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April
2022

Canada imposes sanctions on Russian president Putin’s daughters

Canada on Tuesday brought Russian President Vladimir Putin’s two grownup daughters to its sanctions list, following comparable moves through allies, in response to Moscow’s struggle in Ukraine.

Those introduced to the listing — which includes the spouse and daughter of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and 10 other “near buddies of the Russian regime” — face asset seizures and journey bans.

Britain, the European Union, and the United States have already sanctioned Putin’s two daughters: Maria Vorontsova and Katerina Tikhonova, born in 1985 and 1986 respectively.

Their mother is the Russian leader’s ex-wife Lyudmila, whose divorce from Putin was announced in 2013.

The Kremlin has kept details of Putin’s daughters’ lives a closely guarded secret.

According to the US Treasury Department, Vorontsova conducts genetic research that has been supported by billions of dollars in Russian state funding, and Tikhonova is a tech executive in Russia’s defense sector.

“We will continue to impose severe costs on the Russian regime in coordination with our allies and will relentlessly pursue accountability for their actions,” Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said in a statement.

“They will answer for their crimes.”

Canada has sanctioned more than 750 people and entities from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine due to the fact Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

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