The European Union announced the sixth package of sanctions against Russia last week, which includes the suspension of the broadcasting activities of three more Russian state-owned media outlets and sanctions targeting family members of Russian disinformation operative Dimitri Peskov. According to a press release by the European Council:
June 3, 2022 In light of Russia’s continuing war of aggression against Ukraine and Belarus’ support to it, as well as the reported atrocities committed by Russian armed forces in Ukraine, the Council decided today to impose a sixth package of economic and individual sanctions targeting both Russia and Belarus. […] The EU is suspending the broadcasting activities in the EU of three more Russian state-owned outlets: Rossiya RTR/RTR Planeta, Rossiya 24 / Russia 24 and TV Centre International. These structures have been used by the Russian Government as instruments to manipulate information and promote disinformation about the invasion of Ukraine, including propaganda, with the aim to destabilise Russia’s neighbouring countries and the EU and its member states. In line with the Charter of Fundamental Rights, these measures will not prevent those media outlets and their staff from carrying out activities in the EU other than broadcasting, e.g. research and interviews.
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According to the full EU regulation adopted on June 3, the European Union sanctioned another 65 individuals and 18 entities due to their involvement in respect of “actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine”. The list of those sanctioned includes f Elizaveta Peskova and Nikolay Peskov, two family members of Russian disinformation operative and Kremlin spokesman Dimitry Peskov. In February and March, Peskov was sanctioned by the US, Australia, Canada, and the European Union, which described him as a “propagandist who contributes to spread anti-Ukrainian propaganda.” In April, the US Government published a profile of Peskov, calling him “the face of Kremlin propaganda.” According to a US State Department profile:
April 18, 2022 Dmitri Peskov has served as Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson since 2008. In this capacity, he has played a key role in propaganda and disinformation campaigns to cover up the Kremlin’s links to the 2006 polonium poisoning of former Russian intelligence officer Alexander Litvinenko, the 2018 Novichok poisoning of former Russian military intelligence officer Sergei Skirpal and his daughter Yulia, and the 2020 Novichok poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. In all these cases, official and independent sources have debunked the Kremlin’s disinformation and established the Kremlin’s direct responsibility. Serving Putin has been lucrative for Peskov, and despite being a civil servant for his entire career, he and his family are now multimillionaires. […] Despite these clear, factual, and irrefutable accounts, Peskov has been one of the key implementers of the Kremlin’s standard disinformation playbook of denial, lies, and obfuscation.
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In February, the Global Influence Operations Report reported that the European Union had banned RT and Sputnik over disinformation on Ukraine.