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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 .





 


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Thursday, Nov. 27


The Customs and Transportation Committee for AmCham meets this morning at 9 a.m. in their office on Ulitsa Yakubovicha.


Tickets are still available for local KHL team SKA St. Petersburg’s showdown with Siberian club Metallurg Novokuznetsk tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Ice Palace outside the Prospekt Bolshevikov metro station. Tickets can be purchased on the team’s website, at the arena box office or in their merchandise store on Nevsky Prospekt.


Celebrate one of Russian literature’s most tragic figures during Blok Days, a two-day celebration of the 134th anniversary of the poet’s birthday. The tragic tenor’s work, which led to writer Maxim Gorky to hail him as Russia’s greatest living poet before his death in 1921, will be recited and meetings and discussions about his contributions to the Silver Age of literature in St. Petersburg will be discussed in the confines of his former residence.



Friday, Nov. 28


Join table game aficionados at the British Book Center’s Board Game Evening. Held every Friday at 5 p.m., aficionados and amateurs alike can come take part in a variety of different games that test one’s intellect and cunning.



Saturday, Nov. 29


Cats, dogs, birds, rodents and reptiles are just some of the things that will walk and crawl at Lenexpo convention center this weekend as part of Zooshow, a two-day exhibition featuring not only man’s best friends but a four-legged fashion show, as well as a food fair that will help pet owners find out more about which kibbles are best for their hungry pets.



Sunday, Nov. 30


Remember the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Russo-Finnish war in 1939 during today’s reenactment titled “Winter War: How it Was.” More than 200 people will take part in recreating the opening salvoes of the battle for the north in Kamenka, a small village situated between Vyborg and St. Petersburg, using authentic equipment and vintage vehicles from the era. The faux battle begins at 2 p.m.



Monday, Dec. 1


Serbia filmmaker Emir Kusturica is the featured guest this evening at the Lensovet Palace of Culture the Petrograd Side. Fans of the director will get the chance to watch his movie “Black Cat, White Cat,” as well as ask questions about his award-winning filmography. Tickets for the event, which starts at 7 p.m., start at 2,000 rubles ($42.50).



Tuesday, Dec. 2


Today is the final day of “Takoy Festival,” a three-week program of plays based on the works of Dostoevsky, Remarque and other famed European writers, whose work is transcribed for theatrical performances. Tonight’s festival finale is “Fathers and Sons,” a two-act drama staged by the Novosibirsk Academic Drama Theater based on Turgenev’s classic about familial relations.



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