Sanctions target ‘shady network’ backing Putin, UK says

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The UK has imposed sanctions on the “shady network” of family and business associates that it says supports the “luxury lifestyle” of Russian president Vladimir Putin — including several cousins, his ex-wife, his rumoured partner and her grandmother. Seven Putin family members and five financiers were targeted with travel bans and asset freezes on Friday. Also on the list is Lyudmila Ocheretnaya, Putin’s former wife, who the UK says has “benefited from preferential business relationships with state-owned entities and exhibited significant unexplained wealth” since her 2014 divorce.

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