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Canada Imposes Sanctions on 16 Russian 'Entities'

Published: May 5, 2014 (Issue # 1808)



  • Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper with Barack Obama, President of the United States of America.
    Photo: Whitehouse.gov / Wikimedia

Canada has imposed sanctions against 16 more Russian "entities" in response to what Prime Minister Stephen Harper described as Russia's "illegal occupation of Ukraine."

The latest sanctions are intended to "increase economic pressure on Russia and those responsible for the crisis in Ukraine," Harper said Sunday in a statement published on his government's website.

"Russia's illegal occupation of Ukraine and provocative military activity remains a serious concern to the international community," Harper said in the statement, adding that Canada and its Western allies "will take further actions if Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity continues to be threatened."

The statement by Harper's office did not specify the 16 "entities" that the new sanctions would cover.

Itar-Tass however, reported without citing any sources that all the entities were Russian companies, rather than individuals. The news agency said that they included TPS Avia Group a company owned by a group of businessmen including Arkady Rotenberg, who has already been targeted by U.S. sanctions InvestCapitalBank, Sobinbank and others.

Canada has issued a series of sanctions against Russian officials and companies since the annexation of Crimea in March, including nine Russian individuals and two banks sanctioned last week. The European Union and the U.S. have also imposed similar measures.


Correction: TPS Avia Group was, in fact, not included on the list of Russian entities sanctioned by the Canadian government .





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Friday, Aug. 22


Get ready to pledge allegiance to the flag during National Flag Day, paying tribute to when, 23 years ago today, the iconic hammer-and-sickle was replaced with the tricolor that now flutters in the wind. Petersburgers will be treated to a free concert on Palace Square, a military parade and a culminating air show featuring Russias Russian Knights stunt pilots.



Saturday, Aug. 23


Uppsala Park plays host to Fairy Noon today, a performance of five separate fairy tales ranging from folk classics to more haunting selections. There will be three different renditions of the tales throughout the day and tickets start at 500 rubles ($13.80) for adults and 300 rubles ($8.30) for children.


Classic Finnish cartoon characters the Moomins expect to receive a warm welcome from Russian fans during todays Moomin Festival at the Pearl Plaza Shopping Center at 51 Petergofskoye Shosse. Become a kid again or introduce a new generation to the beloved creation of Finnish writer Tove Jansson.



Sunday, Aug. 24


The tortured genius of Dutch master Vincent van Gogh gets his day in the centers Konnushnaya Ploschad during Make Art Like Van Gogh, a daylong celebration of the artist that will allow amateur artists to try and replicate the work that made the famed painter world-renowned.


Experience a variety of dances highlighting the diversity of the world around as at the final day of the Ethno-Dance International Dance Festival that has been at the St. Petersburg Humanitarian University of Trade Unions this past week. Tonights performance will feature Egyptian dancers accompanied by local orchestras.



Monday, Aug. 25


Today kicks off the Elena Obraztsovoy International Competition for Young Vocalists in the large hall of the Shostakovich Philharmonic. Talented youngsters will showcase their range over the next six days before a winner is chosen on Aug. 30.



Tuesday, Aug. 26


Love movies but hate all those words? Then check out Rodina Cinema Centers Factor of Consensus film forum this evening. Silent movie classics from the beginning of the 20th century will be screened and accompanied by a pianist, who will provide the soundtrack for the ongoing action. The screenings begin at 7 p.m. Check Rodinas website for more details.



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