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Russia’s ‘Evening Wolves’ biker gang to face EU ban

Professional-Kremlin biker gang the Evening Wolves will now not be capable of trip round Europe beneath new Russia sanctions, which additionally strike at Sberbank and the mayor of Moscow.

Alexander Zaldostanov, the ageing gang chief, three associates, and the Moscow-registered biker membership itself have been all added to a draft EU blacklist mentioned by ambassadors on Monday (18 July).

  • Russian president Vladimir Putin (l) is a ‘shut affiliate’, the EU mentioned (Picture:

The 69-year previous was cited for “actively supporting Russian state propaganda via publicly denying Ukraine’s proper to statehood and calling for the ‘denazification’ in addition to the ‘de-Ukrainisation’ of the nation”, the doc, seen by EUobserver mentioned.

Certainly one of his associates, Josef Hambalek, is a Slovak nationwide who’s “president of the Europe chapter” of the gang.

And Slovakia must freeze his property and cease him from crossing into different EU states if the ban is agreed later this week.

The brand new blacklist targets 47 people and eight entities, in addition to banning imports of Russian gold.

Most people are Russian army commanders and politicians or Ukrainian quislings in occupied territories.

However the record consists of Sergey Sobyanin, the mayor of Moscow, two Russian actors accused of conflict propaganda (Sergey Bezrukov and Vladimir Mashkov), and a Russian tycoon (Rostech chairman Sergei Chemezov).

It additionally features a few kinfolk of previously-sanctioned Russian oligarchs accused of making an attempt to cover cash.

Deripaska strikes

In a single instance, Oleg Deripaska (blacklisted in April) transferred properties in France, Washington DC, and within the unique ski-resort of Lech in Austria to his cousin Pavel Ezoubov, the EU doc mentioned — however Ezoubov is now additionally dealing with an asset-freeze and visa-ban.

The brand new EU record freezes the European property of Sberbank — Russia’s largest lender.

It bans transport and arms companies and nationalist teams comparable to Russia’s ‘Younger Military’ youth affiliation and the Russkiy Mir Basis.

In financial measures, the EU is making ready “to ban the direct or oblique import, buy or switch of gold, which constitutes Russia’s most important export after power”.

Additionally it is tweaking its earlier measures to clarify transport companies bringing meals from Russia to ravenous markets won’t be penalised.

The EU is planning to introduce derogations to “the asset freeze and the prohibition to make funds and financial sources accessible to designated banks” to “keep away from disruptions within the funds channels for agricultural merchandise”.

The EU “is dedicated to avoiding all measures which could result in meals insecurity across the globe” and none of its sanctions cowl “commerce in agricultural and meals merchandise, together with wheat and fertilisers, between third international locations and Russia,” its sanctions invoice mentioned.

The identical goes for medical and pharmaceutical merchandise, it added.

However Europe can be tightening up sanctions implementation.

EU states must report back to the European Fee which property they’ve found and frozen six weeks after a brand new particular person or entity is listed, as an illustration.

The newest sanctions package deal is the seventh since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.

The EU beforehand banned Russian oil and coal, blacklisted most of its banks, and designated tons of of individuals together with Russian president Vladimir Putin and his household.

The brand new gold ban falls far wanting earlier speak of an EU ban on Russian fuel and Gazprombank, the Russian financial institution which handles fuel funds, stays open for enterprise, nevertheless.

The newest blacklist additionally incorporates few large fish after Hungary lately vetoed the designation of Russia’s prime priest and war-cheerleader patriarch Kirill.

The Evening Wolves used to trip to occasions in Europe through Poland, inflicting outrage alongside the best way and infrequently dealing with native bans.

It has European chapters in Bulgaria and the Western Balkans in addition to Slovakia.

Its boss, Zaldostanov, was referred to as a “shut affiliate” of Putin within the EU information.

Zaldostanov additionally took half in propaganda pageants in Russia-occupied Crimea in 2014 which depicted the West as satanic forces raping Kyiv.



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