Swiss extend blacklist over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

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Switzerland has extended its list of sanctions against individuals and entities over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

This content was published on March 16, 2022 - 13:34

The economics ministry said a further 206 names had been added to an existing sanctions list in connection with the war in Ukraine. The new additions include oligarchs and prominent businesspeople from Russia and Belarus.

Russian businessman Roman Abramovich, who is accused of having long-standing ties with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has been added to the Swiss blacklist.

However, there is no mention of Viktor Vekselberg, who is resident in Switzerland and was targeted by United States sanctions earlier this week.

“Switzerland’s list of sanctions now fully mirrors that of the European Union,” the ministry saidExternal link on Wednesday.

The blacklisted individuals are subject to Swiss financial sanctions and travel restrictions.

"Assets in Switzerland belonging to these individuals must be frozen and reported to the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)," the ministry said.

In total, about 870 people and more than 60 companies are subject to Swiss sanctions according to the Keystone-SDA news agency.

The Swiss government decided last month to take over sanctions imposed by the EU, prompting a debate about the country’s traditional neutrality.


The Swiss parliament on Wednesday held a three-hour debate about the government’s policy and possible consequences of the war in Ukraine.

Four government ministers were present at the meeting in the House of Representatives to answer questions about more humanitarian aid, refugees, as well as security and gas supplies.

Right-wing and centre parliamentarians called for an increase in Switzerland’s defence spending, while left-wing politicians focused on boosting humanitarian aid and economic sanctions.

Swiss President Ignazio Cassis, who also holds the post of foreign ministry, said Europe was facing the “worst security crisis since World War Two”.

He described the humanitarian situation as “catastrophic” with more than two million people needing emergency aid.

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