British Prime Minister Theresa May approved compiled by British intelligence black list of six Russian oligarchs, reports the Telegraph in the evening on December 7. According to him, the document will be distributed to the British government, as well as to the country’s allies in Europe and North America in order to prevent the free movement of his defendants and the preservation of their business empires.
A high-ranking source in the British government in an interview with The Telegraph noted that it is planned to limit the possibility of the listed persons to move freely and work in the UK, Europe and “anywhere else”. It is believed that the oligarchs “have very close professional and financial ties” with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Roman Abramovich and Igor Sechin are among those who involved in the black list
“We believe that they provide support to the Kremlin in a number of areas, including using their financial resources in the interests of the Russian state,” The Telegraph source said. The measures against the defendants in the list will be an important part of London’s response to the poisoning of the former double agent Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, he said.
According to the source, in the list proved Roman Abramovich, as “it is believed that he provides Putin with the most significant financial support.” The list also includes Igor Sechin, Alisher Usmanov, Arkady and Boris Rotenberg, Oleg Deripaska, writes The Telegraph. As for the latter, as the British newspaper notes, it not only provides financial support to the Kremlin, but also has close relations with the Russian special services, including the “military intelligence unit of the GRU, which conducted a terrorist attack in Salisbury” with the use of nerve agents.