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Document 32021D2125

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2021/2125 of 2 December 2021 implementing Decision 2012/642/CFSP concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Belarus

ST/13206/2021/INIT

OJ L 430I , 2.12.2021, p. 16–30 (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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Official Journal of the European Union

LI 430/16


COUNCIL IMPLEMENTING DECISION (CFSP) 2021/2125

of 2 December 2021

implementing Decision 2012/642/CFSP concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Belarus

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty on European Union, and in particular Article 31(2) thereof,

Having regard to Council Decision 2012/642/CFSP of 15 October 2012 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Belarus (1), and in particular Article 6(1) thereof,

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

Whereas:

(1)

On 15 October 2012, the Council adopted Decision 2012/642/CFSP concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Belarus.

(2)

On 21 and 22 October 2021, the European Council adopted conclusions in which it declared that it will not accept any attempt by third countries to instrumentalise migrants for political purposes, condemned all hybrid attacks at the Union’s borders and affirmed that it will respond accordingly. It underlined that the Union will continue countering the ongoing hybrid attack launched by the Belarusian regime, including by adopting further restrictive measures against persons and legal entities, in line with its gradual approach, as a matter of urgency.

(3)

In its Decision (CFSP) 2021/1990 (2) of 15 November 2021, the Council amended the designation criteria in Decision 2012/642/CFSP to allow for the application of targeted restrictive measures against natural or legal persons, entities or bodies organising or contributing to activities by the Lukashenka regime that facilitate the illegal crossing of the external borders of the Union or the transfer of prohibited goods and the illegal transfer of restricted goods, including hazardous goods, into the territory of a Member State.

(4)

In view of the gravity of the situation in Belarus, 17 persons and 11 entities should be included in the list of natural and legal persons, entities and bodies subject to restrictive measures set out in the Annex to Decision 2012/642/CFSP.

(5)

The Annex to Decision 2012/642/CFSP should therefore be amended accordingly,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

The Annex to Decision 2012/642/CFSP is hereby amended as set out in the Annex to this Decision.

Article 2

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

Done at Brussels, 2 December 2021.

For the Council

The President

J. VRTOVEC


(1)  OJ L 285, 17.10.2012, p. 1.

(2)  Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/1990 of 15 November 2021 amending Decision 2012/642/CFSP concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Belarus (OJ L 405, 16.11.2021, p. 10).


ANNEX

The Annex to Decision 2012/642/CFSP is amended as follows:

(1)

the following natural persons are added to table ‘A. Natural persons referred to in Articles 3(1) and 4(1)’:

 

Names

Transliteration of Belarusian spelling

Transliteration of Russian spelling

Names

(Belarusian spelling)

(Russian spelling)

Identifying Information

Reasons for listing

Date of listing

‘167.

Ihar Anatolevich KRUCHKOU

Igor Anatolevich KRIUCHKOV

Iгар Анатольевiч КРУЧКОЎ

Игорь Анатольевич КРЮЧКОВ

Head of Separate Service for Active Measures (ASAM) of the Special Forces of the State Border Committee

DOB: 13.4.1976

Gender: male

Nationality: Belarusian

Personal ID: 3130476M077PB6

In his position as Head of Separate Service for Active Measures (ASAM) of the Special Forces of the State Border Committee, Ihar Kruchkou is responsible for actions of forces under his command, who are involved in the physical transportation of migrants inside Belarus to the border between Belarus and Union Member States. ASAM charges the transported migrants for the border crossing. Those actions are implemented as part of operation “Gate”.

He is therefore contributing to activities by the Lukashenka regime that facilitate the illegal crossing of the external borders of the Union.

2.12.2021

168.

Anatol Piatrovich LAPO

Anatoliy Petrovich LAPPO

Анатоль Пятровiч ЛАПО/ЛАППО

Анатолии Петрович ЛАППО

Lieutenant General, Chairman of the State Border Committee of the Republic of Belarus (appointed on 29 December 2016), Chief State Border Delegate

DOB: 24.5.1963

POB: Kulakovka, Mogilev Region/Oblast, former USSR (now Belarus)

Gender: male

Nationality: Belarusian

Passport number: MP4098888

Personal ID: 3240563K033PB5

In his position as Chairman of the State Border Committee, Anatol Lapo is responsible for actions of border control bodies under his command, whose border guards were documented as directing, guiding or forcing migrants to illegally cross the border between Belarus and Union Member States, and whose deliberate failure to carry out their duties properly facilitates attempts by migrants to cross that border.

He is therefore responsible for organising activities by the Lukashenka regime that facilitate the illegal crossing of the external borders of the Union.

2.12.2021

169.

Kanstantsin Henadzevich MOLASTAU

Konstantin Gennadevich MOLOSTOV

Канстанцiн Генадзьевiч МОЛАСТАЎ

Константин Геннадьевич МОЛОСТОВ

Colonel, Head of the Grodno Border Group (appointed on 1 October 2014), Military Unit 2141, State Border Delegate

DOB: 30.5.1970

POB: Krasnoarmeysk, Saratov Region, Russian Federation

Gender: male

Nationality: Belarusian

Passport number: KH2479999Personal ID: 3300570K025PB3

In his position as Head of the Grodno Border Group, Kanstantsin Molastau is responsible for actions of border guards under his command. The deliberate failure of the Grodno Border Group to carry out its duties properly facilitates attempts by migrants to cross the border with Union Member States.

He is therefore contributing to activities by the Lukashenka regime that facilitate the illegal crossing of the external borders of the Union.

2.12.2021

170.

Pavel Mikalaevich KHARCHANKA

Pavel Nikolaevich KHARCHENKO

Павел Мiкалаевiч Харчанка

Павел Николаевич ХАРЧЕНКО

Head of the Polotsk Border Detachment

DOB: 29.3.1981

POB: Chita, former USSR (now Russian Federation)

Gender: male

Nationality: Belarusian

In his position as Head of the Polotsk Border Detachment, Pavel Kharchanka is responsible for actions of border guards under his command. The deliberate failure of the Polotsk Border Detachment to carry out its duties properly facilitates attempts by migrants to cross the border with Union Member States.

He is therefore contributing to activities by the Lukashenka regime that facilitate the illegal crossing of the external borders of the Union.

2.12.2021

171.

Ihar Mikalaevich GUTNIK

Igor Nikolaevich GUTNIK

Iгар Мiкалаевiч ГУТНIК

Игорь Николаевич ГУТНИК

Head of the Brest Border Group, colonel

DOB: 17.12.1974

POB: Village of Zabolotye, Smolevichi District, Minsk Region/Oblast, former USSR (now Belarus)

Address: 90 Heroes of Defense of the Brest Fortress St., 224018, Brest, Belarus

Gender: male

Nationality: Belarusian

Passport number: BM1962867

In his position as Head of the Brest Border Group, Ihar Gutnik, who in 2018 became a deputy of the Brest Regional Council as one of the candidates loyal to Lukashenka, is responsible for actions of border guards under his command. The deliberate failure of the Brest Border Group to carry out its duties properly facilitates attempts by migrants to cross the border with Union Member States.

He is therefore contributing to activities by the Lukashenka regime that facilitate the illegal crossing of the external borders of the Union.

2.12.2021

172.

Aliaksandr Barysavich DAVIDZIUK

Aleksandr Borisovich DAVIDIUK

Аляксандр Барысавiч ДАВIДЗЮК

Александр Борисович ДАВИДЮК

Colonel, Head of the Lida Border Detachment, Military Unit 1234 (appointed on 27 September 2016), State Border Delegate

Member of Lida District Council of Deputies of the 28th convocation (took office on 2 February 2018)

DOB: 4.5.1973

POB: Novograd-Volynsky, Zhytomyr region, former USSR (now Ukraine)

Gender: male

Nationality: Belarusian

Passport number: KH2613034

Personal ID: 3040573E050PB7

In his position as Head of the Lida Border Detachment, Aliaksandr Davidziuk is responsible for actions of border guards under his command. The deliberate failure of the Lida Border Detachment to carry out its duties properly facilitates attempts by migrants to cross the border with Union Member States. He is therefore contributing to activities by the Lukashenka regime that facilitate the illegal crossing of the external borders of the Union.

2.12.2021

173.

Maksim Viktaravich BUTRANETS

Maxim Viktorovich BUTRANETS

Максiм Вiктаравiч БУТРАНЕЦ

Максим Викторович БУТРАНЕЦ

Head of the Smorgon Border Group, Military Unit 2044 (appointed in March 2018), State Border Delegate

DOB: 12.12.1978

POB: Sverdlovsk, former USSR (now Russian Federation)

Gender: male

Nationality: Belarusian

In his position as Head of the Smorgon Border Group, Maksim Butranets is responsible for actions of border guards under his command. The deliberate failure of the Smorgon Border Group to carry out its duties properly facilitates attempts by migrants to cross the border with Union Member States. Maksim Butranets also stated that the number of migrants at the Belarusian-Lithuanian border remained at the usual level, despite the substantial increase observed on the Lithuanian side. He is therefore contributing to activities by the Lukashenka regime that facilitate the illegal crossing of the external borders of the Union.

2.12.2021

174.

Anatol Anatolyevich GLAZ

Anatoliy Anatolyevich GLAZ

Анатоль Анатольевiч ГЛАЗ

Анатолий Анатольевич ГЛАЗ

Head of the Department of Information and Digital Diplomacy (spokesperson) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus

DOB: 31.7.1982

Gender: male

Nationality: Belarusian

Anatol Glaz has been Head of the Department of Information and Digital Diplomacy and Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus since 11 June 2018. In this capacity, he made a number of public statements, supporting the policy of the Lukashenka regime in its latest attempts to facilitate the illegal crossings of the external borders of Union Member States. He also publicly defended the forced landing of passenger flight FR4978 in Minsk airport without proper justification on 23 May 2021. This politically motivated decision had the aim of the arrest and detention of opposition journalist Raman Pratasevich and Sofia Sapega and is a form of repression against civil society and democratic opposition in Belarus.

He is therefore supporting the Lukashenka regime.

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175.

Siarhei Aliaksandravich EPIKHAU

Sergei Aleksandrovich EPIKHOV

Сяргей Аляксандравiч ЕПIХАЎ

Сергей Александрович ЕПИХОВ

Judge at the Minsk Regional Court

DOB: 16.5.1966

Address: 38 Timoshenko St., apt. 198, Minsk, Belarus;

59 L.Tolstoy St., apt. 80, Vileika, Belarus;

14 Kedyshko St., apt. 11, Minsk, Belarus

Gender: male

Nationality: Belarusian

Personal ID: 3160566B046PB4

In his position as judge at the Minsk Regional Court, Siarhei Epikhau is responsible for politically motivated rulings against opposition leaders and activists, in particular the sentencing of Maria Kolesnikova and Maksim Znak, who are considered as political prisoners by human rights organisations. Violations of rights of defence and of the right to a fair trial were reported during trials conducted under his supervision.

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

2.12.2021

176.

Ihar Viachaslavavich LIUBAVITSKI

Igor Viacheslavovich LIUBOVITSKI

Iгар Вячаслававiч ЛЮБАВIЦКI

Игорь Вячеславович ЛЮБОВИЦКИЙ

Judge at the Supreme Court of the Republic of Belarus

DOB: 21.7.1983

Address: Vogel 1K St., apt. 17, Minsk, Belarus

Gender: male

Nationality: Belarusian

Personal ID: 3210783C002PB2

In his position as judge at the Supreme Court of the Republic of Belarus, Ihar Liubavitski is responsible for politically motivated rulings against opposition leaders, activists and journalists, in particular the sentencing of opposition presidential candidate Viktar Babarika, who is considered a political prisoner by human rights organisations.

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

2.12.2021

177.

Siarhei Siarheevich GIRGEL

Sergei Sergeevich GIRGEL

Сяргей Сяргеевiч ГIРГЕЛЬ

Сергей Сергеевич ГИРГЕЛЬ

Senior Prosecutor of the Department of Public Prosecution of the General Prosecutor’s Office

DOB: 16.6.1978

Address: 16 Lidskaya St., apt. 165, Minsk, Belarus

Gender: male

Nationality: Belarusian

Personal ID: 3160678H018PB5

In his position as the Senior Prosecutor of the Department of Public Prosecution of the General Prosecutor’s Office, Siarhei Girgel has represented the Lukashenka regime in politically motivated cases against opposition leaders and civil society members. In particular he has prosecuted the opposition presidential candidate Viktar Babarika, who is recognised as a political prisoner by human rights organisations. Siarhei Girgel has continuously asked the judge for long-term prison sentences.

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

2.12.2021

178.

Valiantsina Genadzeuna KULIK

Valentina Gennadevna KULIK

Валянцiна Генадзьеўна КУЛIК

Валентина Геннадьевна КУЛИК

Judge at the Supreme Court of the Republic of Belarus

DOB: 15.1.1960

Address: 54 Angarskaya St., apt. 48, Minsk, Belarus

Gender: male

Nationality: Belarusian

Personal ID: 4150160A119PB2

In her position as judge at the Supreme Court of the Republic of Belarus, Valiantsina Kulik is responsible for politically motivated decisions against activists and opposition leaders. In particular she denied Viktar Babarika’s complaint to initiate a civil case based on his complaints against the Central Electoral Commission’s decision to refuse registration as a presidential candidate.

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

2.12.2021

179.

Andrei Andreevich PRAKAPUK

Andrey Andreevich PROKOPUK

Андрэй Андрэевiч ПРАКАПУК

Андрей Андреевич ПРОКОПУК

Deputy Director of the Financial Investigations Department of the State Control Committee of the Republic of Belarus

Colonel of the Financial Police

DOB: 22.7.1973

POB: Kobrin, Brest region, Belarus

Address: 22 Mira St., apt. 88, Priluki, Minsk Region, Belarus

Gender: male

Nationality: Belarusian

Personal ID: 3220773C061PB1

In his position as the Deputy Director of the Financial Investigations Department of the State Control Committee of the Republic of Belarus, Andrei Prakapuk is responsible for politically motivated campaigns of that department against journalists and independent Belarusian media outlets. He personally approved a decision to search the premises of independent media outlet TUT.by and initiated a court case into TUT.by and the journalists employed by TUT.by, as well as blocking access to the TUT.by website.

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

2.12.2021

180.

Ihar Anatolevich MARSHALAU

Igor Anatolevich MARSHALOV

Iгар Анатольевiч МАРШАЛАЎ

Игорь Анатольевич МАРШАЛОВ

Deputy Chairman of the State Control Committee, Director of the Financial Investigations Department of the State Control Committee

Major General of Financial Police

DOB: 12.1.1972

POB: Shkolv, Mogilev Region/Oblast, former USSR (now Belarus)

Address: 15 Shchukina St., Minsk, Belarus;

43A Franciska St., apt. 41, Minsk, Belarus

Gender: male

Nationality: Belarusian

Personal ID: 3120172H018PB4

Ihar Marshalau is the Deputy Chairman of the State Control Committee of Belarus and Director of the Financial Investigations Department of the State Control Committee. In that position, he is responsible for initiating the politically motivated tax evasion case against the media outlet TUT.by, allegedly based on Article 243 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus, which threatens the freedom of media in Belarus. He is also responsible for the searches conducted in May 2021 at the office of TUT.by in Minsk, at regional offices and at the homes of several TUT.by staff.

He is also responsible for the detention of members of the Belarus Press Club in December 2020, a search and confiscation of items at the office of Rights of People with Disabilities including the violent interrogation of Aleh Hrableuski and Syarhei Drazdouski in January 2021, the detention of and tax evasion charges on member of the Coordination Council Liliya Ulasava, as well as the searches and detentions affecting employees of PandaDoc software company, who was running the initiative “Protect Belarus”, in September 2021.

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

2.12.2021

181.

Hanna Mikhailauna SAKALOUSKAYA

Anna Mikhaylovna SOKOLOVSKAYA

Ганна Мiхайлаўна САКАЛОЎСКАЯ

Анна Михайловна СОКОЛОВСКАЯ

Judge of the Judicial Collegium for Civil Cases at the Supreme Court

DOB: 18.9.1955

Address: 22 Surhanava St., apt. 1, Minsk, Belarus

Gender: male

Nationality: Belarusian

Personal ID: 4180955A015P80

In her position as judge at the Supreme Court of the Republic of Belarus, Hanna Sakalouskaya is responsible for the politically motivated decision to liquidate the Belarus PEN Center – a Belarusian civil society organisation. She is also responsible for a politically motivated decision leading up to the liquidation of the Belarus Helsinki Committee (BHC), as on 2 September 2021 she dismissed the complaint from BHC concerning the warning directed towards BHC by the Belarusian Ministry of Justice.

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

2.12.2021

182.

Marat Siarheevich MARKAU

Marat Sergeevich MARKOV

Марат Сяргеевiч МАРКАЎ

Марат Сергеевич МАРКОВ

Chairman of the Management Board of State-controlled TV channel ONT, host of the “Markov: Nothing Personal” programme

DOB: 1.5.1969

POB: Luninets, former USSR (now Belarus)

Gender: male

Nationality: Belarusian

Marat Markau is the Chairman of the Management Board of State-controlled TV channel ONT and the host of the “Markov: Nothing Personal” programme. In this position he has been willingly providing the Belarusian public with false information about the outcome of elections, protests and the repression perpetrated by the State authorities, and the circumstances of the forced landing of passenger flight FR4978 in Minsk airport without proper justification on 23 May 2021. He is directly responsible for the way in which the ONT channel presents information about the situation in the country, thus lending support to the authorities, including Lukashenka. He is therefore supporting the Lukashenka regime.

Markov conducted the first forced interview with Raman Pratasevich, after Pratasevich was detained and according to numerous reports tortured by the Belarusian authorities. Markov also threatened and intimidated ONT workers who were striking in the wake of fraudulent 2020 presidential elections and authorities’ crackdown. He is therefore responsible for the repression of civil society and democratic opposition.

2.12.2021

183.

Dzmitry Siarheevich KARSIUK

Dmitriy Sergeevich KARSIUK

Дзмiтрый Сяргеевiч КАРСЮК

Дмитрий Сергеевич КАРСЮК

Judge at the Central District of the City of Minsk Court

DOB: 7.7.1995

Gender: male

Nationality: Belarusian

In his position as judge at the Central District of the City of Minsk Court, Dzmitriy Karsiuk is responsible for numerous politically motivated rulings against peaceful protesters, in particular the sentencing of Yahor Viarshynin, Pavel Lukoyanov, Artsiom Sakovich and Mikalai Shemetau, who are recognised as political prisoners by Belarusian Human rights organisation Viasna. He has sentenced people to penal colony, prison and house arrest for taking part in peaceful protests, posts on social media, use of the white-red-white flag of Belarus and other exercises of civil freedoms.

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

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(2)

the following legal persons are added to table ‘B. Legal persons, entities or bodies referred to in Article 4(1)’:

 

Names

Transliteration of Belarusian spelling

Transliteration of Russian spelling

Names

(Belarusian spelling)

(Russian spelling)

Identifying Information

Reasons for listing

Date of listing

‘16.

Open Joint Stock Company “Belavia Belarusian Airlines”

ААТ “Авiякампанiя Белавiя”

ОАО «Авиакомпания «Белавиа»

Address: 14A Nemiga St., Minsk, Belarus, 220004

Date of registration: 4.1.1996

Registration number: 600390798

Open Joint Stock Company “Belavia” is the State-owned national flag carrier airline. Aliaksandr Lukashenka promised that his administration would provide all possible support to Belavia after the Union decided to introduce a prohibition on the overflight of Union airspace and on access to Union airports by all Belarusian air carriers. To that end, he agreed with the Russian President Vladimir Putin on planning the opening of new airline routes for Belavia.

Belavia’s management also told its employees not to protest against the election irregularities and mass detentions in Belarus, in view of the fact that Belavia is a State-owned enterprise.

Belavia is therefore benefiting from and supporting the Lukashenka regime.

Belavia has been involved in bringing migrants from the Middle East to Belarus. Migrants wishing to cross the Union’s external border have been flying to Minsk on board flights operated by Belavia from a number of Middle Eastern countries, in particular Lebanon, UAE and Turkey. In order to facilitate this, Belavia opened new air routes and expanded the number of flights on existing routes. Local tour operators have acted as intermediaries in selling Belavia tickets to prospective migrants, thereby helping Belavia to keep a low profile.

Belavia is therefore contributing to activities by the Lukashenka regime that facilitate the illegal crossing of the external borders of the Union.

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17.

Republican unitary enterprise “TSENTRKURORT”

Рэспублiканскае унiтарнае прадпрыемства “ЦЭНТРКУРОРТ” Республиканское унитарное предприятие “ЦЕНТРКУРОРТ”

Address: 39 Myasnikova St., Minsk, Belarus, 220030

Date of registration: 12.8.2003

Registration number: 100726604

State-owned tourism company Tsentrkurort is part of the Department of Presidential Affairs of Belarus. Tsentrkurort is reported to be one of the companies coordinating the flow of migrants that intend to cross the border between Belarus and Union Member States. Tsentrkurort helped at least 51 Iraqi citizens acquire visas for their visit to Belarus, and signed a contract for transportation services with Belarusian company Stroitur, which offers bus rentals with drivers. Buses booked by Tsentrkurort transported migrants, including children, from Minsk airport to hotels.

Tsentrkurort is therefore contributing to activities by the Lukashenka regime that facilitate the illegal crossing of the external borders of the Union.

2.12.2021

18.

LLC Oskartour

ООО Оскартур

Address: 25 Karl Marx St., room 1n, Minsk, Belarus

Date of registration: 18.10.2016

Registration number: 192721937

Oskartur is a tour operator, which facilitated the obtainment of visas for migrants coming from Iraq and organised their subsequent travel to Belarus by flights from Bagdad to Minsk. Those Iraqi migrants were later transported to the Belarusian-Union border with the aim to illegally cross it. Thanks to Oskartur and its contacts with Iraqi airlines, Belarusian authorities and the State-owned Tsentrkurort company, regular flights from Baghdad to Minsk were launched by the Iraqi air carrier, in order to bring more persons to Belarus to illegally cross the external borders of the Union. Oskartur took part in this illegal border-crossing scheme carried out by Belarusian security services and State-owned companies.

It is therefore contributing to activities by the Lukashenka regime that facilitate the illegal crossing of the external borders of the Union.

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19.

Republican subsidiary unitary enterprise “HOTEL MINSK”

Гатэль «Мiнск»

Республиканское дочернее унитарное предприятие «Отель «Минск»

Address: 11 Nezavisimosti Ave., Minsk, Belarus

Tel. +375 (17) 209-90-61

Fax +375 (17) 200-00-72

Email: hotelminsk@udp.gov.by; marketing@hotelminsk.by

Website: http://hotelminsk.by/

Date of registration: 26.12.2016/3.4.2017

Registration number: 192750964

Hotel Minsk is a subsidiary company of the Belarus President Property Management Directorate – a government agency that directly reports to the President. Hotel Minsk took part in the illegal border-crossing scheme carried out by Belarusian security services and Stated-owned companies. Migrants were accommodated in the hotel before being transported to the border between Belarus and Union Member States in order to illegally cross it. Iraqi migrants had listed Hotel Minsk as a temporary residence in their Belarusian visa applications, which were lodged immediately before their arrival to Belarus.

Hotel Minsk is therefore contributing to activities by the Lukashenka regime that facilitate the illegal crossing of the external borders of the Union.

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20.

Open Joint Stock Company “HOTEL PLANETA”

ААТ «Гасцiнiца Планета»

OAO «Гостиница Планета»

Address: 31 Pobediteley Ave., Minsk, Belarus

Tel. +375 (17) 226-78-53

Fax +375 (17) 226-78-55

Email: planeta@udp.gov.by

Website: https://hotelplaneta.by/

Date of registration: 1.2.1994/6.3.2000

Registration number: 100135173

Hotel Planeta is a subsidiary company of the Belarus President Property Management Directorate – a government agency that directly reports to the President. Hotel Planeta took part in the illegal border-crossing scheme carried out by Belarusian security services and State-owned companies. Migrants were accommodated in the hotel before being transported to the border between Belarus and Union Member States in order to illegally cross it. They paid USD 1 000 to a travel agent in Baghdad for the flight, a tourist visa and a stay in the hotel.

Hotel Planeta is therefore contributing to activities by the Lukashenka regime that facilitate the illegal crossing of the external borders of the Union.

2.12.2021

21.

ASAM (Asobnaia sluzhba aktyunykh merapryemstvau)

OSAM (Otdiel’naya sluzhba aktivnykh mieropriyatiy)

Асобная служба актыўных мерапрыемстваў (АСАМ)

Отдельная служба активных мероприятий (ОСАМ)

Address: State Border Committee of the Republic of Belarus, 24 Volodarsky St., 220050, Minsk, Belarus

ASAM (Separate Service for Active Measures) is a Belarusian special border guard unit controlled by Viktar Lukashenka and headed by Ihar Kruchkou. ASAM forces under special operation “Gate” organise illegal border crossings through Belarus to Union Member States and are directly involved in the physical transportation of migrants to the other side of the border. ASAM additionally charges the transported migrants for the border crossing.

ASAM is therefore contributing to activities by the Lukashenka regime that facilitate the illegal crossing of the external borders of the Union.

2.12.2021

22.

Cham Wings Airlines

 

Address: P.O. Box 30588 Damascus, Syria

Website: https://chamwings.com/

Cham Wings Airlines is an operator of charter flights from Syria to Belarus. The company increased the number of flights from Damascus to Minsk since the summer of 2021 in order to transport migrants to Belarus, who intended to illegally cross the external borders of the Union. In autumn 2021, Cham Wings also opened two new offices in Minsk in order to be able to organise the flights between Damascus and Minsk.

Cham Wings Airlines therefore contributes to activities by the Lukashenka regime that facilitate the illegal crossing of the external borders of the Union.

2.12.2021

23.

VIP Grub

 

Address: Büyükdere Cad., No:201, Istanbul, Turkey

VIP Grub is a passport and visa service based in Istanbul, Turkey, which organises trips to Belarus with the explicit intention of facilitating migration to the Union. VIP Grub actively advertises migration to the Union. VIP Grub therefore contributes to activities by the Lukashenka regime that facilitate the illegal crossing of the external borders of the Union.

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Open Joint Stock Company “Grodno Azot”

Including Branch «Khimvolokno Plant» JSC «Grodno Azot»

ААТ “Гродна Азот”

ОАО “Гродно Азот”

Фiлiял "Завод Хiмвалакно" ААТ "Гродна Азот"

Филиал «Завод Химволокно» ОАО «Гродно Азот»

Address: 100 Kosmonavtov Ave., Grodno, Belarus

Date of registration: 1965

Registration number: 500036524

Website: https://azot.by/en/

Address: 4 Slavinskogo, St., Grodno, 230026, Belarus

Date of registration: 12.5.2000

Registration number: 590046884

Grodno Azot is a large State-owned producer of nitrogen compounds, based in Grodno. Lukashenka described it as "a very important enterprise, a strategic one". Grodno Azot also owns Khimvolokno Plant, which is a large manufacturer of polyamide and polyester and composite materials. Grodno Azot and its Khimvolokno Plant are a source of substantial revenue for the Lukashenka regime. Grodno Azot is therefore supporting the Lukashenka regime.

Lukashenka visited the company and met with its representatives, discussing the plant’s modernisation and various forms of State support. Lukashenka also promised that a loan would be used for the construction of a new nitrogen plant in Grodno. Grodno Azot is therefore benefiting from the Lukashenka regime.

The workers of Grodno Azot, including its employees at the Khimvolokno Plant, who participated in peaceful protests against the regime and went on strike, were dismissed, intimidated and threatened both by the Grodno Azot management and regime representatives. Grodno Azot is therefore responsible for the repression of civil society.

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State Production Association Belorusneft

Дзяржаўнае вытворчае аб’яднанне «Беларуснафта»

Государственное производственное объединение «Белоруснефть»

Address: 9 Rogachevskaya St., Gomel, 246003, Belarus

Date of registration: 25.2.1966

Registration number: 400051902

Belorusneft is a State-owned company, operating in the petrochemical sector. The company’s management dismissed workers who went on strike, took part in anti-regime protests or publicly supported those protests. Belorusneft is therefore responsible for the repression of civil society.

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Open Joint Stock Company Belshina

AAT “Белшина”

ОАО “Белшина”

Address: 4 Minskoe Shosse St., Bobruisk, 213824 Belarus

Date of registration: 10.1.1994

Registration number: 700016217

Website: http://www.belshinajsc.by/

Belshina is one of the leading State-owned companies in Belarus and a large manufacturer of vehicle tyres. As such, it is a substantial source of revenue for the Lukashenka regime. The Belarussian State is directly profiting from the earnings made by Belshina. Therefore, Belshina supports the Lukashenka regime.

Employees of Belshina who protested and went on strike in the wake of the 2020 presidential elections in Belarus were dismissed. Belshina is therefore responsible for the repression of civil society.

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