The first round of US sanctions against Russia technically came last
week in the form of a travel ban against people on a certain list,
though since the list didn’t exist and no one was on it, today’s sanctions are the first practical ones.
Today’s move involves seizing the assets of seven Russians,
who Obama accused of “undermining” Ukrainian sovereignty. In reality,
the seven are middling political officials and in some cases had
literally no ties to the Ukraine situation.
Of the seven, the only one likely familiar to anyone who is not
deeply studious of the Russian political situation is Dmitry Rogozin,
the former Russian Ambassador to NATO. Rogozin is now a Deputy Prime
The other targets include two advisors to President Putin, Vladislav
Surkov and Sergey Glazyev, Russian Upper Parliament head Valentina
Matviyenko, MP Leonid Slutsky, who chairs the committee on Russian
relations with ethnic Russians overseas, constitutional law professor
Andrey Klishas, and MP Yelina Mizulina.
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