Australia imposes sanctions on 147 Russian individuals

Australia imposes sanctions on 147 Russian individuals

The Australian government has imposed sanctions against 147 Russian individuals over the situation in Ukraine, the Australian Department of Home Affairs said in a letter distributed on Friday.

Australia’s individual sanctions target 144 members of the Federation Council (upper house) of the Russian Federal Assembly, as well as Maria Vorontsova and Katerina Tikhonova, who the document claims are the "daughters of Russian President" Vladimir Putin, and Ekaterina Vinokurova, mentioned in the document as a "daughter of Russian Foreign Minister" Sergey Lavrov, the department said in a report.

Australia "will continue to increase costs on Russia…, targeting those who bear responsibility for Russia’s … aggression in Ukraine or hold levers of influence in the country," Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne said, adding that the total number of sanctioned Russians was already close to 750.

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