EU Council decision 2014/265/CFSP of 12 May and Council Regulation 476/2014
Pursuant to the Decision, the EU Council has broadened the legal basis for EU restrictive measures to be implemented under EU Regulation 269/2014 in response to the on-going situation in Ukraine. It has added the possibility of targeting persons associated with actions and policies undermining stability or security in Ukraine (previously, EU Regulation 269/2014 required a designated person to be himself / herself "responsible" for such actions) as well as with obstructing the work of international organisations in Ukraine, and entities linked to such persons. The Decision also introduces a legal basis for asset freezes against legal persons, entities or bodies in Crimea or Sevastopol whose ownership has been transferred contrary to Ukrainian law, or legal persons, entities or bodies which have benefited from such a transfer.
Pursuant to Regulation 476/2014, 13 individuals and 2 entities have been added to the list of asset freeze targets designated on the basis of the broader designation criteria set out above. The 2 entities are gas and oil companies whose assets are said to have been appropriated by the new Crimean government. Copies of the Decision, Regulation, and an explanatory notice published by HMT, can be downloaded from the links set out below.
List of additional entities:
- PJSC CHERNOMORNEFTEGAZ On 17.03.2014 the ‘Parliament of Crimea’ adopted a resolution declaring the appropriation of assets belonging to Chernomorneftegaz enterprise on behalf of the ‘Republic of Crimea’. The enterprise is thus effectively confiscated by the Crimean ‘authorities’.
- FEODOSIA On 17.03.2014 the ‘Parliament of Crimea’ adopted a resolution declaring the appropriation of assets belonging to Feodosia enterprise on behalf of the ‘Republic of Crimea’. The enterprise is thus effectively confiscated by the Crimean ‘authorities’.
List of additional persons:
- Vyacheslav Viktorovich VOLODIN Born 4 February 1964 in Alekseevka, Saratov region. First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Administration of Russia. Responsible for overseeing the political integration of the annexed Ukrainian region of Crimea into the Russian Federation.
- Vladimir SHAMANOV Born 15.02.1954 in Barnaul. Commander of the Russian Airborne Troops, Colonel-General. In his senior position holds responsibility for the deployment of Russian airborne forces in Crimea.
- Vladimir Nikolaevich PLIGIN Born 19.05.1960 in Ignatovo, Vologodsk Oblast, USSR. Chair of the Duma Constitutional Law Committee. Responsible for facilitating the adoption of legislation on the annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol into the Russian Federation.
- Petr Grigorievich JAROSH Acting Head of the Federal Migration Service office for Crimea. Responsible for the systematic and expedited issuance of Russian passports for the residents of Crimea.
- Oleg Grigorievich KOZYURA Born 19.12.1962 in Zaporozhye Acting Head of the Federal Migration Service office for Sevastopol. Responsible for the systematic and expedited issuance of Russian passports for the residents of Crimea.
- Viacheslav PONOMARIOV Self-declared mayor of Slaviansk. Ponomarev called on Vladimir Putin to send in Russian troops to protect the city and later asked him to supply weapons. Ponomarev's men are involved in kidnappings (they captured Ukrainian reporter Irma Krat and Simon Ostrovsky, a reporter for Vice News, both were later released, they detained military observers under OSCE Vienna Document).
- Igor Mykolaiovych BEZLER Born in 1965 One of the leaders of self-proclaimed militia of Horlivka. He took control of the Security Service of Ukraine's Office in Donetsk region building and afterwards seized the Ministry of Internal Affairs' district station in the town of Horlivka. He has links to Ihor Strielkov under which command he was involved in the murder of Peoples' Deputy of the Horlivka's Municipal Council Volodymyr Rybak according to the SBU.
- Igor KAKIDZYANOV One of the leaders of armed forces of the self- proclaimed ‘Donetsk People's Republic’. The aim of the forces is to ‘protect the people of Donetsk People's Republic and territorial integrity of the republic’ according to Pushylin, one of the leaders of the ‘Donetsk People's Republic’.
- Oleg TSARIOV Member of the Rada. Publicly called for the creation of the Federal Republic of Novorossia, composed of South Eastern Ukrainian regions.
- Roman LYAGIN Head of the ‘Donetsk People's Republic’ Central Electoral Commission. Actively organised the referendum on 11 May on the self-determination of the ‘Donetsk People's Republic’.
- Aleksandr MALYKHIN Head of the ‘Lugansk People's Republic’ Central Electoral Commission. Actively organised the referendum on 11 May on the self-determination of the ‘Lugansk People's Republic’.
- Natalia Vladimirovna POKLONSKAYA Born 18.03.1980 in Eupatoria. Prosecutor of Crimea. Actively implementing Russia's annexation of Crimea.
- Igor Sergeievich SHEVCHENKO Acting Prosecutor of Sevastopol. Actively implementing Russia's annexation of Sevastopol.