According to diplomats, the initiative to introduce such restrictions back in February was put forward by Poland and the Baltic countries. Currently, the EU is already updating data on persons subject to sanctions.
The European Commission is preparing a new legislative document allowing sanctions to be applied to family members of well-known Russian entrepreneurs. On March 16, three European diplomats told Politico about this.
According to them, criteria are being developed for a list of relatives of the oligarchs of the aggressor country. EU member states informed about this on 15 March. Sanctions were proposed back in February by Poland and the Baltic states. Then the European Commission promised the Polish government to consider the proposal in exchange for signing the 10th package of sanctions, a restriction on the trade in synthetic rubber in which the Poles considered insufficiently broad.
Diplomats said specific criteria and timeframes were unknown.
Politico reports that the announcement of the Commission to 27 member countries was made after the incident with the mother of Yevgeny Prigozhin, commander of the Wagner PMC. The High Court, despite the EU Council’s arguments about business ties between relatives, found the visa ban and asset freeze on the basis of a common family illegal.
According to media reports, on March 15, the Rada updated records of hundreds of people out of 1,500 subject to sanctions. Journalists call this an obvious attempt by the EU to increase sanctions against Prigozhina and others.
Recall, also on March 16, foreign media reported that the FSB has been hiding the third daughter of Russian President Vladimir Putin for more than a year. Journalists found out that 19-year-old Luiza Rozova has not appeared in social networks and in public for a year.
Already today, March 17, journalists also reported a change in the preferences of Russians regarding recreation. Demand for tourist trips to the Crimea has decreased, but all rooms for the summer are sold out in several hotels in Dagestan.
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