DISINFO: Sanctions don't affect the Russian economy - Yale University is wrong
  • Outlet: francais.rt.com (archived)*
  • Date of publication: July 26, 2022
  • Article language(s): French
  • Reported in: Issue 301
  • Countries / regions discussed: Russia, EU
Sanctions Europe Economic difficulties economy

DISINFO: Sanctions don't affect the Russian economy - Yale University is wrong


The EU was mistaken. The Russian economy was in no way weakened by EU restrictive measures against Russia. The sanctions implemented by the European Union are ineffective vis-à-vis Moscow, but have heavy consequences for member countries.

Sanctions do not help Ukraine, on the other hand, they are bad for the European economy and if it continues like this, they will kill the European economy.


Old and recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative stating that sanctions would barely hurt or even benefit to Russia while it would dramatically hurt the EU, repurposed to serve in the context of Russia's unjustified and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

The EU adopted so far six sanction packages against Russia due to its illegal aggression and occupation of Ukrainian territories. Not all trades restrictions are yet enforced as the energy sector needs longer transition periods so it is too early to assess the full effect of the sanction as that work in a the long term. However, it is incorrect to state that Russian economy would be barely affected or would even benefit from the sanctions. The Russian leadership is constantly demanding the sanctions be removed.

A recent study from Yale University takes a detailed look into the effects sanctions are having on the Russian economy, concluding that "business retreats and sanctions are catastrophically crippling the Russian economy."

See also the assessment of EU HRVP Josep Borrell: sanction policy is working and strongly impacts Russian economy.

Read also related cases : The New York Times reports that Russia is barely affected by sanctions, sanctions against Russia worsen the economic crisis in the West , Sanctions are beneficial to Russia so the West should recognise Crimea as Russian, FT: Thanks to sanctions Russian agriculture strengthens its position in the world, The EU lost more from sanctions than Russia, European sanctions against Russia do not work.


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