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Why US, EU targeted Putin’s daughters Mariya, Katerina in new sanctions? | World News

Amid mounting world accusations of Russian battle crimes in Ukraine, the United States on Wednesday introduced a new set of sanctions focusing on President Vladimir Putin’s two grownup daughters Mariya Putina (Vorontsova) and Katerina Tikhonova, and mentioned it was toughening penalties in opposition to Russian banks. The United Kingdom piled on asset freezes in opposition to two main banks, a ban on British funding in Russia and a pledge to finish dependency on Russian coal and oil by yearend.

The European Union was additionally anticipated to quickly take further steps, together with a ban on new funding in Russia and an embargo on coal, after the latest proof of atrocities rising in the wake of the retreat by Russian forces from the city of Bucha.

The penalties minimize off all of Putin’s shut relations from the US monetary system and freeze any belongings they maintain in the United States.

President Joe Biden mentioned the newest spherical of sanctions could be “devastating.” “I made clear that Russia would pay a severe and immediate price for its atrocities in Bucha,” Biden mentioned in a tweet.

Who are Mariya Putina and Katerina Tikhonova?

Mariya Vorontsova and Katerina (or Ekaterina) Tikhonova are in their mid-30s.

According to the European Commission record of proposed people and entities to sanction, Vorontsova, Putin’s eldest daughter, was included as a result of she was co-owner of Nomenko, a company “involved in Russia’s largest private investment project in healthcare”.

She was thus deemed to profit from the Russian authorities and was concerned in a sector offering its income.

She is reportedly married to a Dutch businessman.

The fee record had her sister Tikhonova included as a result of “she currently heads the Innopraktika development initiative, funded by key Russian companies whose directors are members of the inner circle of oligarchs close to President Putin”.

She was additionally, subsequently, seen to profit from the Kremlin and be concerned in offering it income.

According to The Guardian, Vorontsova is reported to be a specialist in uncommon illnesses in kids.

Tikhonova, an instructional who for years competed in acrobatic rock’n’roll dance contests, was appointed in 2020 to run a synthetic intelligence institute at Moscow State University.

(With inputs from businesses)

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