386 members of the Russian Duma, the lower house of Russian parliament, have had their British assets made inaccessible and will not be able to tra
386 members of the Russian Duma, the lower house of Russian parliament, have had their British assets made inaccessible and will not be able to travel to the country following a new wave of sanctions.
These members are those who voted for the independence of Luhansk and Donetsk regions – a move which was widely received as a pretext for Russia’s invasion.
Recognising the independence of the regions justified Russia’s movement of troops into the area just days before the invasion began.
Liz Truss said the members are being targeted for their support of the “barbaric” invasion.
She added: “We mean what we say. With our allies and partners, we will cripple the Russian economy and cut off Putin’s war machine.”
Since the invasion began, the UK has sanctioned more than 500 of Russia’s most significant and high-value individuals, entities and subsidiaries. After today’s announcement, that figure has climbed to over 800 on the UK’s sanction list.
This includes asset freezes on 18 of Russia’s leading oligarchs, with a combined worth in excess of £30billion.
Liz Truss added that the government “will continue to tighten the screw on the Russian economy through sanctions.
“Together with our allies, we stand firmly beside our Ukrainian friends. We will continue to support Ukraine with humanitarian aid, defensive weapons and diplomatic work to isolate Russia internationally.”