The European Union has added all deputies of the lower house of Russia’s parliament from Crimea and Sevastopol to its sanctions blacklist, according to an EU Council decision published in the EU’s official journal on Wednesday.

 

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The sanctions blacklist includes five deputies from Crimea: Konstantin Bakharev, Ruslan Balbek, Andrei Kozenko, Svetlana Savchednko and Pavel Shperov and deputy from Sevastopol Dmitry Belik.

 

Two more Crimean deputies – Natalia Poklonskaya and Mikhail Sheremet – were included in the EU’s sanctions blacklist earlier.

 

The decision takes effect from the moment it is published, i.e. from Wednesday, the EU’s statement said.