 7 other people linked to the Strategic Culture Foundation, who were recently sanctioned by Australia for their role in spreading misinformation.
“The UK is working closely with allies to target Russian oligarchs, banks and businesses.”
Last week the UK government imposed another 65 sanctions against Russian citizens and businesses aimed at discovering “vital industries that fuel Putin’s military machine.”
They included a group of Russian mercenaries, Wagner, who was allegedly charged with murder President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky – and Alfa-Bank, Russia’s largest private bank.
Among others were Palina Kovaleva, stepdaughter of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, oil billionaire tycoon Yevgeny Shvidler (with close business ties to Roman Abramovich) and Herman Gref, CEO of Russia’s largest bank Sberbank and a close adviser to Vladimir Putin since 1990.