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Oligarchs and billionaires hit by Ukraine sanctions

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As tensions between Ukraine and Russia escalate following the ouster of the Ukrainian President, Viktor Yanukovych, a number of Western countries have started to impose sanctions on Russian individuals.

Accusing Russia of destabilizing the political landscape in Ukraine, the U.S., EU, U.K. along with Japan, Canada and Switzerland targeted Russian and Ukrainian individuals and corporations.

Overall, nearly 150 names have been targeted as separate countries, led by their own interests, did not punish the same people.

Click ahead for some of the most high-profile individuals hit by the measures.

By CNBC's Alice Tidey.

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