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Poroshenko Approves Sanctions Against Russian Media Leaders

© REUTERS / Gleb GaranichUkrainian President Petro Poroshenko gestures during a news conference in Kiev, Ukraine, January 14, 2016
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko gestures during a news conference in Kiev, Ukraine, January 14, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko approved sanctions against a total of 17 Russian leaders, including editor-in-chief of RT and Rossiya Segodnya Margarita Simonyan, Channel One director Konstantin Ernst, TASS news agency director Sergei Mikhailov and LifeNews head Ashot Gabrelyanov.

KIEV (Sputnik) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has approved sanctions against a number of Russian media leaders, his administration said Friday.

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The sanctions include "special economic and other restrictive measures" against individuals who allegedly create "real and potential threats to national interests" and will be in force until December 31, 2017.

The restrictions target, among others, editor-in-chief of RT and Rossiya Segodnya Margarita Simonyan, Channel One director Konstantin Ernst, TASS news agency director Sergei Mikhailov and LifeNews head Ashot Gabrelyanov. The list includes a total of 17 names.

Ukraine also has lifted an entry ban earlier imposed on 29 foreign journalists, including several members of Rossiya Segodnya news agency staff, according to a presidential decree.

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