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Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov (l) was blacklisted immediately after the invasion of Ukraine in 2022 (Photo: ec.europa.eu)

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How elite Russians get off the EU blacklist

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov (l) was blacklisted immediately after the invasion of Ukraine in 2022 (Photo: ec.europa.eu)

Just eight people have managed to get off the EU blacklist in the past two years, most of them in out-of-court decisions involving friends in high places and EU passports.

The EU has imposed visa-bans and asset-freezes on 2,177 individuals and entities over Russian president Vladimir Putin's full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022 — and anti-EU litigation is booming.

The EU courts in Luxe...

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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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