“These are not even symbolic sanctions, just a few people were asked not to travel to the European Union," said Polish MEP Witold Jan Waszczykowski.
Melia, chairman of the United National Movement, is accused of organising “mass violence” during anti-government protests in 2019.
The average temperature in Moscow and the region is about -13 degrees Celsius but by the end of the week, the temperature could drop to -30 degrees Celsius.
The remains of over a hundred French and Russian soldiers who died during Napoleon's disastrous 1812 campaign were finally buried on Saturday.
Analysts believe the decision could lead to a cooling of the relationship between Ukraine and China, with the latter in turn looking to Russia for closer relations.
Russian power giant Nornickel had its compensation appeal rejected and will now pay for the 21,000 tonne spill.