U.K. freezes assets of 7 Russian oligarchs, including Roman Abramovich and Oleg Deripaska

Roman Abramovich
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Britain on Thursday announced new sanctions on "seven of Russia's wealthiest and most influential oligarchs," freezing their U.K. assets and banning them from the country, as part of Britain's "efforts to isolate [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and those around him" in response to Russia's war on Ukraine. Those sanctioned include Roman Abramovich, owner of the Chelsea soccer team, and two close Putin allies: Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin and Oleg Deripaska, an aluminum magnate with ties to Paul Manafort.

"There can be no safe havens for those who have supported Putin's vicious assault on Ukraine," Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement. "We will be ruthless in pursuing those who enable the killing of civilians, destruction of hospitals, and illegal occupation of sovereign allies." The new sanctions "show once again that oligarchs and kleptocrats have no place in our economy or society," British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss added. "With their close links to Putin they are complicit in his aggression. The blood of the Ukrainian people is on their hands."

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