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The US freezes assets of Putin spokesman family, Instagram influencer daughter Elizaveta Peskova

The US on Friday imposed new sanctions on Russian oligarchs in connection with the attack on Ukraine – including spokesman for President Vladimir Putin and his family.

The assets of billionaire Viktor Vekselberg, Kremlin spokesman Dmitriy Peskov, his wife and children and 12 MPs have been frozen for “enabling Putin’s unjustified and unprovoked war,” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said.

The speaker and his family lead “a luxurious lifestyle incompatible with Peskov’s civil servant salary,” the Treasury Ministry said.

His Instagram influencer daughter Elizaveta Peskova, 24, was among family members targeted in the raid. The jet setter had published an anti-war message on her account last week before deleting it an hour later and making her account private.

Elizaveta Peskova, daughter of Dmitriy Peskov, was also included in the crackdown on new sanctions against Russian oligarchs.
Elizaveta Peskova, daughter of Dmitriy Peskov, was also included in the crackdown on new sanctions against Russian oligarchs.
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Dmitriy Peskov led a luxurious lifestyle that was out of place with his civil servant salary, the Finance Ministry said.
Dmitriy Peskov led a luxurious lifestyle that was out of place with his civil servant salary, the Finance Ministry said.
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Vekselberg’s frozen US assets included a $90 million jet and a $90 million yacht called the Tango.

Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin was among the deputies sanctioned for “supporting the bogus pretext used by Putin to justify the … unprovoked war against Ukraine,” officials said.


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The economic penalties also hit ten board members of VTB Bank, the country’s second largest lender.

Russia said it will block access to Instagram in the country from Monday over parent company Meta’s new policy, which allowed Facebook and Instagram users in Ukraine to encourage violence against their intruders.

Billionaire Viktor Vekselberg's assets have been frozen by the US over his role in Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Billionaire Viktor Vekselberg’s fortune has been frozen by the US for his role in Putin’s green light to invade Ukraine.
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Viktor Vekselberg's frozen US assets included a $90 million jet and a $90 million yacht called the Tango.
Viktor Vekselberg’s frozen US assets included a $90 million jet and a $90 million yacht called the Tango.
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The graphic shows Russia's invasion of Ukraine on March 11, 2022.
The graphic shows Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on March 11, 2022.
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Moscow had already blocked access to Facebook and Twitter and passed a law punishing inaccurate war reporting with up to 15 years in prison.

Crippling sanctions, including Russia’s expulsion from the international banking systemhave caused the value of rubles to fall since the fighting began.

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