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Russia overtakes Iran as ‘most sanctioned country in the world’

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Recent data shows Russia has become the world's most sanctioned country due to its war on Ukraine, The Star reports quoting Bernama.

Moscow has been subjected to 2,778 new sanctions in just under two weeks since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered troops into Ukraine, bringing the total to 5,532, according to the global sanctions monitoring database Castellum.ai, the report said.

In comparison, Iran has faced 3,616 sanctions, followed by Syria and North Korea, with 2,608 and 2,077 sanctions respectively, The Star reports quoting.

Venezuela, with 651 sanctions, Myanmar with 510 sanctions, and Cuba with 208 sanctions are on the list of the countries most sanctioned in the world, it said.

The country with the most sanctions against Moscow is Switzerland, with 568, the report added.

It is followed by the European Union with 518 sanctions, France with 512 sanctions, Canada with 454 sanctions and Australia with 413 sanctions. The US has imposed 243 sanctions against Russia so far.

The sanctions include 2,427 individuals, 343 organisations, six ships and two aircraft, according to the report.

Putin said Saturday that Western sanctions against Russia were akin to a declaration of war.

Russia's war on Ukraine, which began on February 24, has drawn international condemnation, led to financial sanctions on Moscow, and spurred an exodus of global firms from Russia.

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