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Document 02012D0642-20180224

Consolidated text: Council Decision 2012/642/CFSP of 15 October 2012 concerning restrictive measures against Belarus

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COUNCIL DECISION 2012/642/CFSP

of 15 October 2012

concerning restrictive measures against Belarus

(OJ L 285 17.10.2012, p. 1)

Amended by:

 

 

Official Journal

  No

page

date

 M1

COUNCIL IMPLEMENTING DECISION 2013/248/CFSP of 29 May 2013

  L 143

24

30.5.2013

 M2

COUNCIL DECISION 2013/308/CFSP of 24 June 2013

  L 172

31

25.6.2013

 M3

COUNCIL DECISION 2013/534/CFSP of 29 October 2013

  L 288

69

30.10.2013

 M4

COUNCIL IMPLEMENTING DECISION 2014/24/CFSP of 20 January 2014

  L 16

32

21.1.2014

 M5

COUNCIL IMPLEMENTING DECISION 2014/439/CFSP of 8 July 2014

  L 200

13

9.7.2014

 M6

COUNCIL DECISION 2014/750/CFSP of 30 October 2014

  L 311

39

31.10.2014

 M7

COUNCIL IMPLEMENTING DECISION (CFSP) 2015/1142 of 13 July 2015

  L 185

20

14.7.2015

 M8

COUNCIL IMPLEMENTING DECISION (CFSP) 2015/1335 of 31 July 2015

  L 206

64

1.8.2015

 M9

COUNCIL DECISION (CFSP) 2015/1957 of 29 October 2015

  L 284

149

30.10.2015

►M10

COUNCIL DECISION (CFSP) 2016/280 of 25 February 2016

  L 52

30

27.2.2016

►M11

COUNCIL DECISION (CFSP) 2017/350 of 27 February 2017

  L 50

81

28.2.2017

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COUNCIL DECISION (CFSP) 2018/280 of 23 February 2018

  L 54

16

24.2.2018


Corrected by:

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Corrigendum, OJ L 297, 15.10.2014, p.  41 (2014/24/CFSP)

 C2

Corrigendum, OJ L 328, 13.11.2014, p.  61 (2014/439/CFSP)

 C3

Corrigendum, OJ L 176, 7.7.2015, p.  41 (2014/439/CFSP)




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COUNCIL DECISION 2012/642/CFSP

of 15 October 2012

concerning restrictive measures against Belarus



Article 1

1.  The sale, supply, transfer or export of arms and related material of all types, including weapons and ammunition, military vehicles and equipment, paramilitary equipment and spare parts for the aforementioned, as well as equipment which might be used for internal repression, to Belarus by nationals of Member States or from the territories of Member States or using their flag vessels or aircraft, shall be prohibited whether originating or not in their territories.

2.  It shall be prohibited to:

(a) provide, directly or indirectly, technical assistance, brokering services or other services related to the items referred to in paragraph 1 or related to the provision, manufacture, maintenance and use of such items, to any natural or legal person, entity or body in, or for use in, Belarus;

(b) provide, directly or indirectly, financing or financial assistance related to the items referred to in paragraph 1, including in particular grants, loans and export credit insurance, for any sale, supply, transfer or export of such items, or for the provision of related technical assistance, brokering services or other services to any natural or legal person, entity or body in, or for use in, Belarus;

(c) participate, knowingly and intentionally, in activities, the object or effect of which is to circumvent the prohibitions referred to in points (a) or (b).

Article 2

1.  Article 1 shall not apply to the:

(a) sale, supply, transfer or export of non-lethal military equipment or of equipment which might be used for internal repression, intended solely for humanitarian or protective use, or for institution building programmes of the United Nations (UN) and the Union, or for EU and UN crisis management operations;

(b) sale, supply, transfer or export of non-combat vehicles which have been manufactured or fitted with materials to provide ballistic protection, intended solely for protective use of personnel of the Union and its Member States in Belarus;

(c) provision of technical assistance, brokering services and other services related to such equipment or to such programmes and operations;

(d) provision of financing and financial assistance related to such equipment or to such programmes and operations,

on condition that such exports and assistance have been approved in advance by the relevant competent authority.

2.  Article 1 shall not apply to protective clothing, including flak jackets and military helmets, temporarily exported to Belarus by UN personnel, personnel of the Union or its Member States, representatives of the media and humanitarian and development workers and associated personnel, for their personal use only.

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3.  Article 1 shall not apply to biathlon equipment that complies with the specifications defined in the event and competition rules of the International Biathlon Union (IBU).

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4.  By derogation from Article 1, Member States may authorise the sale, supply, transfer or export of small-calibre sporting rifles, small-calibre sporting pistols and small-calibre ammunition, which are intended exclusively for use in sports events and sports training, or technical assistance or brokering services, financing or financial assistance related thereto.

The Union shall take the necessary measures to determine the relevant items to be covered by this paragraph.

5.  The Member State concerned shall notify the other Member States and the Commission of its intention to grant an authorisation pursuant to paragraph 4 at least ten days prior to the authorisation, including the type and quantity of the equipment concerned and the purpose for which it is intended, or the nature of the assistance or services related thereto.

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Article 3

1.  Member States shall take the necessary measures to prevent the entry into, or transit through, their territories of persons:

(a) responsible for serious violations of human rights or the repression of civil society and democratic opposition, or whose activities otherwise seriously undermine democracy or the rule of law in Belarus, or any person associated with them;

(b) benefiting from or supporting the Lukashenka regime,

as listed in the ►M10  Annex ◄ .

2.  Paragraph 1 shall not oblige a Member State to refuse its own nationals entry into its territory.

3.  Paragraph 1 shall be without prejudice to the cases where a Member State is bound by an obligation of international law, namely:

(a) as a host country of an international intergovernmental organisation;

(b) as a host country to an international conference convened by, or under the auspices of, the United Nations;

(c) under a multilateral agreement conferring privileges and immunities;

or

(d) under the 1929 Treaty of Conciliation (Lateran pact) concluded by the Holy See (State of the Vatican City) and Italy.

4.  Paragraph 3 shall be considered as applying also in cases where a Member State is host country of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

5.  The Council shall be duly informed in all cases where a Member State grants an exemption pursuant to paragraphs 3 or 4.

6.  Member States may grant exemptions from the measures imposed in paragraph 1 where travel is justified on the grounds of urgent humanitarian need, or on grounds of attending intergovernmental meetings, including those promoted or hosted by the Union, or hosted by a Member State holding the Chairmanship in office of the OSCE, where a political dialogue is conducted that directly promotes democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Belarus.

7.  A Member State wishing to grant exemptions referred to in paragraph 6 shall notify the Council in writing. The exemption shall be deemed to be granted unless one or more of the Council members raises an objection in writing within two working days of receiving notification of the proposed exemption. Should one or more of the Council members raise an objection, the Council, acting by a qualified majority, may decide to grant the proposed exemption.

8.  In cases where pursuant to paragraphs 3, 4, 6 and 7 a Member State authorises the entry into, or transit through, its territory of any person listed in the ►M10  Annex ◄ , the authorisation shall be limited to the purpose for which it is given and to the person concerned thereby.

Article 4

1.  All funds and economic resources belonging to, owned, held or controlled by:

(a) persons, entities or bodies responsible for serious violations of human rights or the repression of civil society and democratic opposition, or whose activities otherwise seriously undermine democracy or the rule of law in Belarus, or any natural or legal persons, entities or bodies associated with them, as well as legal persons, entities or bodies owned or controlled by them;

(b) natural or legal persons, entities or bodies benefiting from or supporting the Lukashenka regime, as well as legal persons, entities or bodies owned or controlled by them,

as listed in the ►M10  Annex ◄ shall be frozen.

2.  No funds or economic resources shall be made available, directly or indirectly, to or for the benefit of such natural or legal persons, entities or bodies listed in the ►M10  Annex ◄ .

Article 5

1.  The competent authority of a Member State may authorise the release of certain frozen funds or economic resources or the making available of certain funds or economic resources, under such conditions as it deems appropriate, after having determined that the funds or economic resources concerned are:

(a) necessary to satisfy the basic needs of any person listed in the ►M10  Annex ◄ and their dependent family members, including payments for foodstuffs, rent or mortgage, medicines and medical treatment, taxes, insurance premiums, and public utility charges;

(b) intended exclusively for the payment of reasonable professional fees and the reimbursement of incurred expenses associated with the provision of legal services;

(c) intended exclusively for the payment of fees or service charges for the routine holding or maintenance of frozen funds or economic resources;

(d) necessary for extraordinary expenses, provided that the competent authority has notified the grounds on which it considers that a specific authorisation should be granted to the other competent authorities and the Commission at least two weeks prior to the authorisation; or

(e) to be paid into or from an account of a diplomatic mission or consular post or an international organisation enjoying immunities in accordance with international law, in so far as such payments are intended to be used for official purposes of the diplomatic mission or consular post or international organisation.

Member States shall inform the other Member States and the Commission of any authorisation granted under this Article.

2.  Article 4(2) shall not apply to the addition to frozen accounts of:

(a) interest or other earnings on those accounts; or

(b) payments due under contracts, agreements or obligations that were concluded or arose prior to the date on which those accounts became subject to the provisions of Common Position 2006/276/CFSP, Council Decision 2010/639/CFSP or this Decision.

and provided that any such interest, other earnings and payments continue to be subject to Article 4(1) of this Decision.

3.  Article 4(1) shall not prevent a listed natural or legal person, entity or body from making a payment due under a contract entered into before the listing of such a natural or legal person, entity or body, provided that the relevant Member State has determined that the payment is not, directly or indirectly, received by a natural or legal person, entity or body referred to in Article 4(1).

Article 6

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1.  The Council, acting upon a proposal by a Member State or the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, shall adopt amendments to the list contained in the Annex as required by political developments in Belarus.

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2.  The Council shall communicate its decision, including the grounds for listing, to the person concerned, either directly, if the address is known, or through the publication of a notice, providing such person with an opportunity to present observations.

3.  Where observations are submitted, or where substantial new evidence is presented, the Council shall review its decision and inform the person concerned accordingly.

Article 7

In order to maximise the impact of the abovementioned measures, the Union shall encourage third States to adopt restrictive measures similar to those contained in this Decision.

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Article 8

1.  This Decision shall apply until 28 February 2019.

2.  This Decision shall be kept under constant review and shall be renewed or amended, as appropriate, if the Council deems that its objectives have not been met.

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Article 9

This Decision shall enter into force on 1 November 2012.

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ANNEX

Persons referred to in Articles 3(1) and 4(1)



 

Names

Transcription of Belarusian spelling

Transcription of Russian spelling

Names

(Belarusian spelling)

Names

(Russian spelling)

Identifying Information

Reasons for listing

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Navumau, Uladzimir Uladzimiravich

Naumov, Vladimir Vladimirovich

НАВУМАЎ, Уладзiмiр Уладзiмiравiч

НАУМОВ, Владимир Владимирович

DOB: 7.2.1956

POB: Smolensk (Russia)

Failed to take action to investigate the case of the unresolved disappearances of Yuri Zakharenko, Viktor Gonchar, Anatoly Krasovski and Dmitri Zavadski in Belarus in 1999-2000. Former Minister of Interior and also former Head of the President's Security Service. As a Minister of Interior he was responsible for the repression of peaceful demonstrations until his retirement on 6 April 2009 for health reasons. Received a residence in the Drozdy nomenklatura district in Minsk from the Presidential Administration. In October 2014, was awarded the Order ‘For Merit’ III degree by President Lukashenka.

2.

Paulichenka, Dzmitry Valerievich

Pavlichenko, Dmitri Valerievich (Pavlichenko, Dmitriy Valeriyevich)

ПАЎЛIЧЭНКА, Дзмiтрый Валер'евiч

ПАВЛИЧЕНКО, Дмитрий Валериевич

DOB: 1966

POB: Vitebsk

Белорусская ассоциация ветеранов спецподразделений войск МВД ‘Честь’

220028, Минск Маяковского, 111

Key person in the unresolved disappearances of Yuri Zakharenko, Viktor Gonchar, Anatoly Krasovski and Dmitri Zavadski in Belarus in 1999-2000. Former Head of the Special Response Group at the Ministry of Interior (SOBR).

Businessman, Head of ‘Honour’, the Ministry of Interior's Association of the veterans from special forces from the Ministry of Interior.

3.

Sheiman, Viktar Uladzimiravich (Sheyman, Viktar Uladzimiravich)

Sheiman, Viktor Vladimirovich (Sheyman, Viktor Vladimirovich)

ШЭЙМАН, Biктap Уладзiмiравiч

ШЕЙМАН, Виктор Владимирович

DOB: 26.5.1958

POB: Hrodna region

Address:

Управлениe

Делами Президента

ул. К.Маркса, 38

220016, г. Минск

Head of the Management Department of the President's Administration. Responsible for the unresolved disappearances of Yuri Zakharenko, Viktor Gonchar, Anatoly Krasovski and Dmitri Zavadski in Belarus in 1999-2000. Former Secretary of the Security Council. Sheiman remains a Special Assistant/Aid to the President.

4.

Sivakau, Iury Leanidavich (Sivakau, Yury Leanidavich)

Sivakov, Iury (Yurij, Yuri) Leonidovich

СIВАКАЎ, Юрый Леанiдавiч

СИВАКОВ, Юрий Леонидович

DOB: 5.8.1946

POB: Onory, Sakhalin Region

Address:

Белорусская ассоциация ветеранов спецподразделений войск МВД ‘Честь’

220028, Минск Маяковского, 111

Orchestrated the unresolved disappearances of Yuri Zakharenko, Viktor Gonchar, Anatoly Krasovski and Dmitri Zavadski in Belarus in 1999-2000. Former Minister of Tourism and Sports, former Minister of Interior and former Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration.

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