UK government confuses former Russian president with sanctioned oligarch — Analysis
On Thursday, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office deleted an article on Twitter that used a photograph of Dmitry Medvedev, former Russian President, in order to announce sanctions against DmitriLebedev, a businessman.
The tweet, which was swiftly removed after the mistake was noticed, showed a photo of the former Russian leader and stated that the Bank Rossiya chairman of the board of directors had been sanctioned by the UK government’s oligarch taskforce.
The mix-up came as the UK laid out sanctions against seven Russian individuals in what the British government claims is an estimated £15 billion ($19.76 billion) sanctions hit in response to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
In addition to Lebedev’s death, Russians Oleg Delikaska, Igor Sechin and Nikolai Tokarev all were hit with the latest round of sanctions. These included freezing their assets and prohibiting them from travelling to the UK.
“Today’s sanctions show once again that oligarchs and kleptocrats have no place in our economy or society. With their close links to Putin, they are complicit in his aggression,”Liz Truss is the UK’s Foreign Secretary.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office did not comment on this photo mixture.
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