UK SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIAN MEDIA ACTIVITIES AND PERSONALITIES

1. General information

UK sanctions regimes - Information on UK sanctions regimes currently in force

UK sanctions relating to Russia (from UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office)

The UK sanctions List  

2. Media companies sanctioned

Financial Sanctions Notice 04/05/2022

1. ALL-RUSSIA STATE TELEVISION AND RADIO BROADCASTING COMPANY (VGTRK) Name (non-Latin script): Всероссийская государственная телевизионная и радиовещательная компания (ВГТРК) Address: 5-Ya Yamskogo Polya Ulitsa, 19-21, Moscow, Russia, 125124. Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS1418 (UK Statement of Reasons):The AllRussian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK) is a Russian unitary state enterprise and broadcaster of federal and regional television and radio. As a wholly state-owned entity, VGTRK is involved in obtaining a benefit from or supporting the Government of Russia by carrying on business as a Government of Russia-affiliated entity. Listed on: 04/05/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 04/05/2022 Last Updated: 04/05/2022 Group ID: 15341.

11.INFOROS Address: Krzhizhanovskogo Street 13/2, Moscow, Russia. Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): RUS1382 (UK Statement of Reasons):InfoRos is an online news agency which spreads disinformation. It has provided support for and promoted actions and policies which destabilise Ukraine or undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. (Phone number): (+) 7 495 718 84 11 (Website): http://inforos.ru (Type of entity):Media organisation (Business Reg No):(1) Taxpayer ID: 7727214569 (2) OGRN 1037739468084 Listed on: 04/05/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 04/05/2022 Last Updated: 04/05/2022 Group ID: 15339.

27.STRATEGIC CULTURE FOUNDATION Name (non-Latin script): Фонд стратегической культуры Address: 50/1 building 1, Bolshaya Polyanka St, Moscow, Russia, 119180. Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): RUS1381 (UK Statement of Reasons): Strategic Culture Foundation is an online media organisation which spreads disinformation. It has provided support for and promoted actions and policies which destabilise Ukraine or undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. (Website):(1) http://www.fondsk.ru/ (2) https://www.strategic-culture.org/ (Email address): info@fondsk.ru (Type of entity): Media organisation registered with Russia’s media regulator (Business Reg No): (1) Taxpayer ID: 7706569306 (2) OGRN 1057746290469 Listed on: 04/05/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 04/05/2022 Last Updated: 04/05/2022 Group ID: 15338.

31. TSARGRAD OOO a.k.a: Tsargrad Address: B-r Novinskiy d. 31, office 5-01, Moscow, Russia, 123242. Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS1406 Organization Established Date 17 Mar 2015 (UK Statement of Reasons):Designated for the purposes of an asset freeze under the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. The designation is made as a designation by name under the urgent procedure. The relevant provision by reference to which the Minister considers that condition B is met is Executive Order 14024. The purposes of this provision correspond or are similar to the purposes of the UK’s Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, which have as their purposes to encourage Russia to cease actions destabilising Ukraine or undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. The Minister considers that it is in the public interest to designate (condition C). (Business Reg No): 1157746244017 (Russia). Tax ID No. 7703226533 (Russia) Listed on: 04/05/2022 UK 24 Sanctio

32.ZVEZDA PJSC Name (non-Latin script): ЗВЕЗДА Address: 123 Babushkina st., St. Petersburg, Russia, 192012.Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): RUS1439 (UK Statement of Reasons): Designated for the purposes of an asset freeze under the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. The designation is made as a designation by name under the urgent procedure. The relevant provision by reference to which the Minister considers that condition B is met is the European Union’s Council Decision 2014/145/CFSP (as amended) concerning restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, and Council Regulation (EU) No 269/2014. The purposes of this provision correspond or are similar to the purposes of the UK’s Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, which have as their purposes to encourage Russia to cease actions destabilising Ukraine or undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. The Minister considers that it is in the public interest to designate (condition C). Listed on: 04/05/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 04/05/2022 Last Updated: 04/05/2022 Group ID:

Financial Sanctions Notice 31/03/2022

Entities 1. ROSSIYA SEGODNYA Address: 4 Zubovsky Boulevard, Moscow, Russia, 119021. Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): RUS1103 Internet Services Sanctions: When an individual or entity is designated for the purposes of this measure, social media services, internet access services and application stores must take reasonable steps to prevent users in the UK from accessing content, sites or applications provided by designated individuals or entities. (UK Statement of Reasons): Rossiya Segodnya is an involved person within the meaning of regulation 6. Rossiya Segodnya is a major Russian media organisation established by and receiving financial backing from the Russian state. It is obtaining a benefit from or supporting the Government of Russia by carrying on business as a Government of Russia-affiliated entity and carrying on business in a strategically significant sector to the Government of Russia, namely information, communications and digital technologies. Rossiya Segodnya is a major Russian media organisation established by and receiving financial backing from the Russian state. It is obtaining a benefit from or supporting the Government of Russia by carrying on business as a Government of Russia-affiliated entity and carrying on business in a strategically significant sector to the Government of Russia, namely information, communications and digital technologies. (Phone number): +7 (495) 645 6601 (Website):https://rossiyasegodnya.com (Type of entity):Broadcasting and online media platform (Business Reg No):5137746242937 Listed on: 31/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 31/03/2022 Last Updated: 31/03/2022 04/05/2022 Group ID: 15064.

 

2. TV-NOVOSTI Address: Building 1, 3 Borovaya Street, Moscow, Russia, 1111020. Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): RUS1102 Internet Services Sanctions: When an individual or entity is designated for the purposes of this measure, social media services, internet 25 access services and application stores must take reasonable steps to prevent users in the UK from accessing content, sites or applications provided by designated individuals or entities. (UK Statement of Reasons): TV-Novosti is an involved person within the meaning of regulation 6. As a major Russian media organisation which receives significant financial funding from the Government of Russia, it is or has been involved in obtaining a benefit from or supporting the Government of Russia by carrying on business as a Government of Russia-affiliated entity and carrying on business in a strategically significant sector to the Government of Russia, namely information, communications and digital technologies. As a major Russian media organisation which receives significant financial funding from the Government of Russia, TV Novosti is or has been involved in obtaining a benefit from or supporting the Government of Russia by carrying on business as a Government of Russia-affiliated entity and carrying on business in a strategically significant sector to the Government of Russia, namely information, communications and digital technologies. (Phone number):+7 (499) 750 0075 (Type of entity):Broadcasting and online media platform (Business Reg No):105774659367 Listed on: 31/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 31/03/2022 Last Updated: 31/03/2022 04/05/2022 Group ID: 15063.

Financial Sanctions Notice 15/03/2022

INTERNET RESEARCH AGENCY Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0706 (UK Statement of Reasons):Designated for the purposes of an asset freeze under the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. The designation is made as a designation by name under the urgent procedure. The relevant provision by reference to which the Minister considers that condition B is met is the European Union’s Council Decision 2014/145/CFSP (as amended) concerning restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, and Council Regulation (EU) No 269/2014. The purposes of this provision correspond or are similar to the purposes of the UK’s Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, which have as their purposes to encourage Russia to cease actions destabilising Ukraine or undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. The Minister considers that it is in the public interest to designate (condition C). Listed on: 15/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 15/03/2022 Last Updated: 15/03/2022 Group ID: 14657.

NEW EASTERN OUTLOOK Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0818 (UK Statement of Reasons):Designated for the purposes of an asset freeze under the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. The designation is made as a designation by name under the urgent procedure. The relevant provision by reference to which the Minister considers that condition B is met is Executive Order 14024. The purposes of this provision correspond or are similar to the purposes of the UK’s Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, which have as their purposes to encourage Russia to cease actions destabilising Ukraine or undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. The Minister considers that it is in the public interest to designate (condition C). Listed on: 15/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 15/03/2022 Last Updated: 15/03/2022 Group ID: 14769. 5. ORIENTAL REVIEW Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0819 (UK Statement of Reasons):Designated for the purposes of an asset freeze under the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. The designation is made as a designation by name under the urgent procedure. The relevant provision by reference to which the Minister considers that condition B is met is Executive Order 14024. The purposes of this provision correspond or are similar to the purposes of the UK’s Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, which have as their purposes to encourage Russia to cease actions destabilising Ukraine or undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. The Minister considers that it is in the public interest to designate (condition C). Listed on: 15/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 15/03/2022 Last Updated: 15/03/2022 Group ID: 14770.

3. Media personalities sanctioned (assets freeze)

An asset freeze prevents any UK citizen, or any business in the UK, from dealing with any funds or economic resources which are owned, held or controlled by the designated person and which are held in the UK. It will also prevent funds or economic resources being provided to or for the benefit of the designated person.

Financial Sanctions Notice 13/05/2022

KABAEVA, Alina Maratovna Name (non-Latin script): Әлинә Марат кызы Кабаева DOB: 12/05/1983. POB: Tashkent, Uzbekhistan a.k.a: KABAYEVA, Alina, Maratovna Position: Chair of the Board of Directors of National Media Group Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS1462 (UK Statement of Reasons): Alina KABAEVA is the Chair of the Board of Directors at Russia's National Media Group, which actively promotes Russian propaganda regarding the invasion of Ukraine. Accordingly, KABAEVA is involved in destabilising Ukraine as she herself or through her association with NMG is responsible for, engages in, provides support for, or promotes any policy or action which destabilises Ukraine or undermines or threatens the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. (Gender):Female Listed on: 13/05/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 13/05/2022 Last Updated: 13/05/2022 Group ID: 15391.

ILYASHENKO, Andrey Vitalyevich Name (non-Latin script): ИЛЬЯШЕНКО Андрей Витальевич DOB: 19/12/1958. National Identification Number: 771706200945 National Identification Details: Taxpayer ID Address: Krzhizhanovskogo Street 13/2, Moscow, 117218. Position: CEO, General Director, Editor-in-chief of InfoRos Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0791 (UK Statement of Reasons):Andrey Vitalyevich ILYASHENKO (hereafter ILYASHENKO) runs and is a contributor to InfoRos, an organisation affiliated with the Government of Russia which spreads disinformation. In his role as CEO and General Director of InfoRos, and as a contributor, ILYASHENKO has provided support for and promoted actions and policies which destabilise Ukraine or undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. (Gender):Male Listed on: 15/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 15/03/2022 Last Updated: 09/05/2022 13/05/2022 Group ID: 14742.

Financial Sanctions Notice 04/05/2022

ASKER-ZADE, Nailya Vagif Gizi Name (non-Latin script): Наиля Аскер-заде DOB: 13/12/1987. POB: Baku, Azerbaijan Nationality: (1) Russia (2) Azerbaijan Address: Moscow, Russia. Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS1376 (UK Statement of Reasons):Nailya ASKER-ZADE is a television journalist and interviewer at the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK) and widely understood to be in a long-term relationship with Andrei Kostin, Chairman of VTB Bank. As such, she is associated with two entities (VGTRK and Kostin), both of which is or has been involved in obtaining a benefit from or supporting the Government of Russia by carrying on business as a Government of Russia-affiliated entity. (Gender): Female Listed on: 04/05/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 04/05/2022 Last Updated: 04/05/2022 Group ID: 15333.

DOBRODEEV, Oleg Borisovich Name (non-Latin script): Олег Борисович ДОБРОДЕЕВ DOB: 28/10/1959. Nationality: Russia Position: Director General of the All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK) Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS1385 (UK Statement of Reasons):Designated for the purposes of an asset freeze and a travel ban under the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. The designation is made as a designation by name under the urgent procedure. The relevant provision by reference to which the Minister considers that condition B is met is the European Union’s Council Decision 2014/145/CFSP (as amended) concerning restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, and Council Regulation (EU) No 269/2014. The purposes of this provision correspond or are similar to the purposes of the UK’s Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, which have as their purposes to encourage Russia to cease actions destabilising Ukraine or undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. The Minister considers that it is in the public interest to designate (condition C). (Gender):Male Listed on: 04/05/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 04/05/2022 Last Updated: 04/05/2022 Group ID: 15318

GUSEV, Pavel Nikolayevitch Name (non-Latin script): Павел Николаевич ГУСЕВ DOB: 04/04/1949. Nationality: Russia Position: Editor and owner of “Moskovskiy Komsomolets” Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS1386 (UK Statement of Reasons):Designated for the purposes of an asset freeze and a travel ban under the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. The designation is made as a designation by name under the urgent procedure. The relevant provision by reference to which the Minister considers that condition B is met is the European Union’s Council Decision 2014/145/CFSP (as amended) concerning restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, and Council Regulation (EU) No 269/2014. The purposes of this provision 6 correspond or are similar to the purposes of the UK’s Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, which have as their purposes to encourage Russia to cease actions destabilising Ukraine or undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. The Minister considers that it is in the public interest to designate (condition C). (Gender): Male Listed on: 04/05/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 04/05/2022 Last Updated: 04/05/2022 Group ID: 15319.

KOTS, Alexander Igorevich Name (non-Latin script): Александр Игоревич Коц DOB: 03/09/1978. POB: Sakhalin Oblast, Russia Nationality: Russia Position: Journalist Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): RUS1377 (UK Statement of Reasons): Alexander Igorevich KOTS (hereafter KOTS) is a Russian journalist and special correspondent for Komsomolskaya Pravda (KP). Through his reporting with KP since Russia invaded Ukraine, KOTS has promoted and supported the actions of the Russian army in invading Ukraine, and has actively sought to legitimise the justifications that the Russian government has provided for the invasion. Therefore, KOTS is involved in engaging in, providing support for, and promoting the policies and actions which destabilises Ukraine and undermines or threatens the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. (Gender): Male Listed on: 04/05/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 04/05/2022 Last Updated: 04/05/2022 Group ID: 15334.

LEONTYEV, Mikhail Vladimirovich Name (non-Latin script): Михаил Владимирович Леонтьев DOB: 12/10/1958. POB: Moscow, Russia Nationality: Russia Position: Presenter on Channel One Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS1374 (UK Statement of Reasons):Mikhail LEONTYEV (henceforth LEONTYEV) is the presenter of the Odnaki television show on Channel One, a television channel controlled by the Government of Russia. In this role, LEONTYEV has supported and promoted policies which have destabilised, and undermined the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. (Gender):Male Listed on: 04/05/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 04/05/2022 Last Updated: 04/05/2022 Group ID: 15331.

MALKEVICH, Alexander Alexandrovich Name (non-Latin script): Александр Александрович МАЛЬКЕВИЧ DOB: 14/07/1975. Nationality: Russia Passport Number: 717637093 National Identification Number: 781005202108 Position: (1) First Deputy Chairman of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Information Community (2) General Director of the Saint Petersburg TV channel Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS1388 (UK Statement of Reasons):Designated for the purposes of an asset freeze and a travel ban under the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. The designation is made as a designation by name under the urgent procedure. The relevant provision by reference to which the Minister considers that condition B is met is the European Union’s Council Decision 2014/145/CFSP (as amended) concerning restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, and Council Regulation (EU) No 269/2014. The purposes of this provision correspond or are similar to the purposes of the UK’s Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, which have as their purposes to encourage Russia to cease actions destabilising Ukraine or undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. The Minister considers that it is in the public interest to designate (condition C). (Gender): Male Listed on: 04/05/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 04/05/2022 Last Updated: 04/05/2022 Group ID: 15321.

MCDONALD, Brian POB: Kilkenny, Republic of Ireland a.k.a: MACDONALD, Bryan Nationality: Republic of Ireland Position: Journalist Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS1378 (UK Statement of Reasons):Brian MCDONALD is head of Russia Desk for the English language edition of RT (formerly Russia Today). RT is owned or controlled by ANO TVNOVOSTI, which is or has been involved in obtaining a benefit from or supporting the Government of Russia by carrying on business as a Government of Russia-affiliated entity and carrying on business in a strategically significant sector to the Government of Russia. ANO TV-NOVOSTI was designated by the United Kingdom on 31 March 2022. Therefore, as an employee of RT, MCDONALD is a member of, or associated with, a person involved in destabilising Ukraine or undermining or threatening the 9 territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine, or obtaining a benefit from or supporting the Government of Russia. (Gender):Male Listed on: 04/05/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 04/05/2022 Last Updated: 04/05/2022 Group ID: 15335.

MIKHAILOV, Sergey Vladimirovich DOB: 17/03/1971. a.k.a: MIKHAILOV, Sergei (non-Latin script: Сергей МИХАЙЛОВ) Nationality: Russia Position: Director General of the Russian News Agency TASS Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS1387 (UK Statement of Reasons):Designated for the purposes of an asset freeze and a travel ban under the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. The designation is made as a designation by name under the urgent procedure. The relevant provision by reference to which the Minister considers that condition B is met is the European Union’s Council Decision 2014/145/CFSP (as amended) concerning restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, and Council Regulation (EU) No 269/2014. The purposes of this provision correspond or are similar to the purposes of the UK’s Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, which have as their purposes to encourage Russia to cease actions destabilising Ukraine or undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. The Minister considers that it is in the public interest to designate (condition C). (Gender):Male Listed on: 04/05/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 04/05/2022 Last Updated: 04/05/2022 Group ID: 15320.

PODDUBNY, Evgeny Name (non-Latin script): Евгений Поддубный DOB: 22/08/1983. POB: Belgorod, Russia Nationality: Russia Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS1379 (UK Statement of Reasons):Evgeny PODDUBNY is a war correspondent at All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company. Through his dissemination of Kremlin propaganda, PODDUBNY has provided support for and promoted Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. PODDUBNY is therefore an involved person who provides support for or promotes policies or actions which destabilise Ukraine or undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. (Gender):Male Listed on: 04/05/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 04/05/2022 Last Updated: 04/05/2022 Group ID: 15336.

STESHIN, Dmitry Anatolyevich Name (non-Latin script): дмитрий Анатольевич СТЕШИН DOB: 12/09/1972. POB: St. Petersburg (then Leningrad), Russia Nationality: Russia Position: Journalist and editor Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS1419 (UK Statement of Reasons):Dmitry Anatolyevich STESHIN (hereafter STESHIN) is a Russian journalist and special correspondent for Komsomolskaya Pravda (KP). Through his reporting with KP since Russia invaded Ukraine, STESHIN has promoted and supported the actions of the Russian army in invading Ukraine, and has actively sought to legitimise the justifications that the Russian government has provided for the invasion. Therefore, STESHIN is involved in engaging in, providing support for, and promoting the policies and actions which destabilises Ukraine and undermines or threatens the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. (Gender):Male Listed on: 04/05/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 04/05/2022 Last Updated: 04/05/2022 Group ID: 15342.

SUNGORKIN, Vladimir Nikolayevich Name (non-Latin script): Владимир Николаевич СУНГОРКИН DOB: 16/06/1954. POB: Khabarovsk, Russia Nationality: Russia Position: (1) Director General and Editor-in-Chief of Komsomolskaya Pravda (2) Member of public council in the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation (3) Member of public council in the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation (4) Member of public council in the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS1384 (UK Statement of Reasons):Designated for the purposes of an asset freeze and a travel ban under the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. The designation is made as a designation by name under the urgent procedure. The relevant provision by reference to which the Minister considers that condition B is met is the European Union’s Council Decision 2014/145/CFSP (as amended) concerning restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, and Council Regulation (EU) No 269/2014. The purposes of this provision correspond or are similar to the purposes of the UK’s Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, which have as their purposes to encourage Russia to cease actions destabilising Ukraine or undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. The Minister considers that it is in the public interest to designate (condition C). (Gender):Male Listed on: 04/05/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 04/05/2022 Last Updated: 04/05/2022 Group ID: 15317.

Financial Sanctions Notice 31/03/2022

ANISIMOV, Anton Sergeevich Name (non-Latin script): антон сергеевич асимов Position: Editor-in-Chief Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): RUS1114 (UK Statement of Reasons): Anton ANISIMOV (hereafter ANISIMOV) is Editor-in-Chief of Sputnik. Sputnik’s parent company is Rossiya Segodnya, which is a Russian state-funded international news agency. Sputnik supports and promotes Russia’s policies and actions in relation to Ukraine. As Editor-In-Chief, ANISIMOV will clear all content that is published by Sputnik. He has also been quoted promoting the Russian narrative on the war. He therefore engages in, provides support for, or promotes any policy or action which destabilises Ukraine or undermines or threatens the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. (Phone number): +7 (495) 645 6601 (Email address): feedback@sputniknews.com (Gender): Male Listed on: 31/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated:

BRILEV, Sergey Borisovich Name (non-Latin script): Сергей Борисович Брилёв DOB: 24/07/1972. POB: Moscow, Russia Nationality: Russia Passport Number: 524695376 Position: Anchor and Deputy Director, Rossiya Television and Radio Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): RUS1113 (UK Statement of Reasons): Sergey Borisovich BRILEV is a prominent news anchor and senior executive at the Russian stateowned Rossiya Television and Radio network. BRILEV has actively engaged in propagating the Kremlin’s disinformation about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and has supported and promoted Russian military actions that destabilise Ukraine and undermine or threatens the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. (Gender):Male Listed on: 31/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 31/03/2022 Last Updated: 31/03/2022 Group ID: 15060.

NIKOLOV, Alexey Lvovich Name (non-Latin script): Алексей Львович НИКОЛОВ DOB: 21/12/1957. POB: Moscow, Russia Nationality: Russia Passport Number: (1) 530308406 (2) 531246870 Address: Moscow, Russia. Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): RUS1111 (UK Statement of Reasons): Alexey Lvovich NIKOLOV is an important Russian media figure and the managing director of the Russian broadcast company RT (formerly Russia Today). RT is state-funded by the Russian Government. NIKOLOV is therefore a director of a Government of Russia-affiliated entity which is carrying on business in a of a sector of strategic significance to the Russian Government whose actions are destabilising Ukraine and/or undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. (Gender): Male Listed on: 31/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 31/03/2022 Last Updated: 31/03/2022 Group ID: 15058.

ZHAROV, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Name (non-Latin script): Алекса́ндр Алекса́ндрович ЖА́РОВ DOB: 11/08/1964. POB: Chelyabinsk, Russia a.k.a: ZHAROV, Alexander, Aleksandrovich Nationality: Russia Position: CEO of Gazprom-Media Holding Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): RUS1115 (UK Statement of Reasons): Aleksandr ZHAROV is CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of Gazprom-Media Holding, which is a company obtaining a benefit from or supporting the Government of Russia by carrying on business [as a Government of Russia affiliated entity and carrying on business] in a sector of strategic significance to the Government of Russia, namely the information, communications and digitial technologies sector. (Gender): Male Listed on: 31/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 31/03/2022 Last Updated: 31/03/2022 Group ID: 15062.

Financial Sanctions Notice 15/03/2022

KNYRIK, KONSTANTIN DOB: 14/08/1989. Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0705 (UK Statement of Reasons):Designated for the purposes of an asset freeze and a travel ban under the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. The designation is made as a designation by name under the urgent procedure. The relevant provision by reference to which the Minister considers that condition B is met is the European Union’s Council Decision 2014/145/CFSP (as amended) concerning restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, and Council Regulation (EU) No 269/2014. The purposes of this provision correspond or are similar to the purposes of the UK’s Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, which have as their purposes to encourage Russia to cease actions destabilising Ukraine or undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. The Minister considers that it is in the public interest to designate (condition C). Listed on: 15/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 15/03/2022 Last Updated: 15/03/2022 Group ID: 14656.

MATVEYCHEV, OLEG ANATOLYEVICH DOB: 01/02/1970. Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0723 (UK Statement of Reasons):Oleg Anatolyevich Matveychev is a deputy in the State Duma of the Russian Federation and vocal supporter of the Government of Russia in Russian media. In articles and interviews he has promoted policies or actions which destabilise 58 Ukraine or undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. Listed on: 15/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 15/03/2022 Last Updated: 15/03/2022 Group ID: 14674.

PESKOV, DMITRY SERGEYVICH DOB: 17/10/1967. Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0753 (UK Statement of Reasons):Designated for the purposes of an asset freeze and a travel ban under the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. The designation is made as a designation by name under the urgent procedure. The relevant provision by reference to which the Minister considers that condition B is met is the European Union’s Council Decision 2014/145/CFSP (as amended) concerning restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, and Council Regulation (EU) No 269/2014. The purposes of this provision correspond or are similar to the purposes of the UK’s Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, which have as their purposes to encourage Russia to cease actions destabilising Ukraine or undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. The Minister considers that it is in the public interest to designate (condition C). Listed on: 15/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 15/03/2022 Last Updated: 15/03/2022 Group ID: 14704.

SIMONYAN, MARGARITA SIMONOVNA DOB: --/--/1980. Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0702 (UK Statement of Reasons):Designated for the purposes of an asset freeze and a travel ban under the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. The designation is made as a designation by name under the urgent procedure. The relevant provision by reference to which the Minister considers that condition B is met is the European Union’s Council Decision 2014/145/CFSP (as amended) concerning restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, and Council Regulation (EU) No 269/2014. The purposes of this provision correspond or are similar to the purposes of the UK’s Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, which have as their purposes to encourage Russia to cease actions destabilising Ukraine or undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. The Minister considers that it is in the public interest to designate (condition C). Listed on: 15/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 15/03/2022 Last Updated: 15/03/2022 Group ID: 14653.

SOLOVYOV, VLADIMIR RUDOLFOVICH DOB: 20/07/1974. Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0704 (UK Statement of Reasons):Designated for the purposes of an asset freeze and a travel ban under the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. The designation is made as a designation by name under the urgent procedure. The relevant provision by reference to which the Minister considers that condition B is met is the European Union’s Council Decision 2014/145/CFSP (as amended) concerning restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, and Council Regulation (EU) No 269/2014. The purposes of this provision correspond or are similar to the purposes of the UK’s Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, which have as their purposes to encourage Russia to cease actions destabilising Ukraine or undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. The Minister considers that it is in the public interest to designate (condition C). Listed on: 15/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 15/03/2022 Last Updated: 15/03/2022 Group ID: 14655.

ZAKHAROVA, MARIA VLADIMIROVNA DOB: 24/12/1975. Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0703 (UK Statement of Reasons):Designated for the purposes of an asset freeze and a travel ban under the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. The designation is made as a designation by name under the urgent procedure. The relevant provision by reference to which the Minister considers that condition B is met is the European Union’s Council Decision 2014/145/CFSP (as amended) concerning restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, and Council Regulation (EU) No 269/2014. The purposes of this provision correspond or are similar to the purposes of the UK’s Russia (Sanctions) 113 (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, which have as their purposes to encourage Russia to cease actions destabilising Ukraine or undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. The Minister considers that it is in the public interest to designate (condition C). Listed on: 15/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 15/03/2022 Last Updated: 15/03/2022 Group ID: 14654.

3. Activities

General Licence – Telecommunications Services and News Media Services (Continuation of Business and Basic Needs) 30 May 2022

Permits certain activity which would otherwise breach the prohibitions in Regulations 11 to 17A of the Russia Regulations (i.e. the asset freeze provisions and the capital markets restrictions):

1. A person (other than a designated person) may continue business operations involving the provision of "Civilian Telecommunication Services" including:

  • payments to or from ZAO TransTeleCom Company ("ZAO") under any contracts or other obligations;

  • payments to or from any third party necessary to the continuation of any such contracts with ZAO for obligations; and

  • any activity reasonably necessary to effect the provision or receipt of Civilian Telecommunications Services from ZAO.

2. A person (other than a designated person) may continue business operations involving the provision of "News Media Services" including

  • payments to/from a designated credit / financial institution for the payment of salaries, invoices or fees;
  • payments to/from any third party necessary to continue those business operations; and

  • any activity reasonably necessary to effect the provision or receipt of News Media Services.

A relevant institution may process any of the above payments

The permissions are subject to specified notification and record-keeping requirements.

This General Licence expires on 30 May 2024.

Social media and internet services restrictions 29 April 2022

Imposes obligations on internet companies, including requirements that :

  • social media services, including video sharing platforms, must take reasonable steps to prevent content that is generated, uploaded or shared by a designated person/entity being encountered by a UK-based user of that service

  • internet access services must take reasonable steps to prevent a UK-based user of that service from accessing an internet service provided by a designated person/entity

  • application stores must take reasonable steps to prevent a UK-based user of the application store from downloading or otherwise accessing an internet service provided by a designated person/entity

The Secretary of State can designate persons to whom these restrictions will apply.

Grants new powers to OFCOM to request information/documents in relation to internet services. OFCOM is also granted new enforcement rights, including the power to impose civil monetary penalties

Creates information offences in relation to internet services. Failure to comply is also a criminal offence.

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portrait of Naili Asker-zade, journalist and billionaire Proekt_media, 7.8.2019

The presenter of the state TV channel “Russia 1” and the owner of “Tefi” Nailya Asker-zade interviews Pavel Gusev: How should the law on foreign agents be changed? Pavel Gusev, editor-in-chief of the Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper, chairman of the Union of Journalists of Moscow, member of the Human Rights Council, called the law on media-foreign agents a great disaster for journalists. How the status of a foreign agent affects the effectiveness of the media, he told the Public News Service. Youtube channel of Общественная Служба Новостей, 13.12.2021

Fighting near Kyiv. Heroes of Gostomel: Reportage by A. Kots, military correspondent of «Komsomolskaya Pravda»; Youyube channel «Komsomolskaya Pravda», 8.4.2022

"However" with Mikhail Leontiev February 26, 2022 Perviy1)   

Bryan MacDonald in Moscow sheds light on the Russian elections aboard the Sputnik, RT, 3.10.2021

Sergey Mikhailov, Director General of the TASS News Agency, On career development in the media, 18.11.2021

"Urgently! Voenkor Poddubny Told Everything ...", 24.5.2022

"T 64 APU lined up near Bugas (DPR)", Dmitry Steshin Youtube channel, 1.3.2022

Vladimir SUNGORKIN: About the failed war with Ukraine, coronavirus and Russian migrants, 16.2.2022

Sergey Brilev's interview with Barack Obama part 1., 16.5.2010

Alexey Nikolov, Creative Supervisor of Master’s Programme “International News Production”, 2.4.2019

O. Matveychev and A. Shafran: “Ukrainians and Europeans will soon fall in love with Russians!”, 15.3.2022