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Document 32022R0876

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/876 of 3 June 2022 implementing Article 8a(1) of Regulation (EC) No 765/2006 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Belarus and the involvement of Belarus in the Russian aggression against Ukraine

ST/8641/2022/INIT

OJ L 153, 3.6.2022, p. 1–10 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, GA, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

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ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/reg_impl/2022/876/oj

3.6.2022   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 153/1


COUNCIL IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2022/876

of 3 June 2022

implementing Article 8a(1) of Regulation (EC) No 765/2006 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Belarus and the involvement of Belarus in the Russian aggression against Ukraine

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 765/2006 of 18 May 2006 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Belarus and the involvement of Belarus in the Russian aggression against Ukraine (1), and in particular Article 8a(1) thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy,

Whereas:

(1)

On 18 May 2006, the Council adopted Regulation (EC) No 765/2006.

(2)

In view of the gravity of the situation in Belarus and the continuing violations of human rights and repression of civil society and democratic opposition, 12 individuals and eight entities should be included in the list of natural and legal persons, entities and bodies subject to restrictive measures set out in Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 765/2006.

(3)

Regulation (EC) No 765/2006 should therefore be amended accordingly,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 765/2006 is hereby amended as set out in the Annex to this Regulation.

Article 2

This Regulation shall enter into force on the date of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Done at Brussels, 3 June 2022.

For the Council

The President

C. COLONNA


(1)   OJ L 134, 20.5.2006, p. 1.


ANNEX

Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 765/2006 is amended as follows:

(1)

the following natural persons are added to table ‘A. Natural persons referred to in Article 2(1)’:

 

Names

(Transliteration of Belarusian spelling) (Transliteration of Russian spelling)

Names

(Belarusian spelling)

(Russian spelling)

Identifying information

Reasons for listing

Date of listing

‘184.

Ihar Vasilievich KARPENKA

Igor Vasilievich KARPENKO

Iгар Васiльевiч КАРПЕНКА

Игорь Васильевич КАРПЕНКО

Position(s): Chairperson of the Central Commission of the Republic of Belarus on Elections and Holding Republican Referenda

DOB: 28.4.1964

Gender: male

Nationality: Belarusian

In his position as Chairperson of the Central Commission of the Republic of Belarus on Elections and Holding Republican Referenda since 13 December 2021, Ihar Karpenka is responsible for the organisation and holding of the constitutional referendum of 27 February 2022, which does not meet the international standards of rule of law, democracy and human rights and does not meet the criteria set by the Venice Commission. In particular, the drafting process was not transparent and did not involve civil society or the democratic opposition in exile.

He is therefore responsible for seriously undermining democracy and the rule of law in Belarus.

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185.

Dzmitry Aliakseevich ALEKSIN

Dmitry Alexeevich OLEKSIN

Дзмiтрый Аляксеевiч АЛЕКСIН

Дмитрий Алексеевич ОЛЕКСИН

Position(s): Son of Aliaksei Aleksin, shareholder of Belneftgaz, Energo-Oil and Grantlo (formerly Energo-Oil-Invest)

DOB: 25.4.1987

Gender: male

Nationality: Belarusian

Dzmitry Aleksin is the son of Aliaksei Aleksin, a prominent Belarusian businessman. In 2021 he became the co-owner of companies owned by or associated with his father, including Energo-Oil, Belneftgaz and Grantlo (formerly Energo-Oil-Invest). Those companies were given preferential treatment based on presidential decrees signed by Aliaksandr Lukashenka: Inter Tobacco was given exclusive privileges to import tobacco products to Belarus, while Belneftgaz was appointed national transit monitoring operator.

He is therefore benefitting from the Lukashenka regime.

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186.

Vital Aliakseevich ALEKSIN

Vitaliy Alexeevich OLEKSIN

Вiталь Аляксеевiч АЛЯКСIН

Виталий Алексеевич ОЛЕКСИН

Position(s): Son of Aliaksei Aleksin, shareholder of Belneftgaz, Energo-Oil and Grantlo (formerly Energo-Oil-Invest)

DOB: 29.8.1997

Gender: male

Nationality: Belarusian

Vital Aleksin is the son of Aliaksei Aleksin, a prominent Belarusian businessman. In 2021 he became the co-owner of companies owned by or associated with his father, including Energo-Oil, Belneftgaz and Grantlo (formerly Energo-Oil-Invest). Those companies were given preferential treatment based on presidential decrees signed by Aliaksandr Lukashenka: Inter Tobacco was given exclusive privileges to import tobacco products to Belarus, while Belneftgaz was appointed national transit monitoring operator.

He is therefore benefitting from the Lukashenka regime.

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187.

Bogoljub KARIĆ

Богољуб КАРИЋ

Боголюб КАРИЧ

Position(s): Serbian businessman and politician, associated with the company Dana Holdings

DOB: 17.1.1954

POB: Peja/Pec, Kosovo

Gender: male

Nationality: Serbian

Passport number: 012830978 (valid until 27.12.2026)

Bogoljub Karić is a Serbian businessman and politician. Together with his family members, he developed a network of real estate companies in Belarus and has cultivated a network of contacts with the family of Aliaksandr Lukashenka. In particular, he has been closely associated with Dana Holdings and its former subsidiary Dana Astra, and he reportedly represented those entities during meetings with Lukashenka. The Minsk World project, which was developed by a company associated with Karić, was described by Lukashenka as “an example of cooperation of the Slavonic world”. Thanks to those close relationships with Lukashenka and his entourage, companies associated with Karić received preferential treatment from the Lukashenka regime, including tax breaks and plots of land for real estate development.

He is therefore benefitting from and supporting the Lukashenka regime.

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188.

Andrii SICH

Andrey SYCH

Андрiй СИЧ

Андрей СЫЧ

Position(s): Co-host of programme “Platform” on state-owned television channel “Belarus 1”

Member of organisation “Rusj molodaja”

DOB: 20.9.1990

POB: Belarus

Gender: male

Nationality: Belarusian

Andrii Sich is a co-host of the programme “Platform” on state-owned television channel “Belarus 1”. In that position, he has supported regime narratives that aim to discredit independent media, undermine democracy and justify repression. He has supported the Lukashenka regime’s narrative about Western states’ intentions to organise a coup d’état in Belarus and called for harsh punishments for those allegedly involved, supported disinformation campaigns about mistreatment of migrants arriving in the Union from Belarus, and promoted the image of independent media as agents of foreign influence whose activity should be restricted.

He is therefore supporting the Lukashenka regime.

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189.

Dzianis Aliaksandravich MIKUSHEU

Denis Alexandrovich MIKUSHEV

Дзянiс Аляксандравiч МIКУШЭЎ

Денис Александрович МИКУШЕВ

Position(s): Head of the Department for Supervision of Compliance with the Law of Court Decisions in Criminal Cases of the Prosecutor’s Office of the Gomel Region/Oblast; senior legal adviser

DOB: 21.3.1980

Gender: male

Nationality: Belarusian

Dzianis Mikusheu is the Head of the Department for Supervision of Compliance with the Law of Court Decisions in Criminal Cases of the Prosecutor’s Office of the Gomel Region/Oblast and senior legal adviser. In that position, he is responsible for initiating the prosecutions of Siarhei Tsikhanouski, Artsiom Sakau, Dzmitry Papou, lhar Losik, Uladzimir Tsyhanovich and Mikalai Statkevich. He contributed to the arbitrary detention of Siarhei Tsikhanouski, as presented in the report by the Human Rights Council’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

He is therefore responsible for serious human rights violations and for undermining the rule of law, as well as for the repression of civil society and democratic opposition.

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190.

Mikalai Ivanavich DOLIA

Nikolai Ivanovich DOLYA

Мiĸалай Iванавiч ДОЛЯ

Ниĸолай Иванович ДОЛЯ

Position(s): Judge at the Gomel Regional Court

DOB: 3.7.1979

Gender: male

Nationality: Belarusian

Personal ID: 3070379H041PBI

Mikalai Dolia is a judge at the Gomel Regional Court. ln that position, he is responsible for sentencing Siarhei Tsikhanouski, Artsiom Sakau, Dzmitry Papou, lhar Losik, Uladzimir Tsyhanovich and Mikalai Statkevich to disproportionally lengthy prison terms. He contributed to the arbitrary detention of Siarhei Tsikhanouski, as presented in the report by the Human Rights Council’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

He is therefore responsible for serious violations of human rights and for undermining the rule of law, as well as for the repression of civil society and democratic opposition.

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191.

Andrei Yauhenavich PARSHYN

Andrei Yevgenevich PARSHIN

Андрэй Яўгенавiч ПАРШЫН

Андрей Евгеньевич ПАРШИН

Position(s): Head of the Main Department for Combating Organised Crime and Corruption in Belarus (GUBOPiK)

DOB: 19.2.1974

Address: 4A Skryganova St., Apt. 211, Minsk, Belarus

Gender: male

Nationality: Belarusian

Andrei Parshyn is the Head of the Main Department for Combating Organised Crime and Corruption (GUBOPiK) in the Ministry of Internal Affairs since 2021. GUBOPiK is one of the main bodies responsible for political persecution in Belarus, including arbitrary and unlawful arrests and ill-treatment, including torture, of activists and members of civil society.

GUBOPiK has published on its Telegram profile videos of forced confessions by Belarusian activists and ordinary citizens, exposing them to the Belarusian general public and using them as a tool for political pressure. GUBOPiK also detained Mark Bernstein, one of the top Russian-language Wikipedia editors, for publishing information on the Russian aggression against Ukraine, considered as anti-Russian “fake news”.

Andrei Parshyn is therefore responsible for serious violations of human rights and for the repression of civil society in Belarus.

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192.

Ihar Piatrovich TUR

Igor Petrovich TUR

Iгар Пятровiч ТУР

Игорь Петрович ТУР

Position(s): Employee of state-owned television channel “ONT”, author and anchor of several programmes (“Propaganda”, “To be completed”)

DOB: 26.3.1989

POB: Grodno/Hrodna, Belarus

Gender: male

Nationality: Belarusian

Ihar Tur is an employee of the state-owned television channel “ONT” and one of the main propagandists of the Lukashenka regime. He is the host of the “Propaganda” programme, in which he calls for violence, discredits opposition activists and promotes videos with forced confessions from political prisoners. He is the author of a number of false reports on protests by the Belarusian opposition, and of disinformation regarding events in the Union and regarding attacks on civil society. He is also responsible for spreading disinformation and violence-inciting messages online. He was awarded a medal by Aliaksandr Lukashenka for his work in the media.

He is therefore benefitting from and supporting the Lukashenka regime.

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193.

Lyudmila Leanidauna HLADKAYA

Lyudmila Leonidovna GLADKAYA

Людмiла Леанiдаўна ГЛАДКАЯ

Людмила Леонидовна ГЛАДКАЯ

Position(s): Special correspondent of “SB Belarus Segodnya” newspaper, presenter on state-owned television channel “Belarus 1”

DOB: 30.6.1983

Address: 8A Vodolazhsky St., apt. 45, Minsk, Belarus

Gender: female

Nationality: Belarusian

Lyudmila Hladkaya is one of the most prominent propagandists of the Lukashenka regime. She is an employee of the newspaper “SB Belarus Segodnya” and an associate of other pro-regime media, including state-owned television channel “Belarus 1”. She frequently uses hate speech and derogatory language while speaking of democratic opposition. She has also conducted numerous “interviews” with unjustly detained Belarusian citizens, often students, showing them in humiliating situations and mocking them. She has promoted repression by the Belarusian security apparatus and taken part in disinformation and information manipulation campaigns. She is publicly voicing support for Aliaksandr Lukashenka and expressing pride in serving his regime. For her work, she has been publicly praised by and received awards from Lukashenka.

She is therefore benefitting from and supporting the Lukashenka regime.

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194.

Ryhor Yuryevich AZARONAK

Grigoriy Yurevich AZARYONOK

Рыгор Юр’евiч АЗАРОНАК

Григорий Юрьевич АЗАРЁНОК

Position(s): Employee of state-owned television channel “CTV”, author and host of several programmes (“Secret Springs of Politics”, “Order of Judas”, “Panopticon”)

Rank: Lieutenant in reserve

DOB: 18.10.1995

POB: Minsk, Belarus

Gender: male

Nationality: Belarusian

Ryhor Azaronak is one of the chief propagandists of the Lukashenka regime. He is a political columnist, author and the host of weekly propaganda shows on the state-owned television channel “CTV”. In his broadcasts he endorsed violence against dissenters of the Lukashenka regime, and systematically used derogatory language about activists, journalists and other opponents of the Lukashenka regime. He received an award with the medal “For Courage” from Aliaksandr Lukashenka.

He is therefore benefitting from and supporting the Lukashenka regime.

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195.

Ivan Ivanavich GALAVATYI

Ivan Ivanovich GOLOVATY

Iван Iванавiч ГАЛАВАТЫ

Иван Иванович ГОЛОВАТЫЙ

Position(s): Director-General of the Open Joint Stock Company “Belaruskali”

Member of the Standing Committee of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus for Foreign Affairs and National Security

DOB: 15.6.1976

POB: Pogost Settlement, Soligorsk District, Minsk Province, Belarus

Gender: male

Nationality: Belarusian

Ivan Galavatyi is the Director-General of the state-owned enterprise Belaruskali, which is a major source of revenue and foreign currency for the Lukashenka regime. He is a member of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly and holds multiple other high positions in Belarus. He has received multiple state awards, including directly from Aliaksandr Lukashenka, during his career. He has been closely associated with Lukashenka and members of his family. He is therefore benefitting from and supporting the Lukashenka regime.

The employees of Belaruskali who took part in strikes and peaceful protests in the aftermath of the fraudulent August 2020 presidential elections in Belarus were deprived of premiums and dismissed. Lukashenka himself personally threatened to replace the strikers with miners from Ukraine. Ivan Galavatyi is therefore responsible for the repression of civil society.

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(2)

the following legal persons are added to table ‘B. Legal persons, entities and bodies referred to in Article 2(1)’:

 

Names

(Transliteration of Belarusian spelling)

(Transliteration of Russian spelling)

Names

(Belarusian spelling)

(Russian spelling)

Identifying information

Reasons for listing

Date of listing

‘28.

Open Joint Stock Company “Belaruskali”

Адкрытае акцыянернае таварыства “Беларуськалiй”

Открытое акционерное общество “Беларуськалий”

Address: 5 Korzha St., Soligorsk, 223710 Minsk Region/Oblast, Belarus

Date of registration: 23.12.1996

Registration number: 600122610

OJSC Belaruskali is a state-owned enterprise and one of the biggest potash producers in the world, providing 20 % of global potash exports. As such, it is a major source of revenue and foreign currency for the Lukashenka regime. Aliaksandr Lukashenka described it as “a national treasure, pride, one of the pillars of Belarusian exports”. Therefore, Belaruskali benefits from and supports the Lukashenka regime.

Employees of Belaruskali who took part in strikes and peaceful protests in the aftermath of the fraudulent August 2020 presidential elections in Belarus were intimidated and dismissed by the company’s management. Lukashenka himself personally threatened to replace the strikers with miners from Ukraine. Therefore, Belaruskali is responsible for the repression of civil society in Belarus and supports the Lukashenka regime.

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29.

Joint Stock Company “Belarusian Potash Company”

ААТ “Беларуская калiйная кампанiя”

ОАО “Белорусская калийная компания”

Address: 35 Masherova Ave., 220002 Minsk, Belarus

Date of registration: 13.9.2013

Registration number: 192050251

Tel. +375 (17) 309-30-10; +375 (17) 309-30-30

E-mail address: info@belpc.by

JSC Belarusian Potash Company is the exporting arm of Belarusian state potash producer Belaruskali. Belaruskali is one of the largest sources of revenue for the Lukashenka regime. Supplies from the Belarusian Potash Company account for 20 % of global potash exports.

The state guarantees the Belarusian Potash Company monopoly rights to export potassium fertilizers. Thanks to preferential treatment from the Belarusian authorities, the company earns a substantial revenue. Therefore, the Belarusian Potash Company benefits from and supports the Lukashenka regime.

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30.

“Inter Tobacco” LLC

Таварыства з абмежаванай адказнасцю “Iнтэр Табак”

Общество с ограниченной ответственностью “Интер Тобако”

Address: 131 Novodvorskiy village, Novodvorskiy village council, Minsk District, 223016 Minsk Region/Oblast, Belarus (Minsk Free Economic Zone)

Date of registration: 10.10.2002

Registration number: 808000714

Inter Tobacco LLC is part of the tobacco manufacturing industry in Belarus. It has a significant share of the profitable domestic cigarette market in Belarus. The company was given exclusive privileges to import tobacco products to Belarus, based on a decree signed by Aliaksandr Lukashenka. Additionally, Lukashenka issued a Presidential decree to re-draw the boundaries of Belarus’s capital, Minsk, to carve out land for Inter Tobacco’s factory, probably for reasons related to tax evasion. Inter Tobacco belongs to Alexei Oleksin and members of his close family (it is owned by Oleksin’s company Energo-Oil).

Therefore, Inter Tobacco is benefitting from the Lukashenka regime.

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31.

Open Joint Stock Company “Naftan”

Адкрытае акцыянернае таварыства “Нафтан”

Открытое акционерное общество “Нафтан”

Address: Novopolotsk 1, 211440 Vitebsk Region/Oblast, Belarus

Date of registration: 1992

Registration number: 300042199

As a state-owned enterprise, OJSC Naftan is a major source of revenue and foreign currency for the Lukashenka regime. Therefore, Naftan benefits from and supports the Lukashenka regime.

Employees of Naftan who took part in strikes and peaceful protests in the aftermath of the fraudulent August 2020 presidential elections in Belarus were intimidated and dismissed by the company’s management. Therefore, Naftan is responsible for the repression of civil society in Belarus and supports the Lukashenka regime.

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32.

Open Joint Stock Company “Grodno Tobacco Factory Neman”

Адкрытае акцыянернае таварыства “Гродзенская тытунёвая фабрыка Нёман”

Oткрытое акционерное общество “Гродненская табачная фабрика Неман”

Address: 18 Ordzhonikidze St., 230771 Grodno/Hrodna, Belarus

Date of registration: 30.12.1996

Registration number: 500047627

OJSC Grodno Tobacco Factory Neman is a Belarusian state-owned enterprise and one of the major sources of revenue for the Lukashenka regime. The company has a 70-80 % share of the tobacco market in Belarus. Grodno Tobacco Factory Neman therefore benefits from and supports the Lukashenka regime.

Manufactured in Belarus, Grodno Tobacco Factory Neman brands are among the most common cigarettes smuggled into the Union as part of the lucrative contraband tobacco trade. Train cars belonging to Belarusian state-owned companies Belaruskali and Grodno Azot are used in the contraband scheme. Grodno Tobacco Factory Neman therefore contributes to facilitating the illegal transfer of restricted goods into the territory of the Union.

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33.

Beltamozhservice

Рэспублiканскае унiтарнае прадпрыемства “Белмытсэрвiс”

Республиканское унитарное предприятие “Белтаможсервис”

Address: 17th km, Minsk- Dzerzhinsk highway, administrative building, office 75, Shchomyslitsky s/s, 223049 Minsk Region/Oblast, Belarus

Date of registration: 9.6.1999

Registration number: 101561144

Beltamozhservice is a state-owned company and one of the largest logistics companies in Belarus. It is closely associated with the Belarusian authorities and is involved in the smuggling and re-export of goods from Belarus to Russia. The company benefits from links with the Belarusian authorities and provides significant revenue to the Lukashenka regime. Beltamozhservice is therefore benefitting from and supporting the Lukashenka regime.

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34.

Open Joint Stock Company “Managing Company of Holding ‘Belkommunmash’”

Адкрытае акцыянернае таварыства “Кiруючая кампанiя холдынгу ‘Белкамунмаш’”

Открытое акционерное общество “Управляющая компания холдинга ‘Белкоммунмаш’”

Address: 64B-2 Perekhodnaya St., 220070 Minsk, Belarus

Date of registration: 13.8.1991

Registration number: 100205408

Belkommunmash is a Belarusian manufacturer of public transport vehicles. Aliaksandr Lukashenka is promoting Belkommunmash’s business, guaranteeing the company’s compliance with its contractual obligations to its partners and using his influence to support its business activity. Belkommunmash is therefore benefitting from the Lukashenka regime.

Belkommunmash dismissed workers in retaliation for their protest against falsified presidential election results in 2020, and is therefore responsible for the repression of civil society and supports the Lukashenka regime.

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Belteleradio Company / National State Television and Radio Company of the Republic of Belarus

Нацыянальная дзяржаўная тэлерадыёкампанiя Рэспублiкi Беларусь / Белтэлерадыёкампанiя

Национальная государственная телерадиокомпания Республики Беларусь / Белтелерадиокомпания

Address: 9 Makayonka St., Minsk, Belarus

Date of registration: 14.9.1994

Registration number: 100717729

Website: tvr.by

Belteleradio Company is the state television and radio broadcasting company, and controls seven television channels and five radio stations in Belarus. In the aftermath of fraudulent presidential elections in August 2020, Belteleradio Company dismissed protesting workers of the media outlets it controls and replaced them with Russian media employees. It is therefore responsible for the repression of civil society.

The television and radio stations supervised by Belteleradio Company are actively spreading propaganda and thus supporting the Lukashenka regime.

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