London follows the example of the United States and the European Union (EU) and targets Katerina Tikhonova and Maria Vorontsova, Vladimir Putin’s daughters and his first wife, Lyudmila.
They are no longer allowed to enter British territory, and any assets they hold in the kingdom are to be blocked.
London is also sanctioning Ekaterina Vinokurova, Sergei Lavrov’s daughter, after it has already sanctioned the daughter of his alleged mistress, Polina Kovaleva.
The sanctions already imposed on Russia are set to provoke an unprecedented crisis since the fall of the USSR, said British Foreign Minister Liz Truss, who said new sanctions were needed.
“Through the G7, we are working with our partners to put an end to Russian energy consumption and thus undermine Putin’s ability to finance his illegal and unjustified invasion of Ukraine,” Truss said in a statement.
London, which has said it wants to end all purchases of Russian oil and coal, and later Russian natural gas, calls for the European Union (EU) to reduce its dependence on Russian hydrocarbons.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to address German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Friday in Downing Street.
According to the Kremlin’s website, Maria was born in 1985 before the Putin family moved to Dresden, East Germany, where Vladimir Putin was sent as a KGB agent.
Katerina was born the following year in this German city.
Vladimir Putin has revealed in a few rare statements over the years that his daughters have received a higher education in Russia, speak several European languages and live in Russia.
In addition to this information, the Kremlin has kept the life of Vladimir Putin’s family out of the public sphere.
According to Russian publications, Maria Vorontsova is an endocrinologist and works at a large medical research company that focuses on cancer treatments and has links with the Russian state.
The Russian press writes that Katerina Tikhonova is a mathematician who runs a scientific and technological foundation affiliated with the main state university in Russia.
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