Mazepin and father hit with EU sanctions over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

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Former Haas Formula 1 driver Nikita Mazepin and his father Dmitry have been sanctioned by the European Union for supporting or benefiting from the Russian state following the country’s invasion of Ukraine two weeks ago.

The EU issued an updated sanctions list today detailing 146 members of the Russian Federation Council who ratified the ‘Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance between the Russian Federation and the Donetsk People’s Republic and between the Russian Federation and the Luhansk People’s Republic’ who will be added to a list of economically sanctioned and restricted individuals. The document continues that “in addition, that list should include 14 persons supporting and benefitting from the government of the Russian Federation or providing a substantial source of revenue to it, or associated with listed persons or entities.”

The Mazepins are named under the second category. Dmitry Mazepin is the owner of Uralkali, which was the title sponsor of Haas until the team cut its ties with the fertiliser manufacturer last week.

The sanctions include the imposition on travel restrictions and the freezing of their economic resources.

The updated list of sanctions states “Nikita Mazepin is the son of Dmitry Arkadievich Mazepin, General Director of JSC UCC Uralchem [which operates Uralkali]. As Uralchem sponsors Haas F1 Team, Dmitry Mazepin is the major sponsor of his son’s activities at Haas F1 Team.

Nikita and Dmitry Mazepin are now subject to EU sanctions
“He is a natural person associated with a leading businessperson (his father) involved in economic sectors providing a substantial source of revenue to the Government of the Russian Federation, which is responsible for the annexation of Crimea and the destabilisation of Ukraine.”

In a statement today Uralkali demanded a refund of the sponsorship money paid to Haas for the 2022 season.

The EU confirmed Dmitry Mazepin, whose wealth is estimated at several billion dollars, is subject to sanctions because his company is a major financial contributor to the Russian economy, and was closely linked to Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin.

“Dmitry Arkadievich Mazepin is the owner and CEO of the mineral fertiliser company Uralchem,” the EU’s statement noted. “Uralchem Group is a Russian manufacturer of a wide range of chemical products, including mineral fertilisers and ammoniac saltpetre. According to the company, it is the largest producer of ammonium nitrate as well as the second-largest producer of ammonia and nitrogen fertilisers in Russia.

“Dmitry Arkadievich Mazepin is thus involved in economic sectors providing a substantial source of revenue to the Government of the Russian Federation, which is responsible for the annexation of Crimea and the destabilisation of Ukraine.

“On 24th February 2022, in the aftermath of the initial stages of Russian aggression against Ukraine, Dmitry Arkadievich Mazepin, along with other 36 businesspeople, met with President Vladimir Putin and other members of the Russian government to discuss the impact of the course of action in the wake of Western sanctions.

“The fact that he was invited to attend this meeting shows that he is a member of the closest circle of Vladimir Putin and that he is supporting or implementing actions or policies which undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, as well as stability and security in Ukraine. It also shows that he is one of the leading businesspersons involved in economic sectors providing a substantial source of revenue to the Government of Russia, which is responsible for annexation of Crimea and destabilisation of Ukraine.”

Formula 1 drivers today gathered at Bahrain International Circuit for a display of solidarity with Ukraine, arrange by the Grand Prix Drivers Association. Lewis Hamilton was the only race driver not present as his flight to the country was delayed.

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31 comments on “Mazepin and father hit with EU sanctions over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine”

  1. Well, that is pretty clearly a good reason for Haas to have terminated their contract, i would say!

    1. @bascb Yes. Everything would’ve become unnecessarily complicated had they tried keeping him at all costs.

  2. Well, will you look at that.

    One might suppose this puts Haas’ repayments firmly beyond the end of this war.

  3. Where is Ham?

    1. Next to eggs.

      1. If I have to guess he is still complaining about Abu Dhabi or he is having dinner with Putin. Otherwise, I can’t see why a person that bullied (yes, I mean this word regardless of how just the cause was) his team and his colleagues to support his personal campaign two years is not there. Even the World Champion is there.

        1. manoli moriaty
          9th March 2022, 19:25

          wow, there it is, the dumbest comment ever approved by this site’s admins. Top work

        2. in your world flights never have a delay? nice
          also, read the bloody article, to prevent looking like a fool next time

        3. @keithcollantine this is why we need voting on comments to reduce the visibility of nonsensical stuff like this

      2. @sonnycrockett As both a connoisseur and frequent (to the dismay of my children) purveyor of fine Dad Jokes, I humbly bow before this display of mastery of the art.

    2. @melthom “Lewis Hamilton was the only race driver not present as his flight to the country was delayed.”

      1. No private plane anymore.. So be sure to travel on time and not at the last available plane.
        It’s a lousy excuse but he can make up for it.

        1. But isn’t it nice that he ditched the private plane?

          1. Can’t wait to see how Hamilton is going to express his opposition to the Russian invasion

          2. Ankita, you just don’t understand humor. do you?

          3. My mistake, sorry. I wasn’t replying to your comment. I was wondering how Hamilton is going to show support to Ukraine. And now that I read your comment you are probably right that I don’t understand your humor.

  4. Can we also sanction all the western companies like Shell that contributed to the Russian war coffer? And target all the CEOs who were close to Putin and his allies?

    1. She’ll already withdraw and the profit of the last Russian oil goes to ukrain.
      Ceo close to Putin are already targeted.

    2. No worries, mate. Haliburton and friends were hit hard for their part in Iraq and it’s only fair that Uralkali is treated the same, even if it really was such a shame to see such an innocent as Dick Cheney suffer so much.
      The Rule of Law has to be applied to all, you know.

    3. That just shows how morally bankrupt the world is… worrying about their profits above human life. We all knew about Uralkali for ages and Mazepins… and how one doesn’t become an oligarch without approval from Putin…
      Where was F1 when Russians bombed Syria or when Crimea was taken over or creation of separatists regions in Ukraine or even Georgia invasion years ago. In the world where everybody does due-diligence they obviously knew and they didn’t care. F1, Haas and many others have blood on their hands.

      1. The Dolphins
        10th March 2022, 1:27

        Russia was a Bernie deal and nobody was happy about from the beginning. Not defending Liberty either since they took the baton and ran with it.

  5. The Dolphins
    9th March 2022, 19:13

    Hard to feel sorry for them, so I won’t.

  6. Not a good time to be a Mazepin ….. or a Ukrainian for that matter!

    1. Yeah, definitely a worse time to be Ukrainian right now.

      1. I believe the Ukrainian president does not give a damn for his people. I read some time back what he said he would do when he’s voted in, he didn’t do a single one just kept making things worse. Now he wants to bring in foreign fighters which will turn Ukraine to much worse than what Syria or Libya is right now.

        1. He has been hamstrung by a so-called civil war and the previous governments counter-efforts at every step. And he won’t hold out very long without foreign military support. He is trying to avoid another Chechnya, which Putin basically leveled.

  7. EU: 863 individuals and 53 entities sanctioned.
    UK: 10 individuals and 5 banks but with 6 months grace period to remove funds.

    Welcome to Londongrad!

    1. Exactly this. Putin liked the Tory party so much…. he bought it.

  8. A beautiful no war banner but where have they been all these years with all the wars and destruction going on.

    1. Indeed. For example, now would be a great time for F1 to pull out of the Saudi Arabian race. I guess Yemen doesn’t have the sophisticated cultural presence of Ukraine, but civilian blood being spilled by rich guys is the same everywhere, even if the hundreds of thousands dead and dying in Yemen are poor and brown skinned. Inconvenient truths, I guess.

  9. Max seems irrelevant to the subject and the best flower child is Alonso.

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