Russian oil consultants, including public relations and advertising, targeted by new sanctions

OTTAWA – Advertising and public relations agencies have been banned for working for Russian oil and gas companies as part of a new wave of sanctions aimed at increasing pressure on Putin’s regime.

The latest round of sanctions following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine includes a ban on the export of services, including engineering and accounting, to Russia’s oil, gas and of chemistry.

The new sanctions ban 28 types of Canadian consultants, including technical and management consultants and advertising agencies, from working for Russia’s oil, gas and chemical sector, which accounts for about 50% of the country’s revenue.

Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly said, “Canada will do everything in its power to prevent Putin from fueling and financing his war machine.

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, Canada has imposed sanctions on more than 1,070 individuals and entities from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

Among them is Alina Kabaeva, a former Olympic gold medalist gymnast, believed to be Putin’s girlfriend.

Canada has also sanctioned Azatbek Omurbekov, a military commander who the EU says is nicknamed “Bucha’s Butcher.”

When the EU imposed sanctions on him, it said he was leading Russian troops responsible for murder, rape and torture in Bucha, a town outside Kyiv.

The massacre of civilians at Bucha is being investigated as a war crime, with the assistance of RCMP investigators from Canada.

Canada and the EU have also sanctioned Mikhail Mizintsev, a Russian general who the EU says is known as the “Butcher of Mariupol”.

The general was involved in the siege and bombardment of the port city, which was annihilated by Russian artillery, killing civilians as well as Ukrainian troops.

Canada has also sanctioned Russian oligarchs and their families and banned the import of Russian caviar, vodka and diamonds.

At a G7 meeting earlier this year, Joly pleaded for allies to also ban the export of professional services to Russia’s oil industry to protest the invasion of Ukraine.

“The Russian invasion of Ukraine has now lasted for over 100 days. Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin and his regime have caused untold pain and suffering in Ukraine and around the world,” she said. “We will continue to relentlessly pursue responsibility for Vladimir Putin’s senseless war.”

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on June 8, 2022.

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