MOSCOW - US President Barack Obama on Thursday announced sanctions against 20 Russian lawmakers and senior government officials, amid the worst crisis between Moscow and the West in years.
The US move freezes assets within American jurisdiction and bars US firms from conducting business with those concerned.
Those targeted are:
Political and military officials
- Sergei Ivanov, chief of staff to President Vladimir Putin and one of his closest advisers. He is a former defence minister who -- like Putin -- served in the KGB.
- Sergei Naryshkin, chairman of the Duma lower house of parliament, and a member of Putin's United Russia party.
- Andrei Fursenko, aide to Putin.
- Alexei Gromov, first deputy chief of staff to the president.
- Vladimir Yakunin, chairman of Russia's state-owned railway and a close confidant of Putin.
- Igor Sergun, head of Russia's military intelligence service.
Oligarchs and bankers
- Gennady Timchenko co-founded Gunvor, one of the world's largest independent oil and energy trading companies. Forbes puts his personal fortune at $15.3 billion.
- Arkady Rotenberg and Boris Rotenberg, billionaire brothers with business interests in banking, construction, shipping, gas and oil whose close ties to the Kremlin have reportedly seen them handed government contracts without a bidding process.
- Yuri Kovalchuk, chairman of Bank Rossiya -- which is also covered by the latest sanctions -- is a member of Putin's inner circle. Washington sees him as "personal banker" to senior Russian officials including the president.
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