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Russians tied to Putin or military sidestep sanctions and draw protest

By Francesca Ebel

08 Aug 2023 · 5 min read

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  1. Despite sanctions intended to isolate Russia over the war in Ukraine, many Russians connected to President Vladimir Putin or the Russian military continue to live and travel freely in European Union countries. This has drawn criticism from politicians and antiwar activists, including leaders of Alexei Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation.

LONDON - Despite heavy sanctions intended to isolate Russia over the war in Ukraine, dozens of Russians connected to President Vladimir Putin or the Russian military are still welcome in European Union countries, drawing criticism from politicians and antiwar activists.

The critics include leaders of Alexei Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation who are pressing for more action by drawing attention to cases that seem to defy the goal of Western sanctions, which have been used to deny travel visas and to seize yachts, real estate and other property.

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