Russian oil consultants, including public relations and advertising, subject to new sanctions

Advertising and public relations agencies have been banned from working for Russian oil and gas companies as part of a new wave of sanctions designed to increase pressure on the Putin administration.

The latest sanctions after Russia’s President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine include a ban on the export of services such as engineering and accounting to Russia’s oil, gas and chemical industries.

The new sanctions prohibit 28 Canadian consultants, including technical and management consultants and advertising agencies, from working in Russia’s oil, gas and chemical sectors, which account for about 50% of the country’s revenues.

“Canada will do everything with its power to prevent Putin from being able to fuel and fund his war machinery,” Foreign Minister Melanie Jolly said.

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, Canada has imposed sanctions on more than 1,070 individuals and groups from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

They include former Olympic gold medal gymnast Alina Kabaeva, who is allegedly Putin’s girlfriend.

Canada has also sanctioned Azatobek Omurbekov, a military commander who said the EU was called the “Butcher’s Butcher”.

When the EU imposed sanctions on him, he said he led Russian troops responsible for murder, rape and torture in the suburb of Kyiv, Bucha.

The massacre of civilians in Bucha is being investigated as a war crime with the help of Canadian RCMP investigators.

Canada and the EU have also sanctioned Mikhail Midinzev. This is a Russian general who said the EU is known as the “Butcher of Mariupol”.

The general was involved in the siege and bombardment of a port city destroyed by Russian artillery, killing civilians and Ukrainian troops.

Canada also sanctioned Russian oligarchs and their families and banned the import of Russian caviar, vodka and diamonds.

At a G7 meeting earlier this year, Jolly proposed to allies to ban the export of professional services to Russia’s oil industry in protest of the invasion of Ukraine.

“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine now lasts for more than 100 days, when Vladimir Putin and his administration caused immense pain and suffering in Ukraine and around the world,” she said. “We are constantly pursuing accountability for Vladimir Putin’s meaningless war.”

Marie Woolf

Canadian press


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