: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Ukraine slaps sanctions against Russian media executives for propaganda

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a decree to enact a National Security and Defense Council resolution dated May 20, 2016, on imposing personal sanctions against 17 Russian media executives engaged in broadcasting propaganda.
These special personal economic and other restrictive measures (sanctions) against individuals who pose real and potential threats to the national interests, national security, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, contributing to terrorist activity and violating rights and freedoms of citizens, being conductive to the occupation of territory and creating obstacles to full-fledged implementation of Ukrainian citizens` rights and freedoms will be in effect until December 31, 2017, the Ukrainian president`s press office told UNIAN.
”The individuals who ended up on the sanctions list include General Director of the Channel One television company Konstantin Ernst; Editor-in-Chief of the Novorus.info website Andrei Surkov; owner of the Pravda.Ru holding company Vadim Gorshenin; Director General of the TASS news agency Sergei Mikhailov; former general director of the LifeNews television channel Ashot Gabrelyanov; and Editor-in-Chief of the Russia Today television channel Margarita Simonyan,” it said.
The presidential order becomes effective since the day of its publication.
The Cabinet of Ministers jointly with the SBU Security Service of Ukraine were instructed to ensure the implementation and monitoring of the efficiency of the sanctions.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine should inform respective agencies in the European Union, the United States and other countries about the introduction of the sanctions and propose they introduce similar measures against the said individuals.
The president commissioned Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov to supervise how his order would be implemented.


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