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Document 32024R1493

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2024/1493 of 27 May 2024 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/9654/2024/INIT

OJ L, 2024/1493, 27.5.2024, ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/reg_impl/2024/1493/oj (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/2024/1493/oj

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2024/1493

27.5.2024

COUNCIL IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2024/1493

of 27 May 2024

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)

In its conclusions of 24 February 2022, the European Council condemned in the strongest possible terms the Russian Federation’s unprovoked and unjustified military aggression against Ukraine. By its illegal military actions, Russia is grossly violating international law and the principles of the Charter of the United Nations, and undermining European and global security and stability. The European Council called for the urgent preparation and adoption of a further individual and economic sanctions package. The European Council called on Russia and Russia-backed armed formations to stop their disinformation campaign.

(3)

In its conclusions of 21 and 22 March 2024, the European Council reaffirmed the Union’s steadfast support for Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders and its inherent right of self-defence against the Russian aggression. It also called for further steps to weaken Russia’s ability to continue waging its war of aggression, including by strengthening the sanctions.

(4)

The Russian Federation has engaged in a systematic, international campaign of media manipulation and distortion of facts in order to enhance its strategy of destabilisation of its neighbouring countries, and of the Union and its Member States. In particular, the propaganda has repeatedly and consistently targeted European political parties, especially during election periods, as well as targeting civil society, asylum seekers, Russian ethnic minorities, gender minorities, and the functioning of democratic institutions in the Union and its Member States.

(5)

In order to justify and support its war of aggression against Ukraine, the Russian Federation has engaged in continuous and concerted propaganda actions targeted at civil society in the Union and neighbouring countries, gravely distorting and manipulating facts.

(6)

Those propaganda actions have been channelled through a number of media outlets under the permanent direct or indirect control of the leadership of the Russian Federation. Such actions constitute a significant and direct threat to the Union’s public order and security. Those media outlets are essential and instrumental in bringing forward and supporting the aggression against Ukraine, and for the destabilisation of its neighbouring countries.

(7)

In view of the gravity of the situation, it is appropriate to adopt further restrictive measures.

(8)

In particular, the Council considers that two persons and one entity responsible for, supporting or implementing actions or policies 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.

(9)

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, 27 May 2024.

For the Council

The President

J. BORRELL FONTELLES


(1)   OJ L 78, 17.3.2014, p. 6.


ANNEX

The following persons and entity 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

Reasons

Date of listing

‘1753.

Artem Pavlovich MARCHEVSKYI

a.k.a. Artem Pavlovich MARCHEVSKIJ

a.k.a. Artěm Pavlovič MARČEVSKIJ

(Артем Павлович МАРЧЕВСЬКИЙ)

Function: Politician, Media Producer, Propagandist

DOB: 5.7.1988

POB: Kyiv, USSR, now Ukraine

Nationality: Ukrainian, Israeli

Gender: male

Taxpayer Identification Number: 3232824038

Artem Marchevskyi is a former Ukrainian politician, who is closely associated with Viktor Medvedchuk, a former Ukrainian politician and businessperson.

As of April 2022, Artem Marchevskyi has been under investigation in absentia by the State Bureau of Investigation of Ukraine for acts against Ukraine.

Artem Marchevskyi played a key role in the acquisition of a media brand, Voice of Europe, and the incorporation of its activity in a limited liability company of the same name domiciled in Prague. As the concealed head of Voice of Europe, Artem Marchevskyi has played an instrumental role in disseminating concerted disinformation and biased narratives aimed at undermining the credibility and public image of Ukraine and its efforts to defend itself against Russia’s war of aggression.

Artem Marchevskyi has used Voice of Europe as a vehicle for funnelling financial resources designated for the remuneration of propagandists, and for the building of an influence network connecting Medvedchuk and his associates with representatives of political parties in Europe. Therefore, Artem Marchevskyi is supporting and implementing actions and policies which undermine and threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

27.5.2024

1754.

Viktor Volodymyrovych MEDVEDCHUK

a.k.a. Viktor Volodymyrovič MEDVEDČUK

(Russian: Виктор Владимирович МЕДВЕДЧУК;

Ukrainian: Віктор Володимирович МЕДВЕДЧУК)

Function: Politician, Businessman, de facto media owner

DOB: 7.8.1954

POB: Pochet, Krasnoyarsk Krai, USSR (now Russian Federation)

Nationality: Russian

Gender: male

Taxpayer Identification Number: 1994214296

Viktor Medvedchuk is a former Ukrainian politician and businessperson, who has been the leading proponent of a pro-Russian policy in Ukraine and who has promoted policies and actions intended to erode the credibility and legitimacy of the Government of Ukraine.

Viktor Medvedchuk has close personal ties to and is associated with the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin.

Through his associates, including Artem Marchevskyi, Viktor Medvedchuk controlled Ukrainian media outlets and used them to disseminate pro-Russian propaganda in Ukraine and beyond.

After the start of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, Viktor Medvedchuk spread Russian propaganda narratives about the war, undermining Ukrainian sovereignty. To that end, Viktor Medvedchuk founded in April 2023 in Russia a political movement called “Another Ukraine”.

With his associates and associated entities, including Marchevskyi and the Voice of Europe media channel, Viktor Medvedchuk has continued funding and carrying out influence operations targeting political parties and individual politicians in Europe. Those activities have included providing financial resources to individual political actors in Europe. Viktor Medvedchuk has directed and maintained control over the malign activities of Marchevskyi and Voice of Europe, using Marchevskyi’s de facto direction of Voice of Europe.

Therefore, Viktor Medvedchuk is supporting and implementing actions and policies which undermine and threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

27.5.2024’;

Entities

 

Name

Identifying information

Reasons

Date of listing

‘426.

VOICE OF EUROPE S.R.O.

Address: Krakovská 583/9, 110 00 Prague, Czech Republic

Place of registration: Prague, Czech Republic

Date of registration: 14.3.2023

Registration number: CZ05185327

Principal place of business: Czech Republic

Voice of Europe is an online media outlet, which has engaged in a systematic, international campaign of media manipulation and distortion of facts in order to enhance the destabilisation of Ukraine and the Union and its Member States, and to justify Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine.

Voice of Europe runs a website and has accounts on Facebook, YouTube, Telegram and X which actively spread disinformation related to Ukraine and promoting pro-Kremlin false narratives about Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine.

Voice of Europe is secretly financed and directed by Viktor Medvedchuk through his associate Artem Marchevskyi. Voice of Europe is an instrumental tool to disseminate concerted disinformation and biased narratives aimed at undermining the credibility and public image of Ukraine and its efforts to defend itself against Russia’s war of aggression.

Additionally, Voice of Europe has been used as a vehicle for the funnelling of financial resources designated for the remuneration of propagandists and the building of an influence network connecting Medvedchuk and his associates with representatives of political parties in Europe.

Therefore, Voice of Europe is supporting materially and financially actions which undermine and threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

27.5.2024’.


ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/reg_impl/2024/1493/oj

ISSN 1977-0677 (electronic edition)


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