Japan Freezes Assets of Putin’s Daughters and Hundreds of Other Russians

The Japanese government will freeze the assets of 398 Russians, including President Vladimir Putin’s two daughters and the wife of Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

The government has also included to the list to be sanctioned 28 organizations related to military businesses and lending industries. The number of sanctioned Russian individuals has already reached 499.

Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Koichi Hagiuda announced on Tuesday that the country will also ban importing alcoholic beverages, some lumber products, and machines effective next week. 

Hagiuda said that the products covered by the import ban will not significantly impact the Japanese economy since the said products can be provided by other suppliers.

The imports subjected to the ban are worth around $128 million or about 1.1 percent of Japan’s imports from Russia.

The government has also prohibited its citizens to make any investments in Russia.

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said that “tough sanctions” must be imposed against Moscow to stop Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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