The Czech Republic imposed sanctions on the head of the Russian defense holding Tactical Missiles Boris Obnosov, his daughter Olga Zorikova and son-in-law Rostislav Zorikov. This is reported by the team of Alexei Navalny.
“To achieve this, we met and corresponded with Czech officials, wrote a ton of letters to all possible authorities; activists took to the streets of Prague, Zorikov even beat one of them,” Navalny’s associates said in a statement.
Boris Obnosov is the head of the Russian holding Tactical Missiles. Under his leadership, tens of thousands of people in different parts of Russia are making weapons that the Russian Defense Ministry allegedly uses only for precision strikes and only against military facilities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In fact, these missiles have been destroying civilian infrastructure and the civilian population of Ukraine for over a year now.
Navalny’s team spoke about the real estate of his son-in-law Zorikov in Prague back in May 2023. They found a penthouse with a view of Prague worth about a million euros from him, as well as a house in the center of Prague, which can cost about six million euros, Zorikov’s company rents it out. Navalny’s team promised to seek sanctions for both the Zorikovs and Obnosov himself.
After the publication of the investigation, numerous publications appeared in the media about the property of the Obnosov family in Prague. In them, journalists criticized the Czech authorities for their silence regarding Obnosov’s daughter and son-in-law living in Prague. Among other things, the Czech media drew attention to the incident involving Zorikov, which occurred on July 13, 2023 in Prague. Then Obnosov’s son-in-law attacked Andrey Karelin, an activist of the Vesna movement. He specially came to Prague to hold a picket near the building owned by Rostislav Zorikov’s company.
“Throws at me.” A political activist from Russia files a complaint with the Czech police against the son-in-law of the chief rocket man of the Russian Federation. He attacked him in Prague:
Czech Interior Minister Vit Rakuan responds to criticism declaredthat he, together with the head of the country’s Foreign Ministry, Jan Lipavsky, will consider the possibility of including Zorikov on the national sanctions list.
At the end of July, a group of MEPs demanded to impose EU sanctions against Obnosov and his family members. According to Petar Tanev, the author of the initiative, the FBK actively lobbied for sanctions against the family of the chief rocket man of the Russian Federation, but the EU was “in no hurry” to include him on the sanctions list. “To speed up the process, the MEPs have developed this requirement, it must be considered as soon as possible,” he stressed.