By Peter McLaren-Kennedy • 25 March 2022 • 14:18
Lavrov’s london based stepdaughter sanctioned
The measures come in the latest round of economic sanctions against those people with close ties to the Kremlin, Kovaleva being one of 65 individuals and companies who were added to the list on Thursday March 24th.
Supporters of opposition politician Alexei Navalny, who has just been sentenced to a further nine years in prison, named Kovaleva’s mother as the long-time lover of the foreign secretary. They also raised questions as to how she could fund her lavish lifestyle in London.
Surprisingly the government did move earlier with demonstrators having protested outside her flat calling her the “daughter of a war criminal” back in February.
Others added to the list include billionaire oil tycoon Eugene Shvidler, drone manufacturer Kronshtadt, the Russian paramilitary group Wagner and Alrosa, the world’s biggest diamond manufacturer.
Referring to the sanctions, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “We’ve got to step up, we’ve got to increase our support, and we’ve got to tighten the economic vice around Putin, sanctioning more people today.”
Joe Powell, the co-founder of the Kensington Against Dirty Money initiative, welcomed the freezing of Ms Kovaleva’s assets saying: “The government must now ensure that financial trickery is not used to evade these sanctions, for example by placing properties in the names of anonymous trusts.”
Oligarch Alisher Usmanov’s has earlier suggested that he had evaded British sanctions by transferring his British mansions into trusts in his relatives’ names.
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Originally from South Africa, Peter is based on the Costa Blanca and is a web reporter for the Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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