UK imposes sanctions on pro-Kremlin blogger Graham Phillips

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UK has imposed sanctions against pro-Kremlin blogger Graham Phillips

In announcing the freeze on Phillips' assets, the British Foreign Office called him a video blogger who created and published media content in support of actions that threatened the territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine.

On the eve of the British Foreign Office froze the assets of a British citizen as part of a new package of sanctions against individuals, companies and others who support the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin. It is reported by NYT. Pro-Kremlin blogger Graham Phillips, 43, was born in the English city of Nottingham, moved to Ukraine about ten years ago, since then he has been recording videos and collecting hundreds of thousands of subscribers on YouTube.

On his channel, he supported Russian invasion of Ukraine.

In announcing the freeze on Phillips' assets, the British Foreign Office called him “a video blogger who created and published media content in support of actions and policies that threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.”

Phillips' response

In an email, Phillips questioned the legality of such measures. He was surprised that a British citizen could be included in the UK sanctions list just because the government does not like his job.

Since the beginning of the acute phase of the war in Ukraine, the UK authorities have imposed sanctions on more than 1,000 people and 100 companies.

Who is Graham Phillips?

British citizen Graham Phillips moved to Ukraine in 2010, worked briefly as an English teacher and wrote about his experience living in Ukraine. Among other things, his posts were devoted to sex tourism, he shared his impressions of visiting brothels. Subsequently, he deleted posts of this nature.

When the protest movement on the Maidan began in 2013, he began to film what was happening and collected subscribers on social networks, by 2014 he became a freelance journalist for RT. He supported the Russian annexation in Crimea and spoke out in support of the separatists in the Donbass.

After the start of a large-scale invasion of Russian troops into Ukraine, Phillips spoke about the war from a Russian position. In particular, he published a video with prisoner of war Aiden Eslin, who fought in the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Mariupol. The British Parliament called this interview a flagrant violation of the Geneva Conventions. Subsequently, the video disappeared from the channel.

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