New Zealand introduced sanctions against eight more Russian citizens and organizations responsible for spreading disinformation and cyberattacks in Ukraine. This was announced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the country, Nanaia Mahuta, in press releasepublished on the government website on Tuesday, May 10.
Dozens of citizens and organizations have already been included in the sanctions list of New Zealand, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, members of the State Duma, the Federation Council and the Security Council of the Russian Federation, the military and economic elite of Russia. Now this list has been supplemented by the official representative of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation Igor Konashenkov, the head of the main department of the General Staff of the RF Armed Forces Igor Kostyukov, the general director of the All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company Oleg Dobrodeev, the president of the Krasnaya Zvezda media holding Alexei Pimanov and the co-founder of the NewsFront news site Mikhail Sinelin.
From organizations under sanctions the 85th Main Center of the Special Service of the Main Directorate of the General Staff, the Main Center for Special Technologies as part of the Main Intelligence Directorate, and the Internet Research Agency, the St.
Putin’s propaganda machine
“President Putin’s propaganda machine is running at full capacity, spreading lies and disinformation to justify the illegal intrusion by Russia. The decision announced today reflects our complete rejection of Putin’s narrative and his attempts to mislead the world community,” Makhuta said.
The New Zealand Foreign Minister also noted that “in addition to the military intervention, Putin is using cyberspace as a weapon in a brutal war against Ukraine“. According to Makhuta, “Russia is subjecting Ukrainians to ruthless cyberattacks in an attempt to further destroy their infrastructure and disrupt their lives.”