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U.S. announces new sanctions targeting Russian elites

U.S. President Joe Biden walks out from the South Portico of the White House in Washington D.C. Jan. 21, 2022. (Photo by Ting Shen/Xinhua)

Aimed at further limiting the Russian military's ability to obtain technologies and other items needed for sustaining its military operation, the Department of Commerce will add 71 Russia- and Belarus-based entities to the Entity List, "effectively cutting them off from obtaining U.S.-origin items or foreign-made products derived from certain U.S. technology or software."

WASHINGTON, June 2 (Xinhua) -- The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday announced a new round of sanctions targeting Russian political and business elites, in an effort to further punish Russia for its military operation in Ukraine.

According to a fact sheet from the White House, the Department of the Treasury will impose sanctions on Sergei Roldugin and his family members. Roldugin, the White House said, is a close associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin and a money manager of Putin's offshore wealth.

Also on the sanctions list are the CEO of Imperial Yachts, which the White House said provides services to Putin's inner circle, and the head of the United Aircraft Corporation, a Russian state-owned company that supports the country's defense industry.

Additionally, the Department of State will sanction a number of Russian individuals, including Maria Zakharova, the spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, and oligarchs God Nisanov and Alexey Mordashov. Mordashov, whose family members and companies are also being sanctioned, has ties to one of Russia's leading domestic steel producers, the White House said.

Aimed at further limiting the Russian military's ability to obtain technologies and other items needed for sustaining its military operation, the Department of Commerce will add 71 Russia- and Belarus-based entities to the Entity List, "effectively cutting them off from obtaining U.S.-origin items or foreign-made products derived from certain U.S. technology or software," the fact sheet said.

"So far, the United States has added 1,000 parties to Treasury's Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List and over 300 parties have been added to Commerce's Entity List," read the fact sheet. ■