The United Kingdom imposed sanctions against Russian security officials, FSB officers from Crimea Andrei Tishenin and Artur Shambazov, who worked in the SBU before the annexation of the peninsula by Russia, fell under the sanctions. The announcement was posted on the government website.
The British government considers them guilty of torturing Ukrainian citizen Oleksandr Kostenko, who was detained in 2015 and beaten for days. Their arm was broken, the Ukrainian was tortured with electric current and demanded to give out the names of people who are members of the "Ukrainian sabotage groups." As a result, he was sentenced to four years for the “attack on the Maidan in Kyiv in 2014 on an employee of the Berkut special police organization.” It turns out that a Russian court judged a citizen of Ukraine for attacking another citizen on the territory of another state.
In addition to two FSB officers, Major Justice Valentin Oparin and prosecutor Oleg Tkachenko from Rostov were also sanctioned by Britain, both of whom refused to investigate the torture of Alexander Kostenko.
The head of Britain announced on December 9 that the country would impose sanctions on individuals in 11 countries, including Iran, Russia, Mali and Nicaragua. According to him, those who fell under the sanctions are guilty of torture, sexual violence and the suppression of protests.
The US is also set to announce new sanctions against Russia and China on Friday, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources in Washington. The sanctions will be aimed at preventing Russia from using Iranian drones in the war against Ukraine. The restrictions will also affect the sphere of human rights violations in Russia.