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Yehor Bozhok, the SZRU chief at its headquarters, nicknamed 'The Forest', outside Kiev (Photo: szru.gov.ua)

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Ukraine spy chief: sanctions hurting Putin's war chest

by Andrew Rettman, KIEV AND KRAMATORSK,

EU and US economic sanctions on Russia had a much bigger impact than previously thought, Ukraine's spy chief has said.

"One of the estimates which we managed to learn, Russian internal estimates, is that Western sanctions ... forced the Russian budget to lose $173bn [€151bn] already, which is quite a lot," Yehor Bozhok, the head of Ukraine's foreign intelligence service, the SZRU, told EUobserver in an interview in Kiev in January.

"This is their [Russia's] internal assessment, w...

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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.

Yehor Bozhok, the SZRU chief at its headquarters, nicknamed 'The Forest', outside Kiev (Photo: szru.gov.ua)

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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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