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Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2020/1650 of 6 November 2020 implementing Decision 2012/642/CFSP concerning restrictive measures against Belarus

OJ L 370I , 6.11.2020, p. 9–14 (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: This act has been changed. Current consolidated version: 06/11/2020

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/dec_impl/2020/1650/oj

6.11.2020   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

LI 370/9


COUNCIL IMPLEMENTING DECISION (CFSP) 2020/1650

of 6 November 2020

implementing Decision 2012/642/CFSP concerning restrictive measures against 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 against Belarus (1), and in particular Article 6(1) thereof,

Having regard to the proposals 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 against Belarus.

(2)

On 9 August 2020, Belarus conducted presidential elections, which were found to be inconsistent with international standards and marred by the repression of independent candidates and a brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters in the wake of those elections. On 11 August 2020, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (the ‘High Representative’) issued a declaration on behalf of the Union, assessing that the elections were neither free nor fair. It was also stated that measures against those responsible for violence, unjustified arrests and falsification of election results could be taken.

(3)

On 2 October 2020, the Council adopted Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2020/1388 (2) which designated 40 individuals identified as responsible for repression and intimidation of peaceful demonstrators, opposition members and journalists in the wake of the 2020 presidential elections in Belarus, as well as for the Central Electoral Commission’s misconduct of the electoral process for those elections.

(4)

On 24 September 2020, the High Representative issued a declaration on behalf of the Union, saying that the so-called ‘inauguration’ and the new mandate claimed by Aleksandr LUKASHENKO lack any democratic legitimacy. The statement reiterated the Union’s expectation that the Belarusian authorities immediately refrain from any further repression and violence directed against the Belarusian people and immediately and unconditionally release all those detained, including political prisoners.

(5)

In view of the gravity of the situation in Belarus, due to the ongoing repression of civil society and opposition activists, Aleksandr LUKASHENKO and 14 other persons should be included in the list of persons and entities subject to restrictive measures set out in the Annex to Decision 2012/642/CFSP.

(6)

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, 6 November 2020.

For the Council

The President

M. ROTH


(1)  OJ L 285, 17.10.2012, p. 1.

(2)  Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2020/1388 of 2 October 2020 implementing Decision 2012/642/CFSP concerning restrictive measures against Belarus (OJ L 319 I, 2.10.2020, p. 13).


ANNEX

In the Annex to Decision 2012/642/CFSP, the following persons are added:

 

Names

Transcription of Belarusian spelling

Transcription of Russian spelling

Names

(Belarusian spelling)

Names

(Russian spelling)

Identifying

Information

Reasons for listing

‘45.

Aliaksandr Ryhoravich LUKASHENKA

Alexandr Grigorievich LUKASHENKO

Аляксандр Рыгоравiч ЛУКАШЭНКА

Александр Григорьевич ЛУКАШЕНКО

President of the Republic of Belarus

DOB: 30.8.1954

POB: Kopys settlement, Vitebsk/Viciebsk Oblast, former USSR (now Belarus)

Gender: male

As President of Belarus with authority over State bodies, he is responsible for the violent repression by the State apparatus carried out before and after the 2020 presidential election, in particular with the dismissal of key opposition candidates, arbitrary arrests and ill-treatment of peaceful demonstrators as well as intimidation and violence against journalists.

46.

Viktar Aliaksandravich LUKASHENKA

Viktor Aleksandrovich LUKASHENKO

Вiктар Аляксандравiч ЛУКАШЭНКА

Виктор Александрович ЛУКАШЕНКО

National Security Advisor to the President, Member of the Security Council

DOB: 28.11.1975

POB: Mogilev/Mahiliou (former USSR, now Belarus)

Gender: male

In his position as National Security Advisor to the President and a Member of the Security Council, as well as his informal supervisory position over Belarus security forces, he is responsible for the repression and intimidation campaign led by the State apparatus in the wake of the 2020 presidential election, in particular with arbitrary arrests and ill‐treatment, including torture, of peaceful demonstrators as well as intimidation and violence against journalists.

47.

Ihar Piatrovich SERGYAENKA

Igor Petrovich SERGEENKO

Iгар Пятровiч СЕРГЯЕНКА

Игорь Петрович СЕРГЕЕНКО

Chief of Staff of the Presidential Administration

DOB: 14.1.1963

POB: Stolitsa village in Vitebsk/Viciebsk Oblast (former USSR, now Belarus)

Gender: male

In his position as the Chief of Staff of the Presidential Administration, he is closely associated with the President and responsible for ensuring the implementation of presidential powers in the field of domestic and foreign policy. He is thus supporting the Lukashenka regime, including in the repression and intimidation campaign led by the State apparatus in the wake of the 2020 presidential election.

48.

Ivan Stanislavavich TERTEL

Ivan Stanislavovich TERTEL

Iван Станiслававiч ТЭРТЭЛЬ

Иван Станиславович ТЕРТЕЛЬ

Chairman of KGB, former Chairman of the State Control Committee

DOB: 8.9.1966

POB: village Privalki/Privalka in Hrodna/Grodno Oblast (former USSR, now Belarus)

Gender: male

In his leadership position as the Chairman of State Security Committee KGB and in his former position as the Chairman of the State Control Committee, he is responsible for the repression and intimidation campaign led by the State apparatus in the wake of the 2020 presidential election, in particular with arbitrary arrests and ill‐treatment, including torture, of peaceful demonstrators as well as intimidation and violence against journalists.

49.

Raman Ivanavich MELNIK

Roman Ivanovich MELNIK

Раман Iванавiч МЕЛЬНIК

Роман Иванович МЕЛЬНИК

Head of Main Directorate of Law and Order Protection and Prevention at the Ministry of Internal Affairs

DOB: 29.5.1964

Gender: male

In his leadership position as the Head of Main Directorate of Law and Order Protection and Prevention at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, he is responsible for the repression and intimidation campaign led by the State apparatus in the wake of the 2020 presidential election, in particular with arbitrary arrests and ill‐treatment, including torture, of peaceful demonstrators as well as intimidation and violence against journalists.

50.

Ivan Danilavich NASKEVICH

Ivan Danilovich NOSKEVICH

Iван Данiлавiч НАСКЕВIЧ

Иван Данилович НОСКЕВИЧ

Chairman of the Investigative Committee

DOB: 25.3.1970

POB: village of Cierabličy in Brest Oblast (former USSR, now Belarus)

Gender: male

In his leadership position as the Chairman of the Investigative Committee, he is responsible for the repression and intimidation campaign led by the Committee in the wake of the 2020 presidential election, notably with investigations launched against the Coordination Council launched by the opposition to challenge the outcome of that election and peaceful demonstrators.

51.

Aliaksey Aliaksandravich VOLKAU

Alexey AleksandrovichVOLKOV

Аляксей Аляксандравiч ВОЛКАЎ

Алексей Александрович ВОЛКОВ

Former First Deputy Chairman of the Investigative Committee, currently Chairman of the State Committee for Forensic Expertise

DOB: 7.9.1973

POB: Minsk (former USSR, now Belarus)

Gender: male

In his former leadership position as the First Deputy Chairman of the Investigative Committee, he is responsible for the repression and intimidation campaign led by the Committee in the wake of the 2020 presidential election, notably with investigations launched against the Coordination Council launched by the opposition to challenge the outcome of that election and peaceful demonstrators.

52.

Siarhei YakaulevichAZEMSHA

Sergei YakovlevichAZEMSHA

Сяргей Якаўлевiч АЗЕМША

Сергей Яковлевич АЗЕМША

Deputy Chairman of the Investigative Committee

DOB: 17.7.1974

POB: Rechitsa, Gomel Oblast (former USSR, now Belarus)

Gender: male

In his leadership position as the Deputy Chairman of the Investigative Committee, he is responsible for the repression and intimidation campaign led by the Committee in the wake of the 2020 presidential election, notably with investigations launched against the Coordination Council launched by the opposition to challenge the outcome of that election and peaceful demonstrators.

53.

Andrei FiodaravichSMAL

Andrei FyodorovichSMAL

Андрэй Фёдаравiч СМАЛЬ

Андрей Федорович СМАЛЬ

Deputy Chairman of the Investigative Committee

DOB: 1.8.1973

POB: Brest (former USSR, now Belarus)

Gender: male

In his leadership position as the Deputy Chairman of the Investigative Committee, he is responsible for the repression and intimidation campaign led by the Committee in the wake of the 2020 presidential election, notably with investigations launched against the Coordination Council launched by the opposition to challenge the outcome of that election and peaceful demonstrators.

54.

Andrei Yurevich PAULIUCHENKA

Andrei Yurevich PAVLYUCHENKO

Андрэй Юр’евiч ПАЎЛЮЧЕНКА

Андрей Юрьевич ПАВЛЮЧЕНКО

Head of Operational-Analytical Center

DOB: 1.8.1971

Gender: male

In his leadership position as the Head of Operational-Analytical Center, he is closely associated with the President and responsible for the repression of civil society, notably with interrupting connection to telecommunication networks as a tool of repression of civil society, peaceful demonstrators and journalists.

55.

Ihar Ivanavich BUZOUSKI

Igor Ivanovich BUZOVSKI

Iгар Iванавiч БУЗОЎСКI

Игорь Иванович БУЗОВСКИЙ

Deputy Minister of Information DOB: 10.7.1972

POB: village of Koshelevo, Grodno/Hrodna region (former USSR, now Belarus)

Gender: male

In his leadership position as Deputy Minister of Information, he is responsible for the repression of civil society, notably with the Ministry of Information decision to cut off access to independent websites and limit internet access in Belarus in the wake of the 2020 presidential election, as a tool of repression of civil society, peaceful demonstrators and journalists.

56.

Natallia Mikalaeuna EISMANT

Natalia Nikolayevna EISMONT

Наталля Мiкалаеўна ЭЙСМАНТ

Наталья Николаевна ЭЙСМОНТ

Press Secretary of the President of Belarus

DOB: 16.2.1984

POB: Minsk (former USSR, now Belarus)

Maiden name: Kirsanova (RU: Кирсанова) or Selyun (RU Селюн)

Gender: female

In her position as Press Secretary of the President of Belarus, she is closely associated with the President and responsible for coordinating media activities of the President, including drafting statements and organising public appearances. She is thus supporting the Lukashenka regime, including in the repression and intimidation campaign led by the State apparatus in the wake of the 2020 presidential election. In particular, with her public statements defending the President and criticising opposition activists as well as the peaceful protesters, made in the wake of 2020 presidential election, she contributed to seriously undermining democracy and the rule of law in Belarus.

57.

Siarhei Yaugenavich ZUBKOU

Sergei Yevgenevich ZUBKOV

Сяргей Яўгенавiч ЗУБКОЎ

Сергей Евгеньевич ЗУБКОВ

ALFA Unit Commander

DOB: 21.8.1975

Gender: male

In his commanding position over ALFA Unit forces, he is responsible for the repression and intimidation campaign carried out by these forces in the wake of the 2020 presidential election, in particular with arbitrary arrests and ill‐treatment, including torture, of peaceful demonstrators as well as intimidation and violence against journalists.

58.

Andrei Aliakseevich RAUKOU

Andrei Alekseevich RAVKOV

Андрэй Аляксеевiч РАЎКОЎ

Андрей Алексеевич РАВКОВ

Former State Secretary of the Security Council

DOB: 25.6.1967

POB: village of Revyaki, Vitebsk/Viciebsk Oblast (former USSR, now Belarus)

Gender: male

In his former position as State Secretary of the Security Council, he is closely associated with the President and responsible for the repression and intimidation campaign carried out by the State apparatus in the wake of the 2020 presidential election, in particular with arbitrary arrests and ill‐treatment, including torture, of peaceful demonstrators as well as intimidation and violence against journalists.

59.

Pyotr Piatrovich MIKLASHEVICH

Petr Petrovich MIKLASHEVICH

Пётр Пятровiч МIКЛАШЭВIЧ

Петр Петрович МИКЛАШЕВИЧ

Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Belarus

DOB: 18.10.1954

POB: Minsk Oblast (former USSR, now Belarus)

Gender: male

As the chairman of the Constitutional Court, he is responsible for the Constitutional Court’s decision adopted on 25 August 2020, by which the results of the fraudulent elections were legitimised. He has therefore supported and facilitated actions of repression and intimidation campaign by the State apparatus against peaceful protestors and journalists and is therefore responsible for seriously undermining democracy and the rule of law in Belarus.’.


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