OTTAWA - Canada has announced it is imposing a new round of sanctions on Russian media personalities and companies accused of spreading disinformation about Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.
Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly announced the latest sanctions against 38 individuals and 16 entities, saying those affected are propagating Russian President Vladimir Putin's lies.
Among those added to Canada's blacklist are several Russian singers, including former contestants on the popular Eurovision singing contest, as well as actors and athletes.
The list also includes one of Russia's largest state-owned media groups, MIA Rossiya Segodnya, which owns and operates a large number of Russian-language companies.
Many of the new additions had already been sanctioned by Canada's allies following Russia's invasion of Ukraine nearly a year ago.
The new measures come amid questions about the effectiveness of Canada's sanctions regime.
The Canadian Press reported this week that as of June 7, Canada had ordered $123 million in assets within Canada frozen, and $289 million in transactions had been blocked under sanctions prohibitions related to Russia.
But by late December, the RCMP said only $122 million in assets were listed as seized, and $292 million in transactions had been blocked despite hundreds more people associated with Russia being put on the sanctions list.
The police force did not provide an explanation for why the sums reported by financial institutions had hardly changed during that period.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 3, 2023.