The sanctions of Russia against Volodymyr Viatrovych, the director of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory are ridiculous, according to him, as he does not possess property and funds in Russia as 112 Ukraine reported.
"I think that the tough work we are holding in the area of the historical memory is too painful for Russia and consequently, we affect them quite seriously. It is a little bit ridiculous as for me, such display of the hysteria of the Russian government as I do not possess any property and funds in Russia. This threat means nothing to me but on the other hand, it is a "mark" for my personal merit in the counteracting the Russian aggression," Viatrovych claimed.
According to him, it means that the sanctions imposed by Ukraine and the world are effective.
"It is a request for some kind of the symmetry. For me, it means that the sanctions imposed by the world and Ukraine against Russia are effective and necessary," he added.
Viatrovych supposed that Petro Poroshenko and Volodymyr Groysman are not included in the sanctions list as it is also a weapon in the information war.
"I think this list is also a certain weapon in the information war against Ukraine and obviously, the presence of some people in this list will be used for the compromising of different persons," he said.
As we reported, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed an order which imposes sanctions against a list of physical and legal entities of Ukraine.
In particular, sanctions were imposed against Ukraine’s Internal Minister Arsen Avakov, acting Health Minister Ulyana Suprun and Culture Minister Yevgen Nishchuk, Minister of Education Liliya Grynevych, Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan, Ecology Minister Ostap Semerak, Information Policy Minister Yuriy Stets, Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak, Deputy Defence Minister for European integration Anatoliy Petrenko, and Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze.
President’s son Olexiy and Poroshenko’s Press Secretary Svyatoslav Tseholko were included in the list.