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The Russians on the latest EU and US blacklists over Ukraine

Published on Apr 29, 2014 9:33 PM

MOSCOW (AFP) - The United States and European Union fired off a new round of sanctions this week against Russian firms and individuals seen as key players in the Ukraine crisis.

The European Union said Tuesday it had added 16 people to its blacklist, taking the total to 48, some of whom have also been targeted by the United States.

While the sanctions do not directly impact President Vladimir Putin, some of the blacklisted officials, such as Igor Sechin, who was targeted by the United States Monday, are seen as members of Putin's inner circle and instrumental to his regime.

Igor Sechin (US sanctions list): one of Putin's most conservative lieutenants and his right-hand man on energy issues. He served as deputy head of Putin's presidential staff between 1999 and 2008 and as deputy prime minister during Putin's premiership between 2008 and 2012. He is currently the president of state oil company Rosneft.

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