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OFSI adds to Russia sanctions, updates Syrian listings

12 entries added to the consolidated list

12 entries have been added to the consolidated list under the Russia financial sanctions regime.

On 13 May 2022 the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office updated the UK Sanctions List on GOV.UK. This list provides details of those designated under regulations made under the Sanctions Act.

12 individuals have been added to the Russia financial sanctions regime and are now subject to an asset freeze. Furthermore, 10 entries have been amended and remain subject to an asset freeze.

Under the Syria financial sanctions regime, 108 entries have been amended and remain subject to an asset freeze.

The following entry has been removed from the consolidated list and is no longer 
subject to an asset freeze.

  • Yousef Ismail (Group ID: 12471)

The following entry has been added to the consolidated list and replaces Group ID: 12421:

  • Mohammad al-Shaar (Group ID: 15382)

Here is the removed Syrian listing:

1.ISMAIL, Yousef
a.k.a: ISMAEL, Yousef Position: Commander 134th Brigade Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): SYR0240 (UK Statement of Reasons): Gave orders to troops to shoot at houses and people on roofs during a funeral in Talbiseh for protesters killed the previous day. (Gender): Male Listed on: 24/01/2012 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 31/12/2020 Last Updated: 31/12/2020 13/05/2022 Group ID: 12471.

and the added one:

1.AL-SHAAR, Mohammed
a.k.a: (1) AL-CHA’AR, Mohamed (2) AL-CHA’AR, Mohammad (3) AL-CHA’AR, Mohammed (4) AL-CHAAR, Mohamed (5) AL-CHAAR, Mohammad (6) AL-CHAAR, Mohammed (7) AL-CHAAR, Muhammad (8) AL-CHA'AR, Muhammad (9) AL-SHA’AR, Mohammad (10) AL-SHA’AR, Mohammed (11) AL-SHA’AR, Muhammad (12) AL-SHAAR, Mohamed (13) AL-SHA'AR, Mohamed (14) AL-SHAAR, Mohammad (15) AL-SHAAR, Muhammad Nationality: Syria Position: Military Official Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): SYR0381 (UK Statement of Reasons): Political Security Division. Military Official involved in the violence in Homs. Listed on: 13/05/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 13/05/2022 Last Updated: 13/05/2022 Group ID: 15382.

and the one it replaced:

1. AL-SHAAR, Mohammad Ibrahim
DOB: --/--/1950. POB: Latakia Province, Syria a.k.a: (1) AL-CHAAR, Mohamed (2) AL- CHA'AR, Mohamed (3) AL-CHAAR, Mohammad, Ibrahim (4) AL-CHA'AR, Mohammad, Ibrahim (5) AL-CHAAR, Mohammed (6) AL-CHA'AR, Mohammed (7) AL-CHAAR, Muhammad (8) AL-CHA'AR, Muhammad (9) AL-SHAAR, Mohamed (10) AL-SHA'AR, Mohamed (11) AL-SHA'AR, Mohammad, Ibrahim (12) AL-SHAAR, Mohammed (13) AL- SHA'AR, Mohammed (14) AL-SHAAR, Muhammad (15) AL-SHA'AR, Muhammad Nationality: Syria Position: Major General. Minister for the Interior Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): SYR0342 (UK Statement of Reasons): Former military official and former government minister within the Assad regime appointed after May 2011. Shares responsibility for the violent repression against the civilian population. (Gender): Male Listed on: 02/12/2011 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 31/12/2020 Last Updated: 31/12/2020 13/05/2022 Group ID: 12421.

Why it was done this way, and not just by amending the listing is beyond me… clearly, they have no issue amending listings…

Also, sorry… not going to cut and paste the 100+ amended Syrian designations here… link to the notice is below, of course.

And these are the 12 added Russian designations:

1. KABAEVA, Alina Maratovna
Name (non-Latin script): Әлинә Марат кызы Кабаева
DOB: 12/05/1983. POB: Tashkent, Uzbekhistan a.k.a: KABAYEVA, Alina, Maratovna Position: Chair of the Board of Directors of National Media Group Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS1462 (UK Statement of Reasons): Alina KABAEVA is the Chair of the Board of Directors at Russia's National Media Group, which actively promotes Russian propaganda regarding the invasion of Ukraine. Accordingly, KABAEVA is involved in destabilising Ukraine as she herself or through her association with NMG 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):Female Listed on: 13/05/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 13/05/2022 Last Updated: 13/05/2022 Group ID: 15391.

2. KHMARIN, Viktor Nikolaevich
Name (non-Latin script): Виктор Николаевич Хмарин
DOB: 10/12/1949. POB: St Petersburg, Russia Nationality: Russia Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS1423 (UK Statement of Reasons):Viktor KHMARIN (henceforth KHMARIN) is a Russian lawyer and businessman, who is a friend and relative, by marriage, of President Vladimir Putin. KHMARIN has owned a number of businesses including, LLC "NefteProduktServis", which operated in the Russia energy industry, a sector of strategic significance to the Government of Russia. Therefore, KHMARIN has obtained a benefit from or supported the Government of Russia. (Gender):Male Listed on: 13/05/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 13/05/2022 Last Updated: 13/05/2022 Group ID: 15384.

3. KLISHIN, Mikhail Alekseevich
Name (non-Latin script): Михаил Алексеевич Клишин
DOB: 09/10/1954. POB: St Petersburg, Russia Nationality: Russia Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS1460 (UK Statement of Reasons):Mikhail Alekseevich KLISHIN is a member of the Board of Directors of JSC SOGAZ - a major Russian reinsurance company which services sectors of strategic importance to the Russian Government. SOGAZ, which was designated by the United Kingdom for the purposes of an asset freeze on the 15th of March 2022, operates in the Russian financial services sectors. KLISHIN is also a director of Russian financial services firm ZEST. As a director of entities carrying on business in a sector of strategic significance to the Government of Russia, KLISHIN has obtained a benefit from or supported the Government of Russia. JSC SOGAZ insured the construction of the railway infrastructure connecting the bridge over the Kerch Strait and the Port of Taman and reinsured the construction of the bridge over the Kerch Strait between the Russian mainland and the Crimean peninsula. In doing so, SOGAZ supported the illegally annexed Crimean peninsula into the Russian Federation which in turn further undermined the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine. Therefore, KLISHIN, as a director of SOGAZ, has been responsible for, engaged in, provided support for, or promoted any policies or actions which have destabilised and undermined the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. (Gender):Male Listed on: 13/05/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 13/05/2022 Last Updated: 13/05/2022 Group ID: 15385.

4. KOLBIN, Vladimir Petrovich
Name (non-Latin script): Владимир Петрович Колбин
POB: Russia Nationality: Russia Position: Director Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS1425 (UK Statement of Reasons):Vladimir Petrovich Kolbin (hereafter KOLBIN) is a Russian businessman and General Director of Gelendzhik Seaport LLC. Gelendzhik Seaport LLC is a company that has invested heavily into the infrastructure of the Gelendzhik Seaport. It is therefore a company that is carrying on business in a sector of strategic significance to the Government of Russia, namely the transport sector. KOLBIN is an individual who is carrying on business in a sector of strategic significance to the Government of Russia, through his position as General Director. KOLBIN is therefore obtaining a benefit from or supporting the Government of Russia. (Gender):Male Listed on: 13/05/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 13/05/2022 Last Updated: 13/05/2022 Group ID: 15387.

5. OCHERETNAYA, Lyudmila Aleksandrovna
DOB: 01/05/1958. POB: Kaliningrad, Russia a.k.a: PUTINA, Lyudmila, Aleksandrovna Nationality: Russia Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS1465 (UK Statement of Reasons):Lyudmila Aleksandrovna OCHERETNAYA (formerly, PUTINA) is the former First Lady of the Russian Federation and ex-wife of Vladimir Putin. There are reasonable grounds to suspect that OCHERETNAYA is a member of, or associated with, a person who is or has been involved in destabilising Ukraine or undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. (Gender):Female Listed on: 13/05/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 13/05/2022 Last Updated: 13/05/2022 Group ID: 15394.

6. PLEKHOV, Aleksandr Grigorevich
Name (non-Latin script): Александр Григорьевич Плехов
DOB: 26/01/1969. POB: Vitebsk, Belarus Nationality: Russia Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS1459 (UK Statement of Reasons):Aleksandr Grigorevich Plekhov (hereafter PLEKHOV) is a Russian businessman and reportedly an associate of President Vladimir Putin. PLEKHOV is or has been involved in obtaining a benefit from or supporting the Government of Russia as a director of Vital Development Corporation JSC, a Russian biochemical company and producer of COVID-19 testing kits which is carrying on business in a sector of strategic significance and business of economic significance to the Government of Russia. (Gender):Male Listed on: 13/05/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 13/05/2022 Last Updated: 13/05/2022 Group ID: 15390.

7. PUTIN, Igor Alexandrovich
Name (non-Latin script): игорь александрович путин
DOB: 30/03/1953. POB: St Petersburg, Russia Nationality: Russia Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS1424 (UK Statement of Reasons):Igor Alexandrovich PUTIN (hereafter PUTIN) is or has been involved in obtaining a benefit from or supporting the Government of Russia as a director of International Sea Port of Pechenga OJSC. International Sea Port of Pechenga is an entity carrying on business in a sector of strategic significance to the Government of Russia, namely, the transport sector. (Gender):Male Listed on: 13/05/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 13/05/2022 Last Updated: 13/05/2022 Group ID: 15386.

8. PUTIN, Mikhail Evgenievich
Name (non-Latin script): михаил евгеньевич путин
DOB: 02/07/1967. POB: Ivanovo, Russia Nationality: Russia Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS1461 (UK Statement of Reasons):Mikhail Evgenievich PUTIN (hereafter PUTIN) is a Russian businessman and cousin of President Vladimir Putin. PUTIN is Deputy Chairman of the Management Board of SOGAZ Insurance, and is therefore a member of, or associated with, a company that is: 1. involved in destabilising Ukraine or undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine; and 2. involved in carrying on business in a sector of strategic significance to the Government of Russia, namely, the Russian financial services sector. PUTIN is also Deputy Chairman of the Management Board of Gazprom. He is therefore a member of, or associated with, an entity that is carrying on business as a Government of Russia-affiliated entity. (Gender):Male Listed on: 13/05/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 13/05/2022 Last Updated: 13/05/2022 Group ID: 15388.

9. PUTIN, Roman Igorevich
Name (non-Latin script): Роман Игоревич Путин
DOB: 10/11/1977. POB: Ryazan, Russia Nationality: Russia Position: Director Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS1463 (UK Statement of Reasons):Roman PUTIN is involved in obtaining a benefit from or supporting the Government of Russia by working as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the MRT Group of Companies LLC, which carries on business in the Russian transport sector, a sector of strategic significance to the Government of Russia. (Gender):Male Listed on: 13/05/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 13/05/2022 Last Updated: 13/05/2022 Group ID: 15392.

10. SHAMALOV, Yuri Nikolayevich
Name (non-Latin script): Юрий Николаевич Шамалов
DOB: 06/10/1970. POB: St Petersburg, Russia a.k.a: SHAMALOV, Yury, Nikolayevich Nationality: Russia Position: President of Gazfond Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS1464 (UK Statement of Reasons):Yuri SHAMALOV is the President of Gazfond and he sits on the Board of Directors of Gazprombank SHAMALOV is therefore involved in work as a director or equivalent of entities (Gazfond and Gazprombank) in a sector (finance) of strategic significance to the Russian Government. (Gender):Male Listed on: 13/05/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 13/05/2022 Last Updated: 13/05/2022 Group ID: 15393.

11. SHELOMOV, Mikhail Lvovich
Name (non-Latin script): Михаил Львович ШЕЛОМОВ
DOB: 07/01/1968. Nationality: Russia Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS1375 (UK Statement of Reasons):Mikhail SHELOMOV (henceforth SHELOMOV) is a Russian business owner and the first cousin, once removed, of President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. SHELOMOV, via his firm "Akcept" LLC, is a shareholder in Bank Rossiya, which is a key stakeholder in the National Media Group which supports Russian policy which is destabilising Ukraine. Following the annexation of Crimea, Bank Rossiya has expanded its bank branches and provision of insurance throughout Crimea and Sevastopol; and offers support to military activities and the formation of major transport links and cards that allow the public to travel easily around the peninsula. Therefore, Bank Rossiya has supported the consolidation of Crimea into the Russian Federation by integrating the financial system following the annexation of Crimea. SHELOMOV therefore is or has been involved in engaging in, providing support for, or promoting any policy or action which destabilises Ukraine or undermines or threatens the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. SHELOMOV is also associated with Russian insurance firm SOGAZ, a UK- sanctioned entity which carries on business in the Russian financial services sector, which is a sector of strategic significance to the Government of Russia. SHELOMOV owns "Akcept" LLC, which operates in the Russian financial services sector, a sector of strategic significance to the Government of Russia. SHELOMOV is therefore involved in obtaining a benefit from or supporting the Government of Russia. (Gender):Male Listed on: 13/05/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 13/05/2022 Last Updated: 13/05/2022 Group ID: 15383.

12. ZATSEPILINA, Anna Yakovlena
Name (non-Latin script): Анна Яковлевна Зацепилина
POB: Russia a.k.a: ZATSEPLINA, Anna, Yakovlena Nationality: Russia Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS1458 (UK Statement of Reasons):Anna ZATSEPILINA (henceforth ZATSEPILINA) is the grandmother of Alina KABAEVA, the Chair of the Board of Directors at Russia’s National Media Group. ZATSEPILINA is also associated with Gennady TIMCHENKO, from whom she has received property. TIMCHENKO is a major shareholder in Bank Rossiya, and was sanctioned by the United Kingdom on the 22nd February 2022 for his provision of support for policies and actions which have destabilised and undermined or threatened the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. (Gender):Female Listed on: 13/05/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 13/05/2022 Last Updated: 13/05/2022 Group ID: 15389.

and the 10 amended, and 2 corrected (the last 2) individual:

1. DIRKS, Natalia Germanova
Name (non-Latin script): DIRKS ДИРКС Наталья Германова
DOB: 17/09/1961. a.k.a: DIRKS, Natalya Address: Moscow. Position: Member of VTB Bank Management Board Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0848 (UK Statement of Reasons):Natalia DIRKS is a member of VTB Bank’s Management Board. VTB Bank is a Government of Russia-affiliated entity, as it is owned or controlled directly or indirectly by the Government of Russia. As a member of VTB Bank’s Management Board, DIRKS obtains a financial benefit from VTB Bank, therefore DIRKS is an involved person on the basis of his membership of and association with VTB Bank. (Gender):Female Listed on: 15/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 15/03/2022 Last Updated: 09/05/2022 13/05/2022 Group ID: 14799.

2. DOROKHOVA, Nina Viktorovna
Name (non-Latin script): ДОРОХОВА Нина Викторовна
DOB: 20/11/1965. Address: Krzhizhanovskogo Street 13/2, Moscow, 117218. Position: Director of InfoRos Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0788 (UK Statement of Reasons):Nina Viktorovna DOROKHOVA (hereafter DOROKHOVA) is a Director of InfoRos, an organisation affiliated with the Government of Russia which spreads disinformation. In her role as Director of InfoRos DOROKHOVA has provided support for and promoted actions and policies which destabilise Ukraine or undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. (Gender):Female Listed on: 15/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 15/03/2022 Last Updated: 09/05/2022 13/05/2022 Group ID: 14739.

3. ILYASHENKO, Andrey Vitalyevich
Name (non-Latin script): ИЛЬЯШЕНКО Андрей Витальевич
DOB: 19/12/1958. National Identification Number: 771706200945 National Identification Details: Taxpayer ID Address: Krzhizhanovskogo Street 13/2, Moscow, 117218. Position: CEO, General Director, Editor-in-chief of InfoRos Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0791 (UK Statement of Reasons):Andrey Vitalyevich ILYASHENKO (hereafter ILYASHENKO) runs and is a contributor to InfoRos, an organisation affiliated with the Government of Russia which spreads disinformation. In his role as CEO and General Director of InfoRos, and as a contributor, ILYASHENKO has provided support for and promoted actions and policies which destabilise Ukraine or undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. (Gender):Male Listed on: 15/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 15/03/2022 Last Updated: 09/05/2022 13/05/2022 Group ID: 14742.

4. KNYAGININ, Vladimir Nikolayevich
Name (non-Latin script): КНЯГИНИН Владимир Николаевич
DOB: 20/01/1961. POB: Saint Petersburg, Russia a.k.a: (1) KINIAGININ, Vladimir, Nikolaeyevich (2) KNYAGININ, Vladimir, Nikolayevich (3) KNIAGININ, Vladimir, Nikolayevich Nationality: Russia Position: Vice Governor of Saint Petersburg Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0849 (UK Statement of Reasons):Vladimir Nikolayevich KNYAGININ is Vice Governor of Saint Petersburg for the Administration of Saint Petersburg, a public body subordinate to the Government of Russia. As Vice Governor, KNYAGININ is or has been involved in obtaining a benefit from or supporting the Government of Russia as a Director or equivalent of a Government of Russia-affiliated entity. (Gender):Male Listed on: 15/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 15/03/2022 Last Updated: 09/05/2022 13/05/2022 Group ID: 14800.

5. SHUVALOV, Evgeny Igorevich
Name (non-Latin script): ШУВАЛОВ Евгений Игоревич
DOB: 06/05/1993. POB: Russia a.k.a: SHUVALOV, Yevgeny, Igorovich, Zhenya Nationality: Russia Passport Number: 750758221 Address: 4 Hill Street, London, United Kingdom, W1J 5NE. Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0809 (UK Statement of Reasons):Evgeny Igorovich SHUVALOV is the son of Igor Ivanovich SHUVALOV (RUS0265), who has been designated by the UK since 3 March 2022, with whom he is closely associated and from whom he has obtained a financial benefit or other material benefit. Igor Ivanovich SHUVALOV is Chairman of the Management Board at Vnesheconombank (hereafter referred to as VEB.RF). VEB.RF is a state corporation established by the Government of Russia to function as the national development bank, and is owned or controlled directly by the Government of Russia. It is therefore a Government of Russia-affiliated entity. Therefore, as a result of his position as Chairman of the Management Board at VEB.RF, SHUVALOV is working as a director or equivalent at a Government of Russia-affiliated entity, and is obtaining a benefit from or supporting the Government of Russia. (Gender):Male Listed on: 15/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 15/03/2022 Last Updated: 09/05/2022 13/05/2022 Group ID: 14760.

6. SHUVALOVA, Maria Igorevna
Name (non-Latin script): ШУВАЛОВА Мария Игоревна
DOB: 04/08/1998. Nationality: Russia Address: 4 Hill Street, London, United Kingdom, W1J 5NE. Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0810 (UK Statement of Reasons):Maria Igorevna SHUVALOVA is the daughter of Igor Ivanovich SHUVALOV (RUS0265), who has been designated by the UK since 3 March 2022, with whom she is closely associated and from whom she has obtained a financial benefit or other material benefit. Igor Ivanovich SHUVALOV is Chairman of the Management Board at Vnesheconombank (hereafter referred to as VEB.RF). VEB.RF is a state corporation established by the Government of Russia to function as the national development bank, and is owned or controlled directly by the Government of Russia. It is therefore a Government of Russia-affiliated entity. Therefore, as a result of his position as Chairman of the Management Board at VEB.RF, SHUVALOV is working as a director or equivalent at a Government of Russia-affiliated entity, and is obtaining a benefit from or supporting the Government of Russia. (Gender):Female Listed on: 15/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 15/03/2022 Last Updated: 09/05/2022 13/05/2022 Group ID: 14761.

7. VEKSELBERG, Viktor Feliksovich
Name (non-Latin script): ВЕКСЕЛЬБЕРГ Виктор Феликсович
DOB: 1314/04/1957. POB: Drohobych, Ukraine Nationality: Russia Position: Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Renova group of companies Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0867 (UK Statement of Reasons):Viktor VEKSELBERG is the owner and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Renova Group, a conglomerate with interests in aluminium, oil, energy, telecoms and a variety of other sectors of strategic significance to the Government of Russia. By doing so, he is obtaining a benefit from or supporting the Government of Russia by carrying on business in sectors of strategic significance to the Government of Russia. (Phone number):+7(495) 720 49 499 (Gender):Male Listed on: 15/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 15/03/2022 Last Updated: 09/05/2022 13/05/2022 Group ID: 14818.

1. BOLOTOVA, Maiya Nikolaevna
Name (non-Latin script): БОЛОТОВА Майя Николаевна
DOB: 18/01/1975. POB: Karaganda, Kazakhstan a.k.a: (1) BOLOTOVA, Maiya (2) BOLOTOVA, Mayya (3) TOKAREVA, Maiya, Nikolaevna Address: Brusova Str., 19, 5, Moscow, Russia, 125009. Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0814 (UK Statement of Reasons):Maiya Nikolaevna BOLOTOVA is the daughter of Nikolai Petrovich TOKAREV (RUS0271). There are reasonable grounds to suspect that Maiya Nikolaevna BOLOTOVA is associated with Nikolai Petrovich TOKAREV and has obtained a financial benefit or other material benefit from TOKAREV, who has been designated by the UK since 10/03/2022. Nikolai Petrovich TOKAREV is a prominent Russian businessman with significant interests in the extractives and energy industries, as well as a longstanding associate of Vladimir Putin. He is currently President of Transneft – a state enterprise that provides services for oil and oil products transportation within Russia and beyond. Transneft is a Government of Russia-affiliated entity which carries on business in sectors of strategic significance to the Government of Russia. TOKAREV is working as a director (whether executive or non-executive), trustee, or equivalent of Transneft, and is therefore a person who is or has been involved in obtaining a benefit from or supporting the Government of Russia. (Gender):Female Listed on: 15/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 15/03/2022 Last Updated: 09/05/2022 13/05/2022 Group ID: 14765.

2. PIANOV, Dmitrii Vasilyevich
Name (non-Latin script): ПЬЯНОВ Дмитрий Васильевич
DOB: 12/07/1977 07/12/1977. POB: Russia a.k.a: PYANOV, Dmitrii, Vasilyevich Nationality: Russia Address: Moscow. Position: Member of VTB Bank Management Board Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0864 (UK Statement of Reasons):Dmitrii PIANOV is a member of VTB Bank’s Management Board. VTB Bank is a Government of Russia-affiliated entity, as it is owned or controlled directly or indirectly by the Government of Russia. As a member of VTB Bank’s Management Board, PIANOV obtains a financial benefit from VTB Bank, therefore PIANOV is an involved person on the basis of his membership of and association with VTB Bank. (Gender):Male Listed on: 15/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 15/03/2022 Last Updated: 09/05/2022 13/05/2022 Group ID: 14815.

and entity listings:

1. RUSSIAN RAILWAYS
Name (non-Latin script): Российские железные дороги
a.k.a: Russian Railways (RZD) Joint Stock Company Address: Building 1, Novaya Basmannaya Street 2/1, Basmanny Municipal District, Moscow, Russia, 107174. Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS1084 (UK Statement of Reasons):Russian Railways is, or has been, involved in supporting the Government of Russia as an entity that is carrying on business in the transport sector - a sector of strategic importance to the Government of Russia. By enabling the movement of the Russian Army, combat vehicles and weapons towards the Russian borders with Ukraine, Russian railways is, or has been, providing support for action which destabilises Ukraine or undermines or threatens the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. Listed on: 24/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 24/03/2022 Last Updated: 09/05/2022 13/05/2022 Group ID: 15027.

Again, what is the difference between a correction and an amendment? Pianov’s change to the birth date is a correction, but adding the missing digit to the postal code for Russian Railways is an amendment? It’s a nit, I but still…

And FCDO issued a press release about the Russian changes:

Press release

UK sanctions the shady network funding Putin’s lavish lifestyle

Today sanctions hit Putin’s financial network, tightening the vice on the President and his inner circle.From:Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Officeand The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MPPublished13 May 2022

Putin's network sanctioned
  • today sanctions hit Putin’s financial network, including ex-wife and cousins – tightening the vice on the President and his inner circle
  • Putin’s official assets are modest, with his lifestyle funded by a cabal of family, friends and elites
  • the UK has now sanctioned more than 1,000 individuals and 100 entities, including oligarchs worth £117 billion

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is today (Friday 13 May) announcing fresh sanctions on Putin’s ‘wallet’ of family and friends– those whom he rewards with state positions and wealth in return for their undying loyalty.

Official records list modest assets for President Putin including: a small flat in St Petersburg, 2 Soviet-era cars from the 1950s, a trailer, and a small garage.

In reality, Putin relies on his network of family, childhood friends, and selected elite who have benefited from his rule and in turn support his lifestyle. Their reward is influence over the affairs of the Russian state that goes far beyond their formal positions.

Today’s sanctions will hit this cabal who owe Putin their wealth and power, and in turn support Putin and his war machine.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said:

We are exposing and targeting the shady network propping up Putin’s luxury lifestyle and tightening the vice on his inner circle. We will keep going with sanctions on all those aiding and abetting Putin’s aggression until Ukraine prevails.

Putin’s lavish lifestyle has regularly been on display, with reports exposing links to a £566 million yacht and the $1 billion ‘Putin’s Palace’ – officially owned by close associate, Arkady Rotenberg, who was sanctioned in December 2020.

His family members form a core contingent of his inner circle – receiving positions of power due to their affiliation to the regime. The individuals sanctioned today include:

  • Alina Kabaeva, a retired Olympic gymnast. Kabaeva has risen to become Chair of the Board of the National Media Group, reportedly the largest private Russian media company. She is alleged to have a close personal relationship with Putin, and previously sat as a Deputy in the Duma for Putin’s United Russia
  • Anna Zatseplina, grandmother of Alina Kabaeva and associate of Gennady Timchenko – a longstanding Putin associate, sanctioned by the UK on 22 February 2022, from whom she has reportedly received a luxury flat in Moscow
  • Lyudmila Ocheretnaya, former First Lady of the Russian Federation and ex-wife of Putin. Since her divorce from Putin in 2014, Ocheretnaya has benefited from preferential business relationships with state-owned entities
  • Igor Putin, first cousin of President Vladimir Putin, and a Russian businessman. Igor Putin is Director of Pechenga International Sea Port
  • Mikhail Putin, a Russian businessman and relative of President Vladimir Putin. Mikhail Putin is Deputy Chairman of the Management Board of SOGAZ Insurance and Deputy Chairman of the Management Board of Gazprom
  • Roman Putin, first cousin once removed of President Vladimir Putin. Roman Putin is publicly open about his relation to Putin and emphasises how this family connection enabled his company, Putin Consulting, to help foreign investors in Russia
  • Mikhail Shelomov, a Russian business owner and Putin’s first cousin, once removed. Shelomov’s company Akcept LLC has allegedly shared employees with Binom JSC, the firm registered as owning ‘Putin’s Palace’. Shelomov, through his firm Akcept LLC, is also a shareholder in Bank Rossiya, a bank with close Kremlin links, and run by key Putin lieutenants, sanctioned by the UK on 22 February 2022

Putin has also routinely placed his confidants and loyal supporters into strategic positions within the State, expanding his personal reach into all corners of the Russian economy. Those sanctioned today are:

  • Alexander Plekhov, a close friend of Putin. He has benefited from his relationship with Putin and his company Vital Development Corporation has benefited from significant state patronage
  • Mikhail Klishin, an Executive in Bank Rossiya, and a member of the Board of Directors at SOGAZ
  • Vladimir Kolbin, the son of Putin’s childhood friend and alleged business associate, Peter Kolbin. Vladimir has benefited from and supported the Government of Russia acting as General Director of Gelendzhik Seaport LLC
  • Yuri Shamalov, son of Nikolai Shamalov (sanctioned by the UK in 2014), and brother of Putin’s former son-in-law, Kirill (sanctioned by the UK on 24 February 2022). Yuri is a member of the new elite of children of Putin’s closest associates, and has risen rapidly to become President of Gazfond, and Member of the Board of Directors of Gazprombank
  • Viktor Khmarin is a Russian lawyer and businessman, who is a friend and relative-by-marriage of Putin. Khmarin has owned a number of businesses including LLC NefteProduktServis, which operated in the Russian energy sector

Today’s sanctions isolate the family members and financiers deep within Putin’s inner circle, compounding the pressure on Putin as he continues his senseless invasion into Ukraine.

Since the invasion, the UK has sanctioned over 1,000 individuals and 100 entities, including hitting oligarchs with a net global worth of over £117 billion.

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. UK financial sanctions apply to all persons within the territory and territorial sea of the UK and to all UK persons, wherever they are in the world. It also prevents 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 is an excluded person under section 8B of the Immigration Act 1971.

Transport sanctions

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.

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 Notices – Syria, Russia

FCDO Statement

Categories: OFSI Updates Russia sanctions Sanctions Lists Syrian Sanctions

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