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Canada Imposes Sanctions on 16 Russian 'Entities'

Published: May 5, 2014 (Issue # 1808)



  • Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper with Barack Obama, President of the United States of America.
    Photo: Whitehouse.gov / Wikimedia

Canada has imposed sanctions against 16 more Russian "entities" in response to what Prime Minister Stephen Harper described as Russia's "illegal occupation of Ukraine."

The latest sanctions are intended to "increase economic pressure on Russia and those responsible for the crisis in Ukraine," Harper said Sunday in a statement published on his government's website.

"Russia's illegal occupation of Ukraine and provocative military activity remains a serious concern to the international community," Harper said in the statement, adding that Canada and its Western allies "will take further actions if Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity continues to be threatened."

The statement by Harper's office did not specify the 16 "entities" that the new sanctions would cover.

Itar-Tass however, reported without citing any sources that all the entities were Russian companies, rather than individuals. The news agency said that they included TPS Avia Group — a company owned by a group of businessmen including Arkady Rotenberg, who has already been targeted by U.S. sanctions — InvestCapitalBank, Sobinbank and others.

Canada has issued a series of sanctions against Russian officials and companies since the annexation of Crimea in March, including nine Russian individuals and two banks sanctioned last week. The European Union and the U.S. have also imposed similar measures.


Correction: TPS Avia Group was, in fact, not included on the list of Russian entities sanctioned by the Canadian government .





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the club’s website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit “Neophobia” at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBA’s Marketing and Communications Committee’s round table discussion on “Government Relations Practices in Russia” this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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