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Putin judo partner among Russians hit by sanctions

Three long-time Putin associates are among the list of individuals who have been hit with new European Union sanctions, including Putin's former judo partner Arkady Rotenberg.

Eight Russians, and companies including Russian National Commercial Bank were targeted with the new sanctions.

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Hammond: Sanctions are hurting Russian economy

Sanctions imposed on Russia are having an affect on the economy according to Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary.

He said Russia's predicted economic growth for this year had gone from 2.5 per cent before sanctions to "roughly zero".

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said sanctions were weakening the Russian economy. Credit: ITN

"It is having a cost on Russia it is having a disproportionate cost on the group of people that supports and sustains the Kremlin leadership," Mr Hammond said.

"I hope they will be urging a more considered response by the Russian leadership."

He also said the Government was due to announce a new set of sanctions against Vladimir Putin's government later today.

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