Kiev introduces sanctions against 17 Russian media executives

Margarita Simonyan, the editor-in-chief of the RT television channel

Margarita Simonyan, the editor-in-chief of the RT television channel

The list includes heads of Russian television companies and newspapers

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a decree enacting the National Security and Defense Council resolution (of May 20) imposing sanctions against 17 representatives of Russian media outlets.

"The list of the individuals who ended up on the sanctions list includes in particular, the general director of the Channel One television company, Konstantin Ernst; the editor-in-chief of the website, Andrei Surkov; the owner of the Pravda.Ru holding company, Vadim Gorshenin; the general director of the TASS news agency, Sergei Mikhailov; a former general director of the LifeNews television channel, Ashot Gabrelyanov; and the editor-in-chief of the Russia Today television channel, Margarita Simonyan," the Ukrainian president's press office said.

Also on the list are: the general director of the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company, Oleg Dobrodeyev; the general director of the Rossiya One television channel, Anton Zlatopolsky; the head of the public broadcasting directorate on the NTV channel, Andrei Kunitsyn; a journalist and ex-director of the NTV television company, Vladimir Kulistikov; Channel One host Irada Zeinalova; the editor-in-chief and general director of the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper, Vladimir Sungorkin.

The list also includes the editor-in-chief of the Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper, Pavel Gusev; the editor-in-chief of the Regnum news agency, Vigen Akopyan; a former editor-in-chief of the LifeNews television channel and the Izvestiya newspaper, Alexander Potapov; the editor-in-chief of the Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper, Vladislav Fronin; and the editor-in-chief of the Russky Reporter newspaper, Vitaly Leibin.

The Cabinet and the Ukrainian Security Service have been instructed to ensure efficient implementation of the individual special economic and other restrictive measures.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry is to inform the competent authorities in the European Union, the United States and other countries of having introduced the sanctions and suggest that they apply the same restrictive measures against these individuals.

Control over implementation of this resolution has been entrusted to National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov.

The decree shall be effective from its publication date.

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