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Volume 63
15 October 2020


Contents

 

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REGULATIONS

 

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Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1480 of 14 October 2020 implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1542 concerning restrictive measures against the proliferation and use of chemical weapons

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Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1481 of 14 October 2020 implementing Article 21(2) of Regulation (EU) 2016/44 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Libya

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DECISIONS

 

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Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1482 of 14 October 2020 amending Decision (CFSP) 2018/1544 concerning restrictive measures against the proliferation and use of chemical weapons

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Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2020/1483 of 14 October 2020 implementing Decision (CFSP) 2015/1333 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Libya

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Acts whose titles are printed in light type are those relating to day-to-day management of agricultural matters, and are generally valid for a limited period.

The titles of all other Acts are printed in bold type and preceded by an asterisk.


II Non-legislative acts

REGULATIONS

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Official Journal of the European Union

L 341/1


COUNCIL IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2020/1480

of 14 October 2020

implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1542 concerning restrictive measures against the proliferation and use of chemical weapons

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

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

Having regard to Council Regulation (EU) 2018/1542 of 15 October 2018 concerning restrictive measures against the proliferation and use of chemical weapons (1), and in particular Article 12 thereof,

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

Whereas:

(1)

On 15 October 2018, the Council adopted Regulation (EU) 2018/1542.

(2)

On 20 August 2020, Alexei Navalny, a prominent opposition leader in Russia, was admitted to a hospital in Omsk, Russian Federation, due to his serious health condition.

(3)

On 22 August 2020, Alexei Navalny was transported to Berlin, Germany, where he was thoroughly examined.

(4)

On 2 September 2020, the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany announced that a specialised laboratory of the Federal Armed Forces had found evidence that Alexei Navalny had been subject to poisoning with a toxic nerve agent of the Novichok group. That finding was subsequently corroborated by laboratories in France and Sweden, as announced on 14 September 2020.

(5)

The European Council, in its conclusions of 1 and 2 October 2020, condemned the assassination attempt on Alexei Navalny. The use of chemical weapons constitutes a serious breach of international law. The European Council called upon the Russian Federation’s authorities to fully cooperate with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to ensure an impartial international investigation and to bring those responsible to justice.

(6)

In that context, and in view of the continued threat posed by the proliferation and use of chemical weapons, six persons and one entity should be included in the list of natural and legal persons, entities and bodies subject to restrictive measures set out in Annex I to Regulation (EU) 2018/1542.

(7)

Annex I to Regulation (EU) 2018/1542 should therefore be amended accordingly,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Annex I to Regulation (EU) 2018/1542 is amended as set out in 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, 14 October 2020.

For the Council

The President

M. ROTH


(1)  OJ L 259, 16.10.2018, p. 12.


ANNEX

The following persons and entity are added to the list set out in Annex I to Regulation (EU) 2018/1542:

A.   NATURAL PERSONS

Name

Identifying information

Grounds for designation

Date of listing

‘10.

Andrei Veniaminovich YARIN

(Андрей Вениаминович ЯРИН)

Gender: male;

Date of birth: 13 February 1970;

Place of birth: Nizhny Tagil;

Nationality: Russian;

Title: Chief of the Presidential Domestic Policy Directorate

Andrei Yarin is Chief of the Presidential Domestic Policy Directorate in the Presidential Executive Office in the Russian Federation. In this function, he is in charge of designing and implementing internal political orientations. Andrei Yarin was also appointed to a task force inside the Presidential Executive Office whose role was to counter Alexei Navalny’s influence in Russian society including through operations meant to discredit him.

Alexei Navalny has been the target of systematic harassment and repression by State and judicial actors in the Russian Federation due to his prominent role in the political opposition.

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Alexei Navalny’s activities were closely monitored by the authorities of the Russian Federation during his journey to Siberia in August 2020. On 20 August 2020, he was taken seriously ill and admitted to a hospital in Omsk, Russian Federation. On 22 August 2020, he was transported to a hospital in Berlin, Germany. A specialised laboratory in Germany subsequently found clear evidence, also corroborated by laboratories in France and Sweden, that Alexei Navalny had been poisoned with a toxic nerve agent of the Novichok group. This toxic agent is accessible only to State authorities in the Russian Federation.

In these circumstances, it is reasonable to conclude that the poisoning of Alexei Navalny was only possible with the consent of the Presidential Executive Office. Given his senior leadership role in that Office, Andrei Yarin is therefore responsible for inducing and providing support to the persons who carried out or were involved in the poisoning of Alexei Navalny with the Novichok nerve agent, which constitutes a use of chemical weapons under the Chemical Weapons Convention.

 

11.

Sergei Vladilenovich KIRIYENKO

(Сергей Владиленович КИРИЕНКО)

Gender: male;

Date of birth: 26 July 1962;

Place of birth: Sukhumi;

Nationality: Russian;

Title: First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office

Sergei Kiriyenko is the First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office of the Russian Federation. In this function, he is responsible for domestic affairs, including political groups and activities.

Alexei Navalny has been the target of systematic harassment and repression by State and judicial actors in the Russian Federation due to his prominent role in the political opposition.

Alexei Navalny’s activities were closely monitored by the authorities of the Russian Federation during his journey to Siberia in August 2020. On 20 August 2020, he was taken seriously ill and admitted to a hospital in Omsk, Russian Federation. On 22 August 2020, he was transported to a hospital in Berlin, Germany. A specialised laboratory in Germany subsequently found clear evidence, also corroborated by laboratories in France and Sweden, that Alexei Navalny had been poisoned with a toxic nerve agent of the Novichok group. This toxic agent is accessible only to State authorities in the Russian Federation.

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In these circumstances, it is reasonable to conclude that the poisoning of Alexei Navalny was only possible with the consent of the Presidential Executive Office. Given his senior leadership role in that Office, Sergei Kiriyenko is therefore responsible for inducing and providing support to the persons who carried out or were involved in the poisoning of Alexei Navalny with the Novichok nerve agent, which constitutes a use of chemical weapons under the Chemical Weapons Convention.

 

12.

Sergei Ivanovich MENYAILO

(Сергей Иванович МЕНЯЙЛО)

Gender: male;

Date of birth: 22 August 1960;

Place of birth: Alagir;

Nationality: Russian;

Title: Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Siberian Federal District

Sergei Menyailo is the Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Siberian Federal District and in this capacity he is responsible for ensuring the implementation of the constitutional powers of the President including the implementation of domestic and foreign policy of the State. Sergei Menyailo is also a non-permanent member of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.

Alexei Navalny has been the target of systematic harassment and repression by State and judicial actors in the Russian Federation due to his prominent role in the political opposition.

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Alexei Navalny’s activities were closely monitored by the authorities of the Russian Federation during his journey to Siberia in August 2020. On 20 August 2020, he was taken seriously ill and admitted to a hospital in Omsk, Russian Federation. On 22 August 2020, he was transported to a hospital in Berlin, Germany. A specialised laboratory in Germany subsequently found clear evidence, also corroborated by laboratories in France and Sweden, that Alexei Navalny had been poisoned with a toxic nerve agent of the Novichok group. This toxic agent is accessible only to State authorities in the Russian Federation.

In these circumstances, it is reasonable to conclude that the poisoning of Alexei Navalny was only possible with the consent of the Presidential Executive Office.

Given his senior leadership role as the representative of that Office in the Siberian Federal District, Sergei Menyailo is therefore responsible for inducing and providing support to the persons who carried out or were involved in the poisoning of Alexei Navalny with the Novichok nerve agent, which constitutes a use of chemical weapons under the Chemical Weapons Convention.

 

13.

Aleksandr Vasilievich BORTNIKOV

(Александр Васильевич БОРТНИКОВ)

Gender: male;

Date of birth: 15 November 1951;

Place of birth: Perm;

Nationality: Russian;

Title: Director of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation

Aleksandr Bortnikov is the Director of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation and in this capacity he is responsible for the activities of the principal security agency in Russia.

Alexei Navalny has been the target of systematic harassment and repression by State and judicial actors in the Russian Federation due to his prominent role in the political opposition.

Alexei Navalny’s activities were closely monitored by the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation during his journey to Siberia in August 2020. On 20 August 2020, he was taken seriously ill and admitted to a hospital in Omsk, Russian Federation. On 22 August 2020, he was transported to a hospital in Berlin, Germany. A specialised laboratory in Germany subsequently found clear evidence, also corroborated by laboratories in France and Sweden, that Alexei Navalny had been poisoned with a toxic nerve agent of the Novichok group. This toxic agent is accessible only to State authorities in the Russian Federation.

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In these circumstances and taking into account that Alexei Navalny was under surveillance at the time of his poisoning, it is reasonable to conclude that the poisoning was only possible with the involvement of the Federal Security Service.

Given his senior leadership role in the Federal Security Service, Aleksandr Bortnikov is therefore responsible for providing support to the persons who carried out or were involved in the poisoning of Alexei Navalny with the Novichok nerve agent, which constitutes a use of chemical weapons under the Chemical Weapons Convention.

 

14.

Pavel Anatolievich POPOV

(Павел Анатольевич ПОПОВ)

Gender: male;

Date of birth: 01 January 1957;

Place of Birth: Krasnoyarsk;

Nationality: Russian;

Title: Deputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation

Pavel Popov is the Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation and in this capacity he has overall responsibility for research activities. This includes the oversight and development of the Ministry’s scientific and technical capabilities, including the development of potential and modernisation of existing weapons and military equipment.

The Russian Ministry of Defence took on the responsibility for the chemical weapons stocks inherited from the Soviet Union and their safe storage until their destruction could be completed.

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On 20 August 2020, Alexei Navalny was taken seriously ill and admitted to a hospital in Omsk, Russian Federation. On 22 August 2020, he was transported to a hospital in Berlin, Germany. A specialised laboratory in Germany subsequently found clear evidence, also corroborated by laboratories in France and Sweden, that Alexei Navalny had been poisoned with a toxic nerve agent of the Novichok group. This toxic agent is accessible only to State authorities in the Russian Federation.

 

 

 

As a consequence of the overall responsibility of the Ministry of Defence for the safe storage and destruction of chemical weapons, the use of such chemical weapons in the territory of the Russian Federation could only be as a result of intent or negligence by the Ministry of Defence and its political leadership.

Given his senior leadership role in the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation, Pavel Popov is therefore responsible for assisting the persons who carried out or were involved in the poisoning of Alexei Navalny with the Novichok nerve agent, which constitutes a use of chemical weapons under the Chemical Weapons Convention.

 

15.

Aleksei Yurievich KRIVORUCHKO

(Алексей Юрьевич КРИВОРУЧКО)

Gender: male;

Date of birth: 17 July 1975;

Place of Birth: Stavropol;

Nationality: Russian;

Title: Deputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation

Aleksei Krivoruchko is the Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation with the overall responsibility for armaments. This includes the oversight of the Ministry’s stocks of weapons and military equipment. He is also responsible for their elimination within the framework of the implementation of international treaties assigned to the Ministry of Defence.

The Russian Ministry of Defence took on the responsibility for the chemical weapons stocks inherited from the Soviet Union and their safe storage until their destruction could be completed.

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On 20 August 2020, Alexei Navalny was taken seriously ill and admitted to a hospital in Omsk, Russian Federation. On 22 August 2020, he was transported to a hospital in Berlin, Germany. A specialised laboratory in Germany subsequently found clear evidence, also corroborated by laboratories in France and Sweden, that Alexei Navalny had been poisoned with a toxic nerve agent of the Novichok group. This toxic agent is accessible only to State authorities in the Russian Federation.

 

 

 

As a consequence of the overall responsibility of the Ministry of Defence for the safe storage and destruction of chemical weapons, the use of such chemical weapons in the territory of the Russian Federation could only be as a result of intent or negligence by the Ministry of Defence and its political leadership.

Given his senior leadership role in the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation, Aleksei Krivoruchko is therefore responsible for assisting the persons who carried out or were involved in the poisoning of Alexei Navalny with the Novichok nerve agent, which constitutes a use of chemical weapons under the Chemical Weapons Convention.

 

B.   LEGAL PERSONS, ENTITIES AND BODIES

Name

Identifying information

Grounds for designation

Date of listing

‘2.

State Scientific Research Institute for Organic Chemistry and Technology(GosNIIOKhT)

(Государственный научно-исследовательский институт органической химии и технологии)

Address: Shosse Entuziastov 23, 11 124 Moscow, Moscow Oblast, Russia;

Phone: +7 (495) 673 7530;

Fax: +7 (495) 673 2218;

Web: http://gosniiokht.ru

E-mail: dir@gosniiokht.ru

The State Scientific Research Institute for Organic Chemistry and Technology (GosNIIOKhT) is a state research institute with the responsibility for the destruction of chemical weapons stocks inherited from the Soviet Union.

The institute in its original role before 1994 was involved in the development and production of chemical weapons including the toxic nerve agent now know as “Novichok”. After 1994, the same facility took part in the government’s programme for the destruction of the stocks of chemical weapons inherited from the Soviet Union.

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On 20 August 2020, Alexei Navalny was taken seriously ill and admitted to a hospital in Omsk, Russian Federation. On 22 August 2020, he was transported to a hospital in Berlin, Germany. A specialised laboratory in Germany subsequently found clear evidence, also corroborated by laboratories in France and Sweden, that Alexei Navalny had been poisoned with a toxic nerve agent of the Novichok group. This toxic agent is accessible only to State authorities in the Russian Federation.

The deployment of a toxic nerve agent of the Novichok group would therefore only be possible due to the failure of the Institute to carry out its responsibility to destroy the stockpiles of chemical weapons.

 


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EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 341/7


COUNCIL IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2020/1481

of 14 October 2020

implementing Article 21(2) of Regulation (EU) 2016/44 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Libya

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

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

Having regard to Council Regulation (EU) 2016/44 of 18 January 2016 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Libya and repealing Regulation (EU) No 204/2011 (1), and in particular Article 21(2) thereof,

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

Whereas:

(1)

On 18 January 2016, the Council adopted Regulation (EU) 2016/44.

(2)

On 12 May 2020, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy issued a declaration, on behalf of the Union, which stated that the Union remains determined to see the UN arms embargo in Libya fully respected. It was also underlined that all efforts must be made to ensure the full and effective implementation of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions, also through the land and air borders with Libya.

(3)

On 21 September 2020, the Council adopted Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1309 (2), which designated three entities involved in violating the UN arms embargo.

(4)

The Council remains gravely concerned about the situation in Libya and in particular about acts that threaten the peace, security or stability of Libya, including violations of the UN arms embargo.

(5)

In that context, one person involved in such acts should be added to the list of natural and legal persons, entities or bodies subject to restrictive measures as set out in Annex III to Regulation (EU) 2016/44.

(6)

Annex III to Regulation (EU) 2016/44 should therefore be amended accordingly,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Annex III to Regulation (EU) 2016/44 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, 14 October 2020.

For the Council

The President

M. ROTH


(1)  OJ L 12, 19.1.2016, p. 1.

(2)  Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1309 of 21 September 2020 implementing article 21(2) of Regulation (EU) 2016/44 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Libya (OJ L 305 I, 21.9.2020, p. 1).


ANNEX

In Annex III to Regulation (EU) 2016/44, under the heading ‘A. Persons’, the following entry is added:

 

Name

Identifying information

Reasons

Date of listing

‘22.

Yevgeniy Viktorovich PRIGOZHIN

(Евгений Викторович Пригожин)

Date of birth: 1 June 1961

Place of birth: Leningrad (St. Petersburg)

Nationality: Russian

Gender: male

Yevgeniy Viktorovich Prigozhin is a Russian businessman with close links, including financially, to the private military company Wagner Group.

In this way, Prigozhin is engaged in and providing support for Wagner Group’s activities in Libya, which threaten the country’s peace, stability and security.

In particular, Wagner Group is involved in multiple and repeated breaches of the arms embargo in Libya established in UNSCR 1970 (2011) and transposed in article 1 of Decision (CFSP) 2015/1333, including delivery of arms as well as deployment of mercenaries into Libya in support of the Libya National Army. Wagner Group has participated in multiple military operations against the UN-endorsed Government of National Accord and has contributed to damaging the stability of Libya and undermining a peaceful process.’

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DECISIONS

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Official Journal of the European Union

L 341/9


COUNCIL DECISION (CFSP) 2020/1482

of 14 October 2020

amending Decision (CFSP) 2018/1544 concerning restrictive measures against the proliferation and use of chemical weapons

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty on European Union, and in particular Article 29 thereof,

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

Whereas:

(1)

On 15 October 2018, the Council adopted Decision (CFSP) 2018/1544 (1), concerning restrictive measures against the proliferation and use of chemical weapons.

(2)

On 20 August 2020, Alexei Navalny, a prominent opposition leader in Russia, was admitted to a hospital in Omsk, Russian Federation, due to his serious health condition.

(3)

On 22 August 2020, Alexei Navalny was transported to Berlin, Germany, where he was thoroughly examined.

(4)

On 2 September 2020, the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany announced that a specialised laboratory of the Federal Armed Forces had found evidence that Alexei Navalny had been subject to poisoning with a toxic nerve agent of the Novichok group. That finding was subsequently corroborated by laboratories in France and Sweden, as announced on 14 September 2020.

(5)

The European Council, in its conclusions of 1 and 2 October 2020, condemned the assassination attempt on Alexei Navalny. The use of chemical weapons constitutes a serious breach of international law. The European Council called upon the Russian Federation’s authorities to fully cooperate with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to ensure an impartial international investigation and to bring those responsible to justice.

(6)

In that context, and in view of the continued threat posed by the proliferation and use of chemical weapons, six persons and one entity 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 (CFSP) 2018/1544.

(7)

The Annex to Decision (CFSP) 2018/1544 should therefore be amended accordingly,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

The Annex to Decision (CFSP) 2018/1544 is 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, 14 October 2020.

For the Council

The President

M. ROTH


(1)  Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1544 of 15 October 2018 concerning restrictive measures against the proliferation and use of chemical weapons (OJ L 259, 16.10.2018, p. 25).


ANNEX

The following entries are inserted under the heading ‘List of natural and legal persons, entities and bodies referred to in Articles 2 and 3’ in the Annex to Decision (CFSP) 2018/1544:

A.   NATURAL PERSONS

Name

Identifying information

Grounds for designation

Date of listing

‘10.

Andrei Veniaminovich YARIN

(Андрей Вениаминович ЯРИН)

Gender: male;

Date of birth: 13 February 1970;

Place of birth: Nizhny Tagil;

Nationality: Russian;

Title: Chief of the Presidential Domestic Policy Directorate

Andrei Yarin is Chief of the Presidential Domestic Policy Directorate in the Presidential Executive Office in the Russian Federation. In this function, he is in charge of designing and implementing internal political orientations. Andrei Yarin was also appointed to a task force inside the Presidential Executive Office whose role was to counter Alexei Navalny’s influence in Russian society including through operations meant to discredit him.

Alexei Navalny has been the target of systematic harassment and repression by State and judicial actors in the Russian Federation due to his prominent role in the political opposition.

Alexei Navalny’s activities were closely monitored by the authorities of the Russian Federation during his journey to Siberia in August 2020. On 20 August 2020, he was taken seriously ill and admitted to a hospital in Omsk, Russian Federation. On 22 August 2020, he was transported to a hospital in Berlin, Germany. A specialised laboratory in Germany subsequently found clear evidence, also corroborated by laboratories in France and Sweden, that Alexei Navalny had been poisoned with a toxic nerve agent of the Novichok group. This toxic agent is accessible only to State authorities in the Russian Federation.

In these circumstances, it is reasonable to conclude that the poisoning of Alexei Navalny was only possible with the consent of the Presidential Executive Office. Given his senior leadership role in that Office, Andrei Yarin is therefore responsible for inducing and providing support to the persons who carried out or were involved in the poisoning of Alexei Navalny with the Novichok nerve agent, which constitutes a use of chemical weapons under the Chemical Weapons Convention.

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11.

Sergei Vladilenovich KIRIYENKO

(Сергей Вадиленович КИРИЕНКО)

Gender: male;

Date of birth: 26 July 1962;

Place of birth: Sukhumi;

Nationality: Russian;

Title: First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office

Sergei Kiriyenko is the First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office of the Russian Federation. In this function, he is responsible for domestic affairs, including political groups and activities.

Alexei Navalny has been the target of systematic harassment and repression by State and judicial actors in the Russian Federation due to his prominent role in the political opposition.

Alexei Navalny’s activities were closely monitored by the authorities of the Russian Federation during his journey to Siberia in August 2020. On 20 August 2020, he was taken seriously ill and admitted to a hospital in Omsk, Russian Federation. On 22 August 2020, he was transported to a hospital in Berlin, Germany. A specialised laboratory in Germany subsequently found clear evidence, also corroborated by laboratories in France and Sweden, that Alexei Navalny had been poisoned with a toxic nerve agent of the Novichok group. This toxic agent is accessible only to State authorities in the Russian Federation.

In these circumstances, it is reasonable to conclude that the poisoning of Alexei Navalny was only possible with the consent of the Presidential Executive Office. Given his senior leadership role in that Office, Sergei Kiriyenko is therefore responsible for inducing and providing support to the persons who carried out or were involved in the poisoning of Alexei Navalny with the Novichok nerve agent, which constitutes a use of chemical weapons under the Chemical Weapons Convention.

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12.

Sergei Ivanovich MENYAILO

(Сергей Иванович МЕНЯЙЛО)

Gender: male;

Date of birth: 22 August 1960;

Place of birth: Alagir;

Nationality: Russian;

Title: Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Siberian Federal District

Sergei Menyailo is the Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Siberian Federal District and in this capacity he is responsible for ensuring the implementation of the constitutional powers of the President including the implementation of domestic and foreign policy of the State. Sergei Menyailo is also a non-permanent member of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.

Alexei Navalny has been the target of systematic harassment and repression by State and judicial actors in the Russian Federation due to his prominent role in the political opposition.

Alexei Navalny’s activities were closely monitored by the authorities of the Russian Federation during his journey to Siberia in August 2020. On 20 August 2020, he was taken seriously ill and admitted to a hospital in Omsk, Russian Federation. On 22 August 2020, he was transported to a hospital in Berlin, Germany. A specialised laboratory in Germany subsequently found clear evidence, also corroborated by laboratories in France and Sweden, that Alexei Navalny had been poisoned with a toxic nerve agent of the Novichok group. This toxic agent is accessible only to State authorities in the Russian Federation.

In these circumstances, it is reasonable to conclude that the poisoning of Alexei Navalny was only possible with the consent of the Presidential Executive Office.

Given his senior leadership role as the representative of that Office in the Siberian Federal District, Sergei Menyailo is therefore responsible for inducing and providing support to the persons who carried out or were involved in the poisoning of Alexei Navalny with the Novichok nerve agent, which constitutes a use of chemical weapons under the Chemical Weapons Convention.

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13.

Aleksandr Vasilievich BORTNIKOV

(Александр Васильевич БОРТНИКОВ)

Gender: male;

Date of birth: 15 November 1951;

Place of birth: Perm;

Nationality: Russian;

Title: Director of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation

Aleksandr Bortnikov is the Director of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation and in this capacity he is responsible for the activities of the principal security agency in Russia.

Alexei Navalny has been the target of systematic harassment and repression by State and judicial actors in the Russian Federation due to his prominent role in the political opposition.

Alexei Navalny’s activities were closely monitored by the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation during his journey to Siberia in August 2020. On 20 August 2020, he was taken seriously ill and admitted to a hospital in Omsk, Russian Federation. On 22 August 2020, he was transported to a hospital in Berlin, Germany. A specialised laboratory in Germany subsequently found clear evidence, also corroborated by laboratories in France and Sweden, that Alexei Navalny had been poisoned with a toxic nerve agent of the Novichok group. This toxic agent is accessible only to State authorities in the Russian Federation.

In these circumstances and taking into account that Alexei Navalny was under surveillance at the time of his poisoning, it is reasonable to conclude that the poisoning was only possible with the involvement of the Federal Security Service.

Given his senior leadership role in the Federal Security Service, Aleksandr Bortnikov is therefore responsible for providing support to the persons who carried out or were involved in the poisoning of Alexei Navalny with the Novichok nerve agent, which constitutes a use of chemical weapons under the Chemical Weapons Convention.

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14.

Pavel Anatolievich POPOV

(Павел Анатольевич ПОПОВ)

Gender: male;

Date of birth: 01 January 1957;

Place of Birth: Krasnoyarsk;

Nationality: Russian;

Title: Deputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation

Pavel Popov is the Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation and in this capacity he has overall responsibility for research activities. This includes the oversight and development of the Ministry’s scientific and technical capabilities, including the development of potential and modernisation of existing weapons and military equipment.

The Russian Ministry of Defence took on the responsibility for the chemical weapons stocks inherited from the Soviet Union and their safe storage until their destruction could be completed.

On 20 August 2020, Alexei Navalny was taken seriously ill and admitted to a hospital in Omsk, Russian Federation. On 22 August 2020, he was transported to a hospital in Berlin, Germany. A specialised laboratory in Germany subsequently found clear evidence, also corroborated by laboratories in France and Sweden, that Alexei Navalny had been poisoned with a toxic nerve agent of the Novichok group. This toxic agent is accessible only to State authorities in the Russian Federation.

As a consequence of the overall responsibility of the Ministry of Defence for the safe storage and destruction of chemical weapons, the use of such chemical weapons in the territory of the Russian Federation could only be as a result of intent or negligence by the Ministry of Defence and its political leadership.

Given his senior leadership role in the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation, Pavel Popov is therefore responsible for assisting the persons who carried out or were involved in the poisoning of Alexei Navalny with the Novichok nerve agent, which constitutes a use of chemical weapons under the Chemical Weapons Convention.

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15.

Aleksei Yurievich KRIVORUCHKO

(Алексей Юрьевич КРИВОРУЧКО)

Gender: male;

Date of birth: 17 July 1975;

Place of Birth: Stavropol;

Nationality: Russian;

Title: Deputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation

Aleksei Krivoruchko is the Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation with the overall responsibility for armaments. This includes the oversight of the Ministry’s stocks of weapons and military equipment. He is also responsible for their elimination within the framework of the implementation of international treaties assigned to the Ministry of Defence.

The Russian Ministry of Defence took on the responsibility for the chemical weapons stocks inherited from the Soviet Union and their safe storage until their destruction could be completed.

On 20 August 2020, Alexei Navalny was taken seriously ill and admitted to a hospital in Omsk, Russian Federation. On 22 August 2020, he was transported to a hospital in Berlin, Germany. A specialised laboratory in Germany subsequently found clear evidence, also corroborated by laboratories in France and Sweden, that Alexei Navalny had been poisoned with a toxic nerve agent of the Novichok group. This toxic agent is accessible only to State authorities in the Russian Federation.

As a consequence of the overall responsibility of the Ministry of Defence for the safe storage and destruction of chemical weapons, the use of such chemical weapons in the territory of the Russian Federation could only be as a result of intent or negligence by the Ministry of Defence and its political leadership.

Given his senior leadership role in the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation, Aleksei Krivoruchko is therefore responsible for assisting the persons who carried out or were involved in the poisoning of Alexei Navalny with the Novichok nerve agent, which constitutes a use of chemical weapons under the Chemical Weapons Convention.

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B.   LEGAL PERSONS, ENTITIES AND BODIES

Name

Identifying information

Grounds for designation

Date of listing

‘2.

State Scientific Research Institute for Organic Chemistry and Technology (GosNIIOKhT)

(Государственный научно-исследовательский институт органической химии и технологии)

Address: Shosse Entuziastov 23, 11124 Moscow, Moscow Oblast, Russia;

Phone: +7 (495) 673 7530;

Fax: +7 (495) 673 2218;

Web: http://gosniiokht.ru

E-mail: dir@gosniiokht.ru

The State Scientific Research Institute for Organic Chemistry and Technology (GosNIIOKhT) is a state research institute with the responsibility for the destruction of chemical weapons stocks inherited from the Soviet Union.

The institute in its original role before 1994 was involved in the development and production of chemical weapons including the toxic nerve agent now know as “Novichok”. After 1994, the same facility took part in the government’s programme for the destruction of the stocks of chemical weapons inherited from the Soviet Union.

On 20 August 2020, Alexei Navalny was taken seriously ill and admitted to a hospital in Omsk, Russian Federation. On 22 August 2020, he was transported to a hospital in Berlin, Germany. A specialised laboratory in Germany subsequently found clear evidence, also corroborated by laboratories in France and Sweden, that Alexei Navalny had been poisoned with a toxic nerve agent of the Novichok group. This toxic agent is accessible only to State authorities in the Russian Federation.

The deployment of a toxic nerve agent of the Novichok group would therefore only be possible due to the failure of the Institute to carry out its responsibility to destroy the stockpiles of chemical weapons.

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EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 341/16


COUNCIL IMPLEMENTING DECISION (CFSP) 2020/1483

of 14 October 2020

implementing Decision (CFSP) 2015/1333 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Libya

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 (CFSP) 2015/1333 of 31 July 2015 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Libya, and repealing Decision 2011/137/CFSP (1), and in particular Article 12(2) thereof,

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

Whereas:

(1)

On 31 July 2015, the Council adopted Decision (CFSP) 2015/1333.

(2)

On 12 May 2020, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy issued a declaration, on behalf of the Union, which stated that the Union remains determined to see the UN arms embargo in Libya fully respected. It was also underlined that all efforts must be made to ensure the full and effective implementation of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions, also through the land and air borders with Libya.

(3)

On 21 September 2020, the Council adopted Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2020/1310 (2), which designated three entities involved in violating the UN arms embargo.

(4)

The Council remains gravely concerned about the situation in Libya and in particular about acts that threaten the peace, security or stability of Libya, including violations of the UN arms embargo.

(5)

In that context, one person involved in such acts should be added to the list of persons and entities subject to restrictive measures as set out in Annexes II and IV to Decision (CFSP) 2015/1333.

(6)

Annexes II and IV to Decision (CFSP) 2015/1333 should therefore be amended accordingly,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

Annexes II and IV to Decision (CFSP) 2015/1333 are amended in accordance with 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, 14 October 2020.

For the Council

The President

M. ROTH


(1)  OJ L 206, 1.8.2015, p. 34.

(2)  Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2020/1310 of 21 September 2020 implementing Decision (CFSP) 2015/1333 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Libya (OJ L 305 I, 21.9.2020, p. 5).


ANNEX

(1)   

In Annex II to Decision (CFSP) 2015/1333, under the heading ‘A. Persons’, the following entry is added:

 

Name

Identifying information

Reasons

Date of listing

‘19.

Yevgeniy Viktorovich PRIGOZHIN

(Евгений Викторович Пригожин)

Date of birth: 1 June 1961

Place of birth: Leningrad (St. Petersburg)

Nationality: Russian

Gender: male

Yevgeniy Viktorovich Prigozhin is a Russian businessman with close links, including financially, to the private military company Wagner Group.

In this way, Prigozhin is engaged in and providing support for Wagner Group’s activities in Libya, which threaten the country’s peace, stability and security.

In particular, Wagner Group is involved in multiple and repeated breaches of the arms embargo in Libya established in UNSCR 1970 (2011) and transposed in article 1 of Decision (CFSP) 2015/1333, including delivery of arms as well as deployment of mercenaries into Libya in support of the Libya National Army. Wagner Group has participated in multiple military operations against the UN-endorsed Government of National Accord and has contributed to damaging the stability of Libya and undermining a peaceful process.’

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(2)   

In Annex IV to Decision (CFSP) 2015/1333, under the heading ‘A. Persons’, the following entries are added:

 

Name

Identifying information

Reasons

Date of listing

‘24.

Yevgeniy Viktorovich PRIGOZHIN

(Евгений Викторович Пригожин)

Date of birth: 1 June 1961

Place of birth: Leningrad (St. Petersburg)

Nationality: Russian

Gender: male

Yevgeniy Viktorovich Prigozhin is a Russian businessman with close links, including financially, to the private military company Wagner Group.

In this way, Prigozhin is engaged in and providing support for Wagner Group’s activities in Libya, which threaten the country’s peace, stability and security.

In particular, Wagner Group is involved in multiple and repeated breaches of the arms embargo in Libya established in UNSCR 1970 (2011) and transposed in article 1 of Decision (CFSP) 2015/1333, including delivery of arms as well as deployment of mercenaries into Libya in support of the Libya National Army. Wagner Group has participated in multiple military operations against the UN-endorsed Government of National Accord and has contributed to damaging the stability of Libya and undermining a peaceful process.’

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