New Zealand imposed sanctions against Konashenkov and Kostyukov
The restrictions included the heads of the All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company and Krasnaya Zvezda, Dobrodeev and Pimanov, as well as several organizations that Wellington considers responsible for disinformation and cyberattacks
New Zealand has expanded sanctions against Russia. The list of individual restrictions included “subjects [responsible for] misinformation and malicious [activities] in the cybersphere”; (in particular, the Internet Investigation Agency and the 85th Main Center of the Special Service and the Main Center for Special Technologies of the GRU were under sanctions).
In addition, the list included the general director of the All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company Oleg Dobrodeev, the president of the Krasnaya Zvezda media holding; Aleksey Pimanov, co-founder of the News Front portal Mikhail Sinelin, official representative of the Ministry of Defense Major General Igor Konashenkov and head of the GRU Igor Kostyukov.
After the start of the Russian military operation, New Zealand introduced several packages of anti-Russian sanctions. On April 19, 18 banks and financial institutions, including the Central Bank and the RDIF, were subject to restrictions. On May 2, six defense companies and 170 senators were on the list. Personal sanctions also affected President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Foreign and Defense Ministers Sergei Lavrov and Sergei Shoigu and other politicians. Export restrictions were introduced.
Wellington banned the issuance of visas to Russian officials and other citizens associated with the special operation. In early April, New Zealand introduced a 35% tariff on all imports from Russia.
To support Ukraine, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the transfer of about $3.5 million worth of protective equipment and financial assistance to Kyiv through a NATO trust fund.
April 7, Russia responded to “unfriendly” actions imposed sanctions against New Zealand, banning the entry of 130 of its representatives, including Ardern, her deputy Grant Robertson and Foreign Minister Nanaya Mahute.
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