UK says new sanctions hit Putin’s network, including ex-wife and cousins

Britain said on Friday it had imposed its latest round of sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, targeting Russian President Vladimir Putin’s financial network, including his ex-wife and cousins.

“We are exposing and targeting the shadow web that underpins Putin’s luxury lifestyle and hardens vice in his inner circle,” Foreign Minister Liz Truss said in a statement.

“We will continue to sanction all those who aid and abet Putin’s aggression until Ukraine prevails.”

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Britain, along with its Western allies, has imposed sanctions on hundreds of wealthy Russian individuals as well as strategically important industrial and financial companies in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Among the 12 new names added to the British sanctions list are Putin’s ex-wife, Lyudmila Ocheretnaya, and several of her relatives who hold executive positions at major Russian companies such as Gazprom. They face asset freezes and travel bans.

The government said those sanctioned supported Putin in exchange for wealth, high-profile jobs and influence over Russian affairs.

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