MOSCOW, April 17 Russian President Vladimir
Putin said on Thursday that Western sanctions have affected some
of those on the list, including the wife of Gennady Timchenko,
the co-owner of gas producer Novatek.
He said the wife of the Russian billionaire had been unable
to pay for an operation because of a blocked bank card.
"This, of course, is simply a human rights violation," Putin
said in a televised call-in with the nation.
(Reporting by Alexei Anishchuk; Additional reporting by Polina
Devitt, Andrey Kuzmin, Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Alessandra
Prentice; Editing by Lidia Kelly)