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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 .





 


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Friday, Oct. 31


Put your grammar and logical thinking to the test in a fun and friendly environment during the British Book Center’s Board Game Evening starting at 5 p.m. today. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.



Saturday, Nov. 1


The men and women who dedicate their lives to fitness get their chance to compete for the title of best body in Russia at today’s Grand Prix Fitness House PRO, the nation’s premier bodybuilding competition. Not only will men and women be competing for thousands of dollars in prizes and a trip to represent their nation at Mr. Olympia but sporting goods and nutritional supplements will also be available for sale. Learn more about the culture of the Indian subcontinent during Diwali, the annual festival of lights that will be celebrated in St. Petersburg this weekend at the Culture Palace on Tambovskaya Ul. For 100 rubles ($2.40), festival-goers listen to Indian music, try on traditional Indian outfits and sample dishes highlighting the culinary diversity of the billion-plus people in the South Asian superpower.



Sunday, Nov. 2


Check out the latest video and interactive games at the Gaming Festival at the Mayakovsky Library ending today. Meet with the developers of the popular and learn more about their work, or learn how to play one of their creations with the opportunity to ask the creators themselves about the exact rules.



Monday, Nov. 3


Non-athletes can get feed their need for competition without breaking a sweat at the Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament this evening at the Cube Bar at Lomonosova 1. Referees will judge the validity of each matchup award points to winners while the city’s elite fight for the chance to be called the best of the best. Those hoping to play must arrange a team beforehand and pay 200 rubles ($4.80) to enter.



Tuesday, Nov. 4


Attend the premiere of Canadian director Xavier Dolan’s latest film “Mommy” at the Avrora theater this evening. The fifth picture from the 25-year-old, it is the story of an unruly teenager but the most alluring (or unappealing) aspect is the way the film was shot: in a 1:1 format that is more reminiscent of Instagram videos than cinematic art. Tickets cost 400 rubles ($9.60) and snacks and drinks will be available.



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