(Adds names of two small banks and the individuals)
OTTAWA, April 28 Canada imposed sanctions on
Monday on two small Russian banks and nine individuals.
The two banks are ExpoBank, listed last year as the 103rd
biggest Russian bank by assets, and RosEnergoBank, which in 2012
had income of $4.24 million and assets of $1.01 billion,
according to Moody's Investors Service last year.
"The illegal occupation of Ukraine continues and Russia's
military aggression persists. That is why we are imposing
sanctions against an additional nine individuals and two
entities today," Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a
statement announcing the measures.
"Until Russia clearly demonstrates its respect for Ukraine's
sovereignty and territorial integrity, Canada will continue to
work with its allies and like-minded countries to apply pressure
that will further isolate Russia economically and politically."
The United States announced sanctions on 17 companies and
seven Russians on Monday.
Canada's list of nine included five on the U.S. list from
Tuesday: Vyaecheslav Volodin, Dmitry Kozak, Aleksey Pushkov,
Oleg Evgenyevich Belaventsev and Evgeniy Alexsevevich Morov. The
spellings are as provided by Harper's office.
The others are Vladimir Volfovich Zhirinovsky, leader of the
Liberal Democratic Party of Russia; Alexander Mikhailovich
Babakov, whom Harper's office listed as Chairman of the State
Duma Commission on Legislative Provisions for Development of the
Military-Industrial Complex of the Russian Federation; and
businessmen Arkady and Boris Rotenberg.
(Reporting by Randall Palmer; Editing by James Dalgleish, Chizu
Nomiyama and Andre Grenon)