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Moscow fireworks. The EU diamond ban is to enter into force from midnight on 1 January 2024 (Photo: Syuqor7)

Russian mercenaries and diamonds in new EU sanctions

Two ruling-clan individuals, seven mercenary firms, and a ban on all Russian diamonds are to be added to EU blacklists in time for Christmas.

The elite names include Russian president Vladimir Putin's cousin (Anna Putina-Tsivilyova) and Russian ex-president Dmitry Medvedev's son (Ilya Medvedev) — who were dubbed war propagandists in draft new sanctions seen by EUobserver on Thursday (16 November).

The draft list included just one minor oligarch, Rustem Sulteev, and his wife Lidia...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Moscow fireworks. The EU diamond ban is to enter into force from midnight on 1 January 2024 (Photo: Syuqor7)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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