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Russia's Eleven: Who Are the Officials the U.S. Has Sanctioned? [View all]

Russia's Eleven: Who Are the Officials the U.S. Has Sanctioned?

By Jeff Black


Valentina Matviyenko, Speaker of Russian Upper House of Parliament

Matviyenko, 64, is the chairwoman of the Federation Council, Russia's upper house of parliament.

Named one of Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women as far back as 2008 and known for her flaming red hair and outrageous clothes — including a natty zebra-striped suit she's worn to public events — she is a close friend and top ideological aide to Putin.


Dmitry Rogozin, Deputy Prime Minister of Russian Federation

Rogozin, 50, the overseer of Russia’s powerful defense industry, is deputy prime minister of the Russian Federation, the central government. He has clashed with the United States on on arms deliveries to various countries including Syria, Iran and Libya.


Vladislav Surkov, Aide to Russian President Putin

Surkov, 49, is a former Soviet artillery soldier and public relations executive widely seen as Putin’s main propagandist and ideologue, according to a Moscow Times profile. He is considered the mastermind behind the concept of “sovereign democracy,” a phrase to describe modern Russia politics that some critics have called meaningless.

Sergey Glazyev, Adviser to Putin

Glazyev, 53, the Kremlin’s top economic adviser, also advises Putin on Ukraine. He was quoted by Radio Free Europe as saying Russia could reduce its economic dependency on the United States “to zero” if sanctions were imposed. He also said Moscow might be forced to drop the dollar as a reserve currency and refuse to pay off loans to U.S. banks.


Andrei Klishas, Member of Russian Parliament

A member of the Federation Council, Klishas, 41, authored a bill that would allow Moscow to seize assets of Western companies and individuals in the event sanctions were imposed, CNBC reported.

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FACT SHEET: Ukraine-Related Sanctions (updated)

EU statement on Crimea

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