Canada has sanctioned Russian President Vladimir Putin’s two adult daughters, suspected of hiding their father’s wealth, including 12 other Russian associates.
Global Affairs Canada said Tuesday it would be sanctioning 14 “close associates of the Russian regime,” including Putin’s daughters Katerina Vladimirovna Tikhonova and Maria Vladimirovna Vorontsova, and other family members of Russian oligarchs.
Earlier reports claim that the US has placed sanctions on the two daughters because the government has reason to believe Putin’s assets are hidden with family members.
According to the US sanctions package, Tikhonova, a tech executive, supports the Russian government and its defense industry, while Vorontsovais leads Kremlin-funded programs toward genetic research personally overseen by Putin.
Putin’s daughters have never confirmed publicly that the Russian president is their father, and Putin has refused to answer questions about them.
“We continue to monitor the situation and coordinate actions to respond to Putin’s terrible, illegal invasion. This Russian regime and its associates need to continue to be held accountable for their actions,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.
Global Affairs Canada said more than 750 sanctions were placed on individuals and entities from Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus since the invasion of Ukraine, which aims to freeze and prohibit assets.
Meanwhile, Trudeau said Canada would be providing heavy artillery to Ukraine, as requested recently by President Volodymyr Zelensky.
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