Switzerland has joined the sanctions of the European Union against six individuals and three legal entities who are considered involved in the activities of PMC Wagner. About it informs State Secretariat for Economics (SECO).
The Swiss sanctions list now includes Dmitry Utkin (the former commander of the GRU special forces detachment who headed the Wagner PMC), Denis Kharitonov and Sergei Shcherbakov. They are considered involved in the armed conflict in Ukraine. Sanctions against these citizens of the Russian Federation come into force on January 14 at 18:00 (20:00 Moscow time), the document says.
In addition, Switzerland has included Andrei Troshev, who is considered one of the leaders of the Wagner PMC, and Andrei Bogatov to the sanctions list for Syria. He is called one of the commanders of the Wagnerites in Syria.
Russian Alexander Kuznetsov is included in the sanctions list for participation in hostilities in Libya, transmits RIA Novosti.
Three Russian companies also fell under the sanctions: Velada LLC, Mercury LLC and Euro Polis LLC. They are exploring and extracting natural resources in Syria.
In December 2021, sanctions against the “Wagner Group” introduced “European Union”.
Wagnerites in a number of countries face not only sanctions, but also criminal punishment. The Insider posted investigation v two parts, where he spoke about how the Ukrainian special services, under the guise of hiring security guards at the Rosneft facility in Venezuela, were able to take out of Russia several dozen of the most wanted militants from Wagner PMCs involved in war crimes on the territory of Ukraine. The militants were supposed to board a Turkish Airlines plane in Minsk, which would have made an emergency landing in Kiev, but at the last moment the operation was unexpectedly “postponed” by the Ukrainian leadership, the militants got stuck in Minsk and were soon arrested by the local KGB. The failure of the operation called political scandal in Ukraine.
Earlier, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, stated that the EU had groundlessly accused the Russians of involvement in a private military company, and called the Brussels sanctions illegitimate. According to her, the “hysteria” unfolded in the West around this topic testifies, first of all, “to the zealous attitude of some former European metropolises towards the states of Africa and the Middle East, whose sovereignty and independence they were clearly forced to recognize in their time.”