The United States Department of Treasury has published an expanded list of sanctions against individuals and companies connected to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The list includes 21 citizens of Russia or Ukraine and 12 companies.
The personal sanctions include both Russian officials and many “officials” from the self-proclaimed “Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.”
Among the sanctioned individuals are:
1. Andrei Cherezov, Russia’s deputy Minister of Energy
2. Yevgeny Grabchak, director of Russia’s Department of Operative Electricity Control and Management
3. Vladimir Pavlenko, “State Security Minister” of the “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DPR) and former “people’s mayor” of the city of Slovyansk
4. Natalya Nikonorova, head of the “Ministry of Foreign Affairs” of the DPR
5. Aleksandr Tymofeev, “Minister of Profits and Taxes” of the DPR
6. Igor Antipov, acting “Minister of Information” of the DPR
7. Aleksei Granovsky, “Minister of Energy Industry” of the DPR
8. Elena Kostenko, head of the “Ministry of Economic Development and Trade” of the “Luhansk People’s Republic” (LPR)
9. Svitlana Malakhova, “Minister of Labour” of the LPR
10. Yekaterina Matyushchenko, “Minister of Finance” of the DPR
11. Aleksandr Melnichuk, “deputy Minister of Energy Industry” of the LPR
12. Vladimir Pashkov, a curator of DPR and LPR enterprises
13. Elena Radomskaya, “Minister of Justice” of the DPR
14. Pavel Malgin, acting “Minister of Fuel, Energy, and the Coal Industry” of the LPR
The list also includes the Russia-appointed “Government of Sevastopol,” Dmitry Ovsyannikov.
Among the 21 companies now under U.S. government sanctions is Vneshtorgservis, a corporation based in South Ossetia, a separatist region of Georgia. The company is owned by Vladimir Pashkov, the former governor of Russia’s Irkutsk region. Vneshtorgservis runs factories and enterprises on the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine that were supposedly “nationalized” by the Russia-led separatists. Because self-proclaimed South Ossetia (recognized by Russia) recognizes the DPR and LPR, Russia uses Vneshtorgservis to “legalize” its trade with the two self-proclaimed republics.
The Treasury Department included Evro Polis, a company close to Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, in the list. Prigozhin is believed to finance the St. Petersburg’s Internet Research Agency — popularly known as the “Russian Troll Factory” — which used social media and payments to American activists in a clandestine effort to influence the U.S. Presidential Election in 2016.
DONCOALTRADE, a company connected to LPR “deputy energy minister” Alexander Melnichuk, was also included in the list. The Russian companies Tekhnopromeksport (part of the state-owned Rostekh technology company) and Silovy Mashiny met the same fate. Both are connected to illegal delivery of Siemens turbines to Crimea.
/By Matthew Kupfer