Czech government places Patriarch Kirill on national sanctions list

The Czech government has placed the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, on its national sanctions list for supporting Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky said on Wednesday. Kirill’s inclusion on the list means that any assets he has in Czechia will be frozen, he is barred from entering the country and cannot undertake any financial transactions here. Patriarch Kirill is the first name to appear on the Czech sanctions list after the government passed its own version of the US Magnitsky Act last year.