Russia and Ukraine: Who are the rich Russians near Putin?

  • Daniel Sandford
  • BBC Home Affairs Correspondent

The governments of Britain, the European Union and the United States have responded to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine by imposing heavy penalties on billionaire businessmen believed to be close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Putin has warned his allies for many years that they must protect themselves from such measures, especially given the strained relations with the United States and European Union countries after the annexation of Crimea.

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