UK meets Russian media moguls and ‘Butchers of Mariupol’ in latest sanctions – POLITICO

LONDON – Britain has sanctioned leaders from a variety of Russian media outlets, as well as a Russian colonel accused of shooting at civilians in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol.

British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office announced 14 new sanctions on Thursday, including against Sergey Brilev, a newsreader for the Russian state broadcaster Rossiya. Brilev is barred from accessing his assets in the UK, entering the UK or doing business with UK companies or citizens.

The same bans apply to Aleksandr Zharov, CEO of Gazprom-Media, which owns the NTV television channel; Alexey Nikolov, Managing Director of RT; and Anton Anisimov, editor-in-chief of the Russian state news agency Sputnik International Broadcasting.

Svetlana Zamelova, editor-in-chief of the Journal Kamerton news agency, and six other people linked to the Strategic Culture Foundation, an online journal registered in Russia, have also been sanctioned after being included on Australia’s own sanctions list against Moscow.

The new package aims to combat the Kremlin’s “tide of lies” about the invasion of Ukraine, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has said.

“This latest set of sanctions hits the shameless propagandists who spread Putin’s fake news and narratives,” she said.

In addition to the media figures, London will also sanction General Mikhail Mizintsev, who serves as chief of Russia’s National Defense Command and Control Center and is responsible for planning and overseeing all Russian military operations.

Dubbed the “Butcher of Mariupol” in media reports, he was accused of ordering the bombing of a children’s hospital on March 9 and a theater where civilians were taking shelter on March 16, following the ongoing siege of Mariupol. UK meets Russian media moguls and 'Butchers of Mariupol' in latest sanctions - POLITICO

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