UK: Kremlin advocators, including Mikhail Mizintsev sanctioned

LONDON (Parliament Politics Magazine) – The UK has imposed sanctions on propagandists of. Kremlin, a Russian general known as “the butcher of Mariupol,” and a Moscow-funded television network.

Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, propagandist Sergey Brilev, and Kremlin-funded TV-Novosti, which operates the Russia Today (RT) news station, are among the newest persons added to the government’s sanctions list.

Aleksandr Zharov, CEO of Gazprom-Media, Alexey Nikolov, MD of RT, and Anton Anisimov, Sputnik International Broadcasting’s head, have all been sanctioned.

Mizintsev, the head of national defence command and control centre of Russia, was in charge of organising and carrying out the siege and shelling of Mariupol.

Heavy Russian bombardment wreaked havoc on the Ukrainian coastal city, including the bombing of a maternity hospital, which stunned the world.

Liz Truss, the Foreign Secretary, said that Putin’s attack on Ukraine was built on a foundation of lies.

This latest round of sanctions targeted the brazen propagandists who spread Putin’s fake news and narratives. Britain has helped lead the world in exposing Kremlin disinformation.

More sanctions will be imposed to increase the pressure on Russia and assure Putin’s defeat in Ukraine. Nothing and no one was off the table.

RT’s broadcast licence was revoked by the British regulator Ofcom earlier this month.

The UK is further ratcheting up the pressure on Putin’s regime, according to Downing Street.

It was also appropriate to impose sanctions on those who seek to misinform the public on a large scale, and that’s exactly who the sanctions were aimed at today – well-known state-owned television anchors who promote falsehoods that were leading some Russians to misunderstand the situation in Ukraine and some of the wanton destruction and killing of civilians that the world was witnessing.

When asked if the UK believes Mizintsev committed war crimes in Mariupol, the spokesman of the PM said that he believes no one could question that looking at what was going on in Mariupol there looked to be evidence of war crimes on the face of it.

Formally, that was not a distinction that could be ruled out.  However, looking at the circumstances, no one could deny that it was a horrific situation, they added.

Eleni Kyriakou

Eleni is a journalist and analyst at Parliament Magazine focusing on European News and current affairs. She worked as Press and Communication Office – Greek Embassy in Lisbon and Quattro Books Publications, Canada. She is Multilingual with a good grip of cultures, eye in detail, communicative, effective. She holds Master in degree from York University.