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Document 32023R1563

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2023/1563 of 28 July 2023 implementing Regulation (EU) No 269/2014 concerning restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine

ST/11609/2023/INIT

OJ L 190I , 28.7.2023, p. 1–8 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, GA, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

In force

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/reg_impl/2023/1563/oj

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Official Journal of the European Union

LI 190/1


COUNCIL IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2023/1563

of 28 July 2023

implementing Regulation (EU) No 269/2014 concerning restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

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

Having regard to Council Regulation (EU) No 269/2014 of 17 March 2014 concerning restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine (1), and in particular Article 14(1) thereof,

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

Whereas:

(1)

On 17 March 2014, the Council adopted Regulation (EU) No 269/2014.

(2)

The Union remains unwavering in its support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

(3)

In its conclusions of 23 March 2023, the European Council reiterated the Union’s resolute condemnation of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, which constitutes a manifest violation of the United Nations Charter. The European Council also reiterated that the Union remains committed to maintaining and increasing collective pressure on Russia, including through possible further restrictive measures. The European Council also stated that the Union will intensify its work with partners to counter false Russian narratives and disinformation about the war.

(4)

In the context of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, Russian actors have conducted a digital information manipulation campaign named ‘RRN’ (Recent Reliable News) aiming at manipulating information and disseminating propaganda in support of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine. That campaign, in which government bodies or bodies affiliated to the Russian State have participated, relies on fake web pages usurping the identity of national media outlets and government websites as well as fake accounts on social media.

(5)

In view of the gravity of the situation, the Council considers that seven persons and five entities responsible for actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine should be added to the list of natural and legal persons, entities and bodies subject to restrictive measures set out in Annex I to Regulation (EU) No 269/2014.

(6)

Annex I to Regulation (EU) No 269/2014 should therefore be amended accordingly,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Annex I to Regulation (EU) No 269/2014 is amended in accordance with 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, 28 July 2023.

For the Council

The President

P. NAVARRO RÍOS


(1)  OJ L 78, 17.3.2014, p. 6.


ANNEX

The following persons and entities are added to the list of natural and legal persons, entities and bodies set out in Annex I to Regulation (EU) No 269/2014:

 

Persons

 

Name

Identifying information

Statement of Reasons

Date of listing

‘1578.

Timofey Vladimirovitch VASSILIEV

Тимофей Bладимирович ВАСИЛЬЕВ

A.k.a. Timofey VI

Тимофей ВИ

Function: Head of the Department for strategic guidance of ANO Dialog

POB: Moscow, Russian Federation

Nationality: Russian

Gender: male

Timofey Vassiliev is the Head of the Department for strategic guidance of ANO Dialog, a Russian non-profit organisation created by the Moscow Department of Information and Technology (DIT) in 2019 and linked to the presidential administration, which has been disseminating online propaganda about the illegally annexed territories in Ukraine. Timofey Vassiliev, runs the popular “fact-checking” Telegram account and subsequent domains “War on Fakes” which spread disinformation about the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. Therefore, Timofey Vassiliev is responsible for supporting and implementing actions and policies which undermine and threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

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1579.

Ilya Andreïevitch GAMBACHIDZE

Илья Андреевич ГАМБАЧИДЗЕ

Function: Founder of Structura National Technologies and Social Design Agency

Nationality: Russian

Gender: male

Ilya Gambachidze is the founder of Structura National Technologies and Social Design Agency, two Russian entities involved in the Russian-led digital disinformation campaign “RRN” (Recent Reliable News) aiming at manipulating information and sharing disinformation in support of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. Ilya Gambachidze formerly worked as a counsellor to the Vice-President of the Duma, Piotr Tolstoi. Structura National Technologies and Social Design Agency has been identified as the key actor of the campaign, responsible for the creation of fake websites impersonating government organisations and legitimate media in Europe (primarily Germany, France, Italy, Ukraine and the United Kingdom) and for boosting the pro-Russian “RRN” campaign on social media. Therefore, Ilya Gambachidze is responsible for supporting and implementing actions and policies which undermine and threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

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1580.

Aleksandr Gennad’yevich STARUNSKY

Александр Геннадьевич СТАРУНСКИЙ

Function: Founder of the Institute of the Russian Diaspora

DOB: 12.6.1970

Gender: male

TIN: 771989171763

Aleksandr Starunsky is a Russian military intelligence officer and former commander of GRU PsyOps unit 54777. He is a founder of the Institute of the Russian Diaspora, a GRU front organisation and an integral part of the media organisation Inforos. The Institute of the Russian Diaspora owns an online media presence called russkie.org which disseminates Russian disinformation and propaganda about the war of aggression against Ukraine. Therefore, Aleksandr Starunsky is responsible for supporting and implementing actions and policies which undermine and threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

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1581.

Anastasia Sergeevna KIRILLOVA

Анастасия Сергеевна КИРИЛЛОВА

Function: General Director of Inforos

DOB: 13.12.1986

Gender: female

TIN: 771674318370

Anastasia Kirillova is a founder and General Director of Inforos, an online news agency responsible for setting up more than 270 media proxy online news outlets that disseminate propaganda in support of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. It is a front organisation for Unit 54777 of the Russian military intelligence service GRU, responsible for psychological operations. Therefore, Anastasia Kirillova is responsible for supporting and implementing actions and polices which undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

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1582.

Nina Viktorovna DOROKHOVA

Нина Викторовна ДОРОХОВА

Function: General Director of Inforos

DOB: 20.11.1965

Gender: female

TIN: 505202442068

Nina Dorokhova is a founder and General Director of Inforos, an online news agency responsible for setting up more than 270 media proxy online news outlets that disseminate propaganda in support of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. It is a front organisation for Unit 54777 of the Russian military intelligence service GRU, responsible for psychological operations. Therefore, Nina Dorokhova is responsible for supporting and implementing actions and policies which undermine and threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

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1583.

Sergey Yurievich PANTELEYEV

a.k.a. PANTELEEV

Сергей Юрьевич ПАНТЕЛЕЕВ

Function: Intelligence officer in GRU unit 54777

DOB: 15.3.1972

POB: Lugansk, Ukraine

Gender: male

TIN: 772916129659

Sergey Panteleyev is a member of GRU unit 54777 and founder of the Institute of the Russian Diaspora, a GRU front organisation and an integral part of Inforos’s online disinformation network. The Institute of the Russian Diaspora owns an online media presence called russkie.org which disseminates Russian disinformation and propaganda about the war of aggression against Ukraine. Therefore, Sergey Panteleyev is responsible for supporting and implementing actions and policies which undermine and threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

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1584.

Denis Valerievich TYURIN

Денис Валерьевич ТЮРИН

Function: GRU officer

DOB: 1.4.1976

POB: Moscow

Gender: male

TIN: 772807385405

Denis Tyurin is a GRU intelligence officer and founder of Inforos, an online news agency responsible for setting up more than 270 media proxy online news outlets that disseminate propaganda in support of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. It is a front organisation for Unit 54777 of the Russian military intelligence service GRU, responsible for psychological operations. Therefore, Denis Tyurin is responsible for supporting and implementing actions and policies which undermine and threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

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Entities

 

Name

Identifying information

Reasons

Date of listing

‘245.

Social Design Agency

a.k.a.

“Agentsvo Sotsialnogo Proektirovania aka ASP”

Address: Moscow Bolshoy Kislovsky per, 1, building 2

Type of entity: Technology and Information Company

Place of registration: Russia

Date of registration: established 2001

Principal place of business: Russia

Social Design Agency is a Russian IT company closely linked to Russian political power. Since 2022, it has been involved in the Russian-led digital disinformation campaign “RRN” (Recent Reliable News) aiming at manipulating information and sharing disinformation in support of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. Social Design Agency has been identified as a key actor of the campaign, responsible for the creation of fake websites impersonating government organisations and legitimate media in Europe (primarily Germany, France, Italy, Ukraine and the United Kingdom) and for boosting the pro-Russian “RRN” campaign on social media. Therefore, Social Design Agency is materially supporting actions which undermine and threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

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246.

Structura National Technologies

a.k.a.

“Struktura”

Russian:

ООО “ГК СТРУКТУРА”

Address: Moscow municipal district Arbat per Bolshoy Kislovskii 1 building 2 premises/room. i/42

Type of entity: Technology and Information Company.

Place of registration: Russia

Date of registration: established 2009

Registration number: TIN 7703438908

Principal place of business: Russia

Structura National Technologies is a Russian IT company closely linked to Russian political power. Since 2022, it has been involved in the Russian-led digital disinformation campaign “RRN” (Recent Reliable News) aiming at manipulating information and sharing disinformation in support of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. Structura National Technologies has been identified as a key actor of the campaign, responsible for the creation of fake websites impersonating government organisations and legitimate media in Europe (primarily Germany, France, Italy, Ukraine and the United Kingdom) and for boosting the pro-Russian “RRN” campaign on social media. Therefore, Structura National Technologies is materially supporting actions which undermine and threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

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247.

ANO Dialog

AHO Диалог

Address:119021, st. Timura Frunze, d.11, p.1, BC Demidov, Moscow

Type of entity: Autonomous non-profit organisation

Place of registration: Russia

Date of registration: 2019

Registration number: TIN 9709056472

Principal place of business: Russia

ANO Dialog is a Russian non-profit organisation created by the Moscow Department of Information and Technology (DIT) in 2019 and closely linked to the presidential administration. It is headed by Alexey Goreslavsky, former deputy head of the President's Department for Public Projects (OPS). ANO Dialog has been disseminating online propaganda about the illegally annexed territories in Ukraine. ANO Dialog provides instructions to the Readovka Telegram channel that publishes disinformation about the war of aggression against Ukraine in support of the Kremlin’s propaganda. ANO Dialog is linked to the popular “fact-checking” Telegram account and subsequent domains “War on Fakes”, run by ANO’s Head of Strategic Areas Development of ANO Dialog, Timofey Vasiliev, that disseminates fake news and propaganda about the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. Therefore, ANO Dialog is materially supporting actions which undermine and threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

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248.

Inforos OOO IA

ООО ИА ИНФОРОС

Address: 117218, MOSCOW, Intracity territory of the city of federal significance municipal district academic, 13 Krzhizhanovskogo str., k. 2, office 511

Type of entity: Media organisation

Place of registration: Moscow

Date of registration: 2/6/2003

TIN: 7727214569

Principal place of business: Moscow

Inforos is an online news agency responsible for setting up more than 270 media proxy online news outlets that disseminate propaganda in support of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. It is a front organisation for Unit 54777 of the Russian military intelligence service GRU, responsible for psychological operations.

The propaganda disseminated by Inforos and its various proxy outlets aims to propagate the idea of Ukraine as a “Nazi state” and to falsely paint the war of Russian aggression as a “proxy war” of “the west” against Russia and thus to undermine western support for Ukraine. Therefore, Inforos is materially supporting actions which undermine and threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

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249.

Institute of the Russian Diaspora

ИНСТИТУТ РУССКОГО ЗАРУБЕЖЬЯ

Address: 117218, MOSCOW CITY, str. Krzhizhanovskoy, d.13, str.2

Type of entity: “Advising on commercial activities and management”

Place of registration: Moscow

Date of registration: 3/11/2005

Registration number: TIN: 7727536630

Principal place of business: Moscow

The Institute of the Russian Diaspora is a GRU front organisation and an integral part of Inforos’s online disinformation network. It was co-founded by Inforos-founder Denis Tyurin. Additionally, Denis Tyurin has registered the official propaganda website of the Institute himself, using an official Inforos email address. The Institute owns an online media presence called russkie.org which disseminates Russian disinformation and propaganda about the war of aggression against Ukraine. Therefore, the Institute of the Russian diaspora is materially supporting actions and policies which undermine and threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

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