Menu Home

Darn time zones! OFSI adds 14 to Russia sanctions while I was asleep…

Today, UK regulators added the following persons:

1. ANISIMOV, Anton Sergeevich
Name (non-Latin script): антон сергеевич асимов
Position: Editor-in-Chief Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): RUS1114 (UK Statement of Reasons): Anton ANISIMOV (hereafter ANISIMOV) is Editor-in-Chief of Sputnik. Sputnik’s parent company is Rossiya Segodnya, which is a Russian state-funded international news agency. Sputnik supports and promotes Russia’s policies and actions in relation to Ukraine. As Editor-In-Chief, ANISIMOV will clear all content that is published by Sputnik. He has also been quoted promoting the Russian narrative on the war. He therefore engages in, provides support for, or promotes any policy or action which destabilises Ukraine or undermines or threatens the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. (Phone number): +7 (495) 645 6601 (Email address): feedback@sputniknews.com (Gender): Male Listed on: 31/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 31/03/2022 Last Updated: 31/03/2022 Group ID: 15061.

2. ARESHEV, Andrey Grigoryevich
DOB: 21/07/1974. Nationality: Russia Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): RUS1105 (UK Statement of Reasons): Designated for the purposes of an asset freeze and a travel ban under the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. The designation is made as a designation by name under the urgent procedure. The relevant provision by reference to which the Minister considers that condition B is met is the Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011 in respect of Australia’s Ukraine and Russia sanctions regimes. The purposes of this provision correspond or are similar to the purposes of the UK’s Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, which have as their purposes to encourage Russia to cease actions destabilising Ukraine or undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. The Minister considers that it is in the public interest to designate (condition C). Listed on: 31/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 31/03/2022 Last Updated: 31/03/2022 Group ID: 15052.

3. BESPALOV, Anton Sergeyevich
DOB: 02/02/1981. Nationality: Russia Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): RUS1107 (UK Statement of Reasons): Designated for the purposes of an asset freeze and a travel ban under the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. The designation is made as a designation by name under the urgent procedure. The relevant provision by reference to which the Minister considers that condition B is met is the Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011 in respect of Australia’s Ukraine and Russia sanctions regimes. The purposes of this provision correspond or are similar to the purposes of the UK’s Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, which have as their purposes to encourage Russia to cease actions destabilising Ukraine or undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. The Minister considers that it is in the public interest to designate (condition C). Listed on: 31/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 31/03/2022 Last Updated: 31/03/2022 Group ID: 15054.

4. BRILEV, Sergey Borisovich
Name (non-Latin script): Сергей Борисович Брилёв
DOB: 24/07/1972. POB: Moscow, Russia Nationality: Russia Passport Number: 524695376 Position: Anchor and Deputy Director, Rossiya Television and Radio Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): RUS1113 (UK Statement of Reasons): Sergey Borisovich BRILEV is a prominent news anchor and senior executive at the Russian state- owned Rossiya Television and Radio network. BRILEV has actively engaged in propagating the Kremlin’s disinformation about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and has supported and promoted Russian military actions that destabilise Ukraine and undermine or threatens the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. (Gender):Male Listed on: 31/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 31/03/2022 Last Updated: 31/03/2022 Group ID: 15060.

5. BUBNOVA, Irina Sergeyevna
DOB: 01/04/1983. Nationality: Russia Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): RUS1106 (UK Statement of Reasons): Designated for the purposes of an asset freeze and a travel ban under the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. The designation is made as a designation by name under the urgent procedure. The relevant provision by reference to which the Minister considers that condition B is met is the Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011 in respect of Australia’s Ukraine and Russia sanctions regimes. The purposes of this provision correspond or are similar to the purposes of the UK’s Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, which have as their purposes to encourage Russia to cease actions destabilising Ukraine or undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. The Minister considers that it is in the public interest to designate (condition C). Listed on: 31/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 31/03/2022 Last Updated: 31/03/2022 Group ID: 15053.

6. MAKSIMENKO, Vladimir Ilich
DOB: 21/07/1954. Nationality: Russia Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): RUS1104 (UK Statement of Reasons): Designated for the purposes of an asset freeze and a travel ban under the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. The designation is made as a designation by name under the urgent procedure. The relevant provision by reference to which the Minister considers that condition B is met is the Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011 in respect of Australia’s Ukraine and Russia sanctions regimes. The purposes of this provision correspond or are similar to the purposes of the UK’s Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, which have as their purposes to encourage Russia to cease actions destabilising Ukraine or undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. The Minister considers that it is in the public interest to designate (condition C). Listed on: 31/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 31/03/2022 Last Updated: 31/03/2022 Group ID: 15051.

7. MIZINTSEV, Mikhail Yevgenyevich
Name (non-Latin script): Михаил Евгеньевич Мизинцев
DOB: 10/09/1962. POB: Averinskaya, Russia Nationality: Russia Position: Chief of the National Defence Command and Control Centre Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): RUS1112 (UK Statement of Reasons): Colonel General Mikhail Yevgenyevich MIZINTSEV is a member of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and currently holds the position of Chief of the National Defence Command and Control Centre. In his position as the Chief of the National Defence Command and Control Centre, MIZINTSEV has full operational overview of all Russian Armed Forces activity worldwide. In Ukraine, MIZINTSEV has been responsible for planning and executing the siege and bombardment of Mariupol. MIZINTSEV is therefore a person who is responsible for, engages in, provides support for, or promotes any policy or action which destabilises Ukraine or undermines or threatens the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. (Gender): Male Listed on: 31/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 31/03/2022 Last Updated: 31/03/2022 Group ID: 15059.

8. NIKOLOV, Alexey Lvovich
Name (non-Latin script): Алексей Львович НИКОЛОВ
DOB: 21/12/1957. POB: Moscow, Russia Nationality: Russia Passport Number: (1) 530308406 (2) 531246870 Address: Moscow, Russia. Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): RUS1111 (UK Statement of Reasons): Alexey Lvovich NIKOLOV is an important Russian media figure and the managing director of the Russian broadcast company RT (formerly Russia Today). RT is state-funded by the Russian Government. NIKOLOV is therefore a director of a Government of Russia-affiliated entity which is carrying on business in a of a sector of strategic significance to the Russian Government whose actions are destabilising Ukraine and/or undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. (Gender): Male Listed on: 31/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 31/03/2022 Last Updated: 31/03/2022 Group ID: 15058.

9. SAENKO, Sergei Ivanovich
DOB: 25/10/1950. Nationality: Russia Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): RUS1108 (UK Statement of Reasons): Designated for the purposes of an asset freeze and a travel ban under the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. The designation is made as a designation by name under the urgent procedure. The relevant provision by reference to which the Minister considers that condition B is met is the Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011 in respect of Australia’s Ukraine and Russia sanctions regimes. The purposes of this provision correspond or are similar to the purposes of the UK’s Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, which have as their purposes to encourage Russia to cease actions destabilising Ukraine or undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. The Minister considers that it is in the public interest to designate (condition C). Listed on: 31/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 31/03/2022 Last Updated: 31/03/2022 Group ID: 15055.

10. SKOROKHODOVA, Natalya Petrovna
DOB: 25/08/1968. Nationality: Russia Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): RUS1109 (UK Statement of Reasons): Designated for the purposes of an asset freeze and a travel ban under the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. The designation is made as a designation by name under the urgent procedure. The relevant provision by reference to which the Minister considers that condition B is met is the Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011 in respect of Australia’s Ukraine and Russia sanctions regimes. The purposes of this provision correspond or are similar to the purposes of the UK’s Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, which have as their purposes to encourage Russia to cease actions destabilising Ukraine or undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. The Minister considers that it is in the public interest to designate (condition C). Listed on: 31/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 31/03/2022 Last Updated: 31/03/2022 Group ID: 15056.

11. ZAMLELOVA, Svetlana Georgiyevna
DOB: 22/08/1973. Nationality: Russia Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): RUS1110 (UK Statement of Reasons): Designated for the purposes of an asset freeze and a travel ban under the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. The designation is made as a designation by name under the urgent procedure. The relevant provision by reference to which the Minister considers that condition B is met is the Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011 in respect of Australia’s Ukraine and Russia sanctions regimes. The purposes of this provision correspond or are similar to the purposes of the UK’s Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, which have as their purposes to encourage Russia to cease actions destabilising Ukraine or undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. The Minister considers that it is in the public interest to designate (condition C). Listed on: 31/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 31/03/2022 Last Updated: 31/03/2022 Group ID: 15057.

12. ZHAROV, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich
Name (non-Latin script): Алекса́ндр Алекса́ндрович ЖА́РОВ
DOB: 11/08/1964. POB: Chelyabinsk, Russia a.k.a: ZHAROV, Alexander, Aleksandrovich Nationality: Russia Position: CEO of Gazprom-Media Holding Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): RUS1115 (UK Statement of Reasons): Aleksandr ZHAROV is CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of Gazprom-Media Holding, which is a company obtaining a benefit from or supporting the Government of Russia by carrying on business [as a Government of Russia affiliated entity and carrying on business] in a sector of strategic significance to the Government of Russia, namely the information, communications and digitial technologies sector. (Gender): Male Listed on: 31/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 31/03/2022 Last Updated: 31/03/2022 Group ID: 15062.

and entities:

1. ROSSIYA SEGODNYA
Address: 4 Zubovsky Boulevard, Moscow, Russia, 119021. Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): RUS1103 (UK Statement of Reasons): Rossiya Segodnya is an involved person within the meaning of regulation 6. Rossiya Segodnya is a major Russian media organisation established by and receiving financial backing from the Russian state. It is obtaining a benefit from or supporting the Government of Russia by carrying on business as a Government of Russia-affiliated entity and carrying on business in a strategically significant sector to the Government of Russia, namely information, communications and digital technologies. (Phone number): +7 (495) 645 6601 (Website): https://rossiyasegodnya.com (Type of entity): Broadcasting and online media platform (Business Reg No):5137746242937 Listed on: 31/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 31/03/2022 Last Updated: 31/03/2022 Group ID: 15064.

2. TV-NOVOSTI
Address: Building 1, 3 Borovaya Street, Moscow, Russia, 1111020. Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): RUS1102 (UK Statement of Reasons): TV-Novosti is an involved person within the meaning of regulation 6. As a major Russian media organisation which receives significant financial funding from the Government of Russia, it is or has been involved in obtaining a benefit from or supporting the Government of Russia by carrying on business as a Government of Russia-affiliated entity and carrying on business in a strategically significant sector to the Government of Russia, namely information, communications and digital technologies. (Phone number): +7 (499) 750 0075 (Type of entity):Broadcasting and online media platform (Business Reg No):105774659367 Listed on: 31/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 31/03/2022 Last Updated: 31/03/2022 Group ID: 15063.

to its Russia sanctions program. And the Foreign Secretary issued the following statement:

Press release

Foreign Secretary announces sanctions on Putin’s propaganda

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has announced 14 new sanctions on Russia propagandists and state media. From:Foreign, Commonwealth & Development OfficeDepartment for Digital, Culture, Media & SportThe Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, and The Rt Hon Nadine Dorries MPPublished31 March 2022

Foreign Secretary announces sanctions on Putin's propaganda machine
  • Liz Truss announces 14 new sanctions, including Russian propagandist Sergey Brilev and Kremlin funded TV-Novosti – who own RT
  • new sanctions also include Russian Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, known as ‘the butcher of Mariupol’
  • the UK is leading global action on sanctions to debilitate the economy funding Putin’s war machine and increase pressure on his regime

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has announced 14 new sanctions today (Thursday 31 March) on Russian propagandists and state media who spread lies and deceit about Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine.

This includes Sergey Brilev, famous TV anchor on Russia state-owned media Rossiya and propagandist for Putin. Having previously lived in the UK, Brilev will no longer be able to access any of his UK assets or continue business dealings.

The government is also directly sanctioning state media organisations, targeting the Kremlin funded TV-Novosti who own RT, formerly Russia Today, and Rossiya Segodnya who control news agency Sputnik.

Following Ofcom’s decision to revoke RT’s broadcasting licence, these sanctions will ensure RT will not be able to find its way back on UK televisions, and will prevent companies and individuals operating in the UK from doing business with Russian state propaganda vehicles RT and Sputnik, and key figures in those organisations.

Disinformation is part of the Kremlin playbook and is used by Putin’s regime to obscure the truth of his unjust invasion.

Other propagandists sanctioned today include:

  • Aleksandr Zharov, Chief Executive Officer of Gazprom-Media and former Head of the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor)
  • Alexey Nikolov, Managing Director of RT
  • Anton Anisimov, Head of Sputnik International Broadcasting

As well as targeting Putin’s propaganda machine, the government is also sanctioning prominent Russian Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev.

Dubbed ‘the butcher of Mariupol’, Mizintsev is the Chief of the National Defence Command and Control Centre, where all Russian military operations are planned and controlled worldwide. Mizintsev is known for using reprehensible tactics, including shelling civilian centres in both Aleppo in 2015-16 and now in Mariupol – where atrocities are being perpetuated against Ukrainian people.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said:

Putin’s war on Ukraine is based on a torrent of lies. Britain has helped lead the world in exposing Kremlin disinformation, and this latest batch of sanctions hits the shameless propagandists who push out Putin’s fake news and narratives.

We will keep on going with more sanctions to ramp up the pressure on Russia and ensure Putin loses in Ukraine. Nothing and no one is off the table.

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said:

Putin’s propaganda machine has been working overdrive to spread misinformation and distract from his barbaric actions in Ukraine.

These sanctions will target those who are complicit in covering up the Russian state’s actions. We will not hesitate to act further against individuals and organisations attempting to deceive people about this misguided war.

The UK has also fast-tracked sanctions against another 7 individuals connected to the Strategic Culture Foundation – who were recently sanctioned by Australia for their role in spreading disinformation. The UK is operating closely with allies to target Russia’s oligarchs, banks and businesses.

View the full UK sanctions list.

Background

Asset freeze

An asset freeze prevents any UK citizen, or any business in the UK, from dealing with any funds or economic resources which are owned, held or controlled by the designated person and which are held in the UK. It will also prevent funds or economic resources being provided to or for the benefit of the designated person.

Travel ban

A travel ban means that the designated person must be refused leave to enter or to remain in the United Kingdom, providing the individual be an excluded person under section 8B of the Immigration Act 1971.

Transport sanction

Recently introduced powers make it a criminal offence for any Russian aircraft to fly or land in the UK and give the government powers to remove aircraft belonging to designated Russian individuals and entities from the UK aircraft register, even if the sanctioned individual is not on board. Russian ships are also banned from UK ports.

Individuals and entities sanctioned

  • Sergey Brilev is a prominent Russian presenter on the state-owned TV channel Rossiya. He is known for his interviews with high profile political figures, including Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev. The TV presenter is also a member of the Russian International Affairs Council which is presided over by the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov. The channel Rossiya has described the Ukrainian war as a “special military operation” and accused ‘Ukrainian Nazis’ of carrying out genocide in the country
  • TV-Novosti, the institution that controls RT and is funded by the Kremlin. RT has propagated pro-Kremlin narratives around the invasion of Ukraine, including that neo-Nazis are present in the country and that Ukrainian soldiers have committed war crimes
  • Rossiya Segodnya, a media group owned and operated by the Russian government. Rossiya Segodnya controls Sputnik. Sputnik is a Russian state-owned news agency. In the context of Russia’s invasion into Ukraine, it has published disinformation undermining Ukraine, and its senior staff amplify those claims globally
  • Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, the so-called ‘Butcher of Mariupol’, is a senior Russian general. As Chief of the National Defence Management Centre of the Russian Federation, he has operational overview of all Russian Armed Forces activity worldwide. He has been linked to the planning and execution of the bombardment of Mariupol, among other key Russian military operations against Ukraine. He was also heavily implicated in Russia’s military activity in Syria including the destruction of the city of Aleppo
  • Aleksandr Zharov, Chief Executive Officer of Gazprom-Media and former Head of the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor). Gazprom-Media owns TV channel NTV, that often attacks Ukrainian sovereignty, and which has argued that Kyiv has developed biological weapons with the United States
  • Alexey Nikolov is the Managing Director of RT, formerly Russia Today, and a co-founder of the Association for the Development of International Journalism. He began work as a journalist in the 1970s, eventually contributing to the launch of the Russian national network, REN TV in 1997. He joined RT in 2005 and also serves as Deputy Dean for the Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design at the HSE University, Moscow
  • Anton Anisimov, Editor-in-Chief of Sputnik. Anton Anisimov has been Head of International Broadcasting and Editor-in-Chief of Sputnik since 2015, having previously worked for RT and Rossiya Segodnya. He denies that Sputnik publishes Kremlin propaganda, arguing that his employees view their work as part of a global communications war. In a recent interview on the Russia-Ukraine war, when asked whether the Russian military underestimated Ukrainian resistance, Anisimov was quoted as describing the war as a “combination of a military operation with a humanitarian mission.” He has attacked Ukrainian sovereignty
  • Vladimir Ilich Maksimenko, Director at the Strategic Culture Foundation. The Strategic Culture Foundation is an online journal registered in Russia. Australia has already sanctioned this individual due to his role in spreading disinformation
  • Andrey Grigoryevich Areshev, Director at the Strategic Culture Foundation. The Strategic Culture Foundation is an online journal registered in Russia. Australia has already sanctioned this individual due to his role in spreading disinformation
  • Irina Sergeyevna Bubnov, Social Media Editor at the Strategic Culture Foundation. The Strategic Culture Foundation is an online journal registered in Russia. Australia has already sanctioned this individual due to her role in spreading disinformation
  • Anton Sergeyevich Bespalov, Social Media Editor at the Strategic Culture Foundation. The Strategic Culture Foundation is an online journal registered in Russia Australia has already sanctioned this individual due to his role in spreading disinformation
  • Sergei Ivanovich Saenko, Social Media Operations, Strategic Culture Foundation. The Strategic Culture Foundation is an online journal registered in Russia Australia has already sanctioned this individual due to his role in spreading disinformation
  • Natalya Petrovna Skorokhodova, Human Resources, Finance, Strategic Culture Foundation. The Strategic Culture Foundation is an online journal registered in Russia. Australia has already sanctioned this individual due to her role in spreading disinformation
  • Svetlana Georgiyevna Zamlelova, Chief Editor, Journal Kamerton. Journal Kamerton is a news outlet that is affiliated with the Strategic Culture Foundation. Australia has already sanctioned Svetlana Georgiyevna Zamelelova for her role in spreading disinformation

Media enquiries

Email newsdesk@fcdo.gov.uk

Telephone 020 7008 3100

Contact the FCDO Communication Team via email (monitored 24 hours a day) in the first instance, and we will respond as soon as possible.

Links:

OFSI Notice

Foreign Secretary statement

Categories: FCDO updates Foreign Secretary statements OFSI Updates Russia sanctions

eric9to5

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: