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The other targets include two advisors to President Putin, Vladislav Surkov and Sergey Glazyev, Russian Upper Parliament head Valentina Matviyenko, MP Leonid Slutsky, who chairs the committee on Russian relations with ethnic Russians overseas, constitutional law professor Andrey Klishas, and MP Yelina Mizulina.

Mizulina is perhaps the craziest inclusion, as she not only had nothing to do with the Ukraine situation but isn't even a member of the ruling party. Her sole claim to fame is backing the anti-gay legislation in Russia ahead of the Winter Olympics and her inclusion was seemingly just the first chance the administration had to stick it to her for that.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Mar 18th, 2014 at 10:04:45 AM EST
She's certainly a piece of work, but seems that's it:

FACT SHEET: Ukraine-Related Sanctions | The White House

Yelena Mizulina:  Mizulina is being sanctioned for her status as a State Duma Deputy.

So why not sanction the 615 other deputies?...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Mar 18th, 2014 at 10:55:23 AM EST
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Having got Crimea under his belt, Putin confirmed his indisputable domination in Russian politics. Now, he is likely to kick off a new PR campaign by toning down the rhetoric towards the new Ukrainian government, and offering the West cooperation in providing financial aid to the country. Next week, the G7 leaders are going to meet during the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague. There will almost certainly be plenty of hot air, but little meaningful action. The EU doesn't seem to have much appetite for economic sanctions, and the US administration still needs Russia when it goes about Iran, Syria and Afghanistan. The dispute over Crimea will remain a point of contention for a while, but is going to leave front pages rather sooner than later.
by aquilon (albaruthenia at gmail dot com) on Tue Mar 18th, 2014 at 11:37:42 PM EST
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