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President Zelenskyi Extends Sanctions Against Russian Media and Journalists

June 24 – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi signed a decree enacting the decision of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of June 18, which extends personal and economic sanctions against 312 individuals and 103 legal entities. Corresponding document No. 265/2021 was published on the president’s website on the same day. The list of sanctioned persons includes director general of Russian First Channel Konstantin Ernst, editor-in-chief of Russia Today TV channel Margarita Simonyan, as well as a number of other Russian journalists and political figures who support the annexation of Crimea and occupation of eastern Ukraine. The list of sanctioned companies includes First Channel, World Network, RTR-Planeta, Russia-24, and NTV. The sanctions were imposed for three years and include blocking assets, terminating visas, preventing capital flight from Ukraine, and restricting the transit of resources, flights, and other forms of transportation on Ukrainian territory.

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