The British government has confused the management of Russia’s central bank with that of a private bank with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin when Prime Minister Boris Johnson imposed sanctions on Moscow.
Johnson imposed colds on five private banks, including Bank Rossiya. London claims it “belongs to Russian billionaires” who have “direct links” with Putin. The list of sanctions, however, does not include, at least for the time being, the Central Bank of Russia.
The British government mistakenly stated that the sanctions were imposed on Bank Rossiya, located at 12 Neglinaya Street, Moscow, 107016, Russia. Only this is the address of the Central Bank, which is also called Bank Rossiya.
Private Bank Rossiya is located in St. Petersburg.
The Central Bank of Russia (and the former USSR) has been housed on Neglinaya Street for at least a century.
There is no indication that the sanctions are reported to the Central Bank of Russia. The Foreign Office did not respond to a request for comment.