Useless, feckless sanctions I might add.

A naked land grab, in spite of all the apologetics on the historical wrongs in the past, is never justified, such a feckless response by Obama only sharpens the appetite for more land grabs, all around the globe.

Helsinki Arena owners slapped with US sanctions over Ukraine

A new list of Russians subject to US sanctions includes three businessmen with major investments in Finland. Two, Gennady Timchenko and Boris Rotenberg, hold Finnish citizenship. The other third is Boris’s brother Arkady.

Venäläis-suomalainen liikemies Gennadi Timtshenko (vas.), Jokereiden hallituksen puheenjohtaja Hjallis Harkimo ja liikemies Roman Rotenberg tiedotustilaisuudessa Hartwall Areenalla Helsingissä perjantaina 28. kesäkuuta.
Gennady Timchenko (left), Jokerit board chairman Hjallis Harkimo and Boris Rotenberg’s son Roman at press conference at Helsinki Arena last June. Image: Aleksi Tuomola / Lehtikuva

Last year they bought the Helsinki Arena and a major stake in the Jokerit ice hockey team, which to join the Russian-based KHL next year.

On Thursday evening Finnish time, President Barack Obama announced the release of a list of 16 Russian government officials and four members of the Russian leadership’s inner circle.

The latter – including Timchenko and the Rotenbergs – are accused of “acting for or on behalf of or materially assisting, sponsoring, or providing financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of” senior government officials.

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