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Putin is said to be ‘indifferent’ to Western sanctions against him as he has ‘no assets abroad´.
Opposition members and investigative journalists claim that, although on paper
his assets seem modest, Putin has a hidden fortune
by Mary Foran
Countries around the world have imposed sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, where the war rages on with destructive force while Ukrainians fight to defend their country.
The United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom and Canada have banned certain Russian banks from SWIFT, the high security network that facilitates payments among 11,000 financial institutions in 200 countries. Meanwhile, Germany has halted certification of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline on the heels of Moscow’s military operation.
The EU, the US, the UK, Japan, Switzerland, Australia and Taiwan all hit Moscow with new injunctions, condemning Russia’s incursion into Ukraine.
The Russian ruble hit record lows last week, sliding as much as 30% against the dollar while the Russian central bank more than doubled interest rates to 20%. Russia’s stocks and currency plummeted after Putin ordered troops into Eastern Ukraine.
Putin is said to be “indifferent” to Western sanctions against him as he has “no assets abroad”. Opposition members and investigative journalists claim that, although on paper his assets seem modest, Putin has a hidden fortune.
Countries sanctioning Russia with banning technology transfers and economic restrictions include the EU, Switzerland, France, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, the US and the UK.
Importing of Russian oil and gas has also been banned by several countries including the US, where the high prices for gasoline are being felt by the average consumer.
President Biden warned in his latest speech that food prices would continue to go up and their might be shortages due to the Ukrainian war. He suggested that Putin should no longer be allowed to be in power.
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