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Official Journal of the European Union

L 58/1


COUNCIL IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2022/336

of 28 February 2022

implementing Regulation (EU) No 269/2014 concerning restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

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

Having regard to Council Regulation (EU) No 269/2014 of 17 March 2014 concerning restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine (1), and in particular Article 14(1) thereof,

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

Whereas:

(1)

On 17 March 2014, the Council adopted Regulation (EU) No 269/2014.

(2)

The Union remains unwavering in its support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

(3)

In its conclusions of 24 and 25 June 2021, the European Council called on Russia to fully assume its responsibility in ensuring the full implementation of the Minsk Agreements as the key condition for any substantial change in the Union’s stance. It stressed the need for a firm and coordinated response by the Union and its Member States to any further malign, illegal and disruptive activity by Russia, making full use of all instruments at the Union’s disposal, and ensuring coordination with partners. To that end, the European Council also invited the Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (the ‘High Representative’) to present options for additional restrictive measures, including economic sanctions.

(4)

In its conclusions of 16 December 2021, the European Council stressed the urgent need for Russia to de-escalate tensions caused by the military build-up along its border with Ukraine and aggressive rhetoric. It reiterated its full support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. While encouraging diplomatic efforts and supporting the Normandy format in achieving the full implementation of the Minsk Agreements, the European Council stated that any further military aggression against Ukraine would have massive consequences and severe cost in response, including restrictive measures coordinated with partners.

(5)

On 24 January 2022, the Council approved conclusions in which it condemned Russia’s continued aggressive actions and threats against Ukraine, and called on Russia to de-escalate, to abide by international law and to engage constructively in dialogue through the established international mechanisms. The Council reaffirmed the Union’s full commitment to the core principles on which European security is built, enshrined in the United Nations (UN) Charter and the founding documents of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, including the Helsinki Final Act and the Charter of Paris. These core principles include, in particular, the sovereign equality and territorial integrity of States, the inviolability of frontiers, refraining from the threat or use of force, and the freedom of States to choose or change their own security arrangements. The Council stated that those principles are neither negotiable nor subject to revision or re-interpretation and that their violation by Russia is an obstacle to a common and indivisible security space in Europe and threatens peace and stability on the European continent. Recalling the European Council conclusions of 16 December 2021, the Council reiterated that any further military aggression by Russia against Ukraine would have massive consequences and severe costs, including a wide array of sectoral and individual restrictive measures that would be adopted in coordination with partners.

(6)

On 19 February 2022, the High Representative issued a declaration on behalf of the Union expressing concern over the massive build-up of Russian armed forces in and around Ukraine, and urged Russia to engage in meaningful dialogue and diplomacy, show restraint and de-escalate by a substantial withdrawal of military forces from the proximity of Ukraine's borders. The Union stated that any further military aggression by Russia against Ukraine would have massive consequences and severe costs in response, including restrictive measures coordinated with partners.

(7)

On 21 February 2022, the President of the Russian Federation signed a decree recognising the “independence and sovereignty” of the non-government-controlled areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine, and ordered the Russian armed forces into those areas.

(8)

On 22 February 2022, the High Representative issued a declaration on behalf of the Union condemning that illegal act, which further undermines Ukraine’s sovereignty and independence and is a severe breach of international law and international agreements, including the UN Charter, the Helsinki Final Act, the Paris Charter and the Budapest Memorandum, as well as of the Minsk Agreements and of UN Security Council Resolution 2202 (2015). The High Representative urged Russia, as a party to the conflict, to reverse that recognition, uphold its commitments, abide by international law and return to the discussions within the Normandy format and the Trilateral Contact Group. He announced that the Union would respond to these latest violations by Russia by adopting additional restrictive measures as a matter of urgency.

(9)

On 24 February 2022, the President of the Russian Federation announced a military operation in Ukraine and Russian armed forces began an attack on Ukraine. That attack is a blatant violation of the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

(10)

On 24 February 2022, the High Representative issued a declaration on behalf of the Union condemning in the strongest possible terms the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine by armed forces of the Russian Federation and the involvement of Belarus in this aggression against Ukraine. The High Representative indicated that the Union’s response will include both sectoral and individual restrictive measures.

(11)

On 24 February 2022, the European Council condemned in the strongest possible terms the Russian Federation’s unprovoked and unjustified military aggression against Ukraine. By its illegal military actions, Russia is grossly violating international law and the principles of the UN Charter, and undermining European and global security and stability. The European Council agreed on further restrictive measures that will impose massive and severe consequences on Russia for its actions, in close coordination with our partners and allies.

(12)

In view of the gravity of the situation, the Council considers that 26 persons and one entity should be added to the list of persons, entities and bodies subject to restrictive measures set out in Annex I to Regulation (EU) No 269/2014.

(13)

Annex I to Regulation (EU) No 269/2014 should therefore be amended accordingly,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

The persons and entity listed in the Annex to this Regulation shall be added to the list set out in Annex I to Regulation (EU) No 269/2014.

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, 28 February 2022.

For the Council

The President

J.-Y. LE DRIAN


(1)  OJ L 78, 17.3.2014, p. 6.


ANNEX

The following persons and entities are added to the list of natural and legal persons, entities and bodies set out in Annex I to Regulation (EU) No 269/2014:

1.   Persons

 

Name

Identifying information

Statement of Reasons

Date of listing

‘671

Igor Ivanovich SECHIN

(Игорь Иванович СЕЧИН)

DOB: 7.9.1960

POB: Leningrad, USSR (now Russian Federation)

Nationality: Russian

Gender: Male

Igor Sechin is CEO of Rosneft, Russian state oil company and one of the world's largest crude oil producers. He is one of Vladimir Putin’s most trusted and closest advisors, as well as his personal friend. He has been in contact with the Russian President on a daily basis. He is considered to be one of the most powerful members of the Russian political elite. His connections to Vladimir Putin are long and deep. He worked with the President in the St Petersburg mayor’s office in the 1990s and has proved his loyalty ever since. In 1999 Mr Sechin became Vladimir Putin’s deputy head of his administration, in 2008 deputy Prime Minister, and in 2012 Rosneft’s CEO. He is one of the Russian oligarchs operating in partnership with the Russian state.

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He is among those people from Putin’s circle who receive financial gains and important assignments in return for subordination and loyalty. He has been tasked with important and difficult tasks by the President and rewarded with Rosneft leadership and great wealth. Igor Sechin’s Rosneft was involved in financing the vineyards of the palace complex near Gelendzhik, which is considered to be personally used by President Putin.

Therefore he actively supported materially or financially and benefited from Russian decision-makers responsible for the annexation of Crimea and the destabilisation of Ukraine.

Furthermore, Rosneft Aero, a subsidiary of Rosneft of which Mr Sechin is CEO, delivers jet fuel to the Simferopol Airport which provides air flight connection between the territory of the illegally annexed Crimea and Sevastopol and Russia. Therefore he is supporting the consolidation of the illegally annexed Crimean peninsula into the Russian Federation, which in turn further undermines the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

 

672.

Nikolay Petrovich TOKAREV

(Николай Петрович ТОКАРЕВ)

DOB: 20.12.1950

POB : Karaganda, Kazakh SSR (now Kazakhstan)

Nikolay Tokarev is CEO of Transneft, major Russian oil and gas company. He is Vladimir Putin’s long-time acquaintance and close associate. He served together with Putin in the KGB in 1980s. Mr Tokarev is one of the Russian state oligarchs who assumed control over large state assets in the 2000s as President Putin consolidated power, and who operate in close partnership with the Russian state. Mr Tokarev has been in charge of Transneft, one of Russia’s most important government-controlled companies, which transports considerable amount of Russian oil through a well-developed oil pipelines network.

Nikolay Tokarev’s Transneft is one of the main sponsors of the palace complex near Gelendzhik which is widely considered to be personally used by President Putin. He benefits from his proximity to the Russian authorities. Close relatives and acquaintances of Mr Tokarev enriched themselves thanks to contracts signed with the state-owned companies.

Therefore he actively supported materially or financially and benefited from Russian decision-makers responsible for the annexation of Crimea and the destabilisation of Ukraine.

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673.

Alisher USMANOV

(Russian: Алишер Бурханович УСМАНОВ; Uzbek: Alisher USMONOV)

DOB: 9.9.1953

POB: Chust, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union

Function: Russian oligarch

Alisher Usmanov is pro-Kremlin oligarch with particularly close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. He has been referred to as one of Vladimir Putin’s favorite oligarchs. He is considered to be one of Russia’s businessmen-officials, who were entrusted with servicing financial flows, but their positions depend on the will of the President. Mr Usmanov has reportedly fronted for President Putin and solved his business problems. According to FinCEN files he paid $6 million to Vladimir Putin’s influential adviser Valentin Yumashev. Dmitry Medvedev, the Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia and former President and Prime Minister of Russia, benefited from the personal use of luxurious residences controlled by Mr Usmanov.

Therefore he actively supported materially or financially Russian decision-makers responsible for the annexation of Crimea and the destabilisation of Ukraine.

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Mr Usmanov has interests in iron ore and steel, media and internet companies. His largest holding is steel giant Metalloinvest. When Mr Usmanov took control of business daily Kommersant, the freedom of the editorial staff was curtailed and the newspaper took a manifestly pro-Kremlin stance. The Kommersant under Mr Usmanov’s ownership published a propagandist anti-Ukrainian article by Dmitry Medvedev, in which the former President of Russia argued that it was meaningless to engage in talks with the current Ukrainian authorities, who in his opinion were under direct foreign control.

Therefore he actively supported the Russian government’s policies of destabilisation of Ukraine.

 

674.

Petr Olegovich AVEN

(Пëтр Олегович АВЕН)

DOB: 16.3. 1955

POB: Moscow, Russian Federation

Function: Oligarch close to Vladimir Putin. One of the main shareholders of the Alfa Group

Gender: Male

Petr Aven is one of Vladimir Putin’s closest oligarchs. He is an important shareholder of the Alfa Group, which includes one of major Russian banks, Alfa Bank. He is one of approximately 50 wealthy Russian businessmen who regularly meet with Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin. He does not operate independently of the President’s demands. His friendship with Vladimir Putin goes back to the early 1990s. When he was the Minister of Foreign Economic Relations, he helped Vladimir Putin, then deputy mayor of St. Petersburg, with regard to the Sal’ye Commission investigation. He is also known to be an especially close personal friend of the Rosneft chief Igor Sechin, a key Putin ally. Vladimir Putin’s eldest daughter Maria ran a charity project, Alfa-Endo, which was funded by Alfa Bank.

Mr Aven benefitted from his government connections. He wrote a letter to Vladimir Putin complaining about the Moscow Arbitration Court’s decision in the legal case concerning interests of one of Mr Aven’s businesses. Vladimir Putin instructed the Prosecutor General of Russia to investigate the case. Vladimir Putin rewarded Alfa Group’s loyalty to the Russian authorities by providing political help to Alfa Group foreign investment plans.

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Mr Aven and his business partner Mikhail Fridman have been engaged in the Kremlin’s efforts to lift the Western sanctions issued to counter Russian aggressive policy against Ukraine. In 2016 Vladimir Putin warned Mr Aven about the prospect that the United States would impose additional sanctions against Aven and/or Alfa-Bank and suggested that he needed to take steps to protect himself and Alfa-Bank, to which Mr Aven complied. In 2018 Mr Aven along with Mr Fridman visited Washington DC on an unofficial mission to convey the Russian government’s message on US sanctions and on counter-sanctions by the Russian Federation.

Therefore he actively supported materially or financially and benefited from Russian decision-makers responsible for the annexation of Crimea and the destabilisation of Ukraine. He also supported actions or policies which undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

 

675.

Mikhail Maratovich FRIDMAN

(Михаил Маратович ФРИДМАН)

DOB: 21.4.1964

POB : Lviv, Russian Federation

Gender : Male

Mikhail Fridman is the founder and one of the main shareholders of the Alfa Group, which includes the major Russian bank Alfa Bank. He has managed to cultivate strong ties to the administration of Vladimir Putin, and has been referred to as a top Russian financier and enabler of Putin’s inner circle. He managed to acquire state assets through government connections. Vladimir Putin’s eldest daughter Maria ran a charity project, Alfa-Endo, which was funded by Alfa Bank. Vladimir Putin rewarded Alfa Group’s loyalty to the Russian authorities by providing political help to Alfa Group foreign investment plans.

Mr Fridman and his business partner Petr Aven have been engaged in the Kremlin’s efforts to lift the Western sanctions issued to counter Russian aggressive policy against Ukraine. In 2018 Mr Fridman along with Mr Aven visited Washington DC on an unofficial mission to convey the Russian government’s message on US sanctions and on counter-sanctions by the Russian Federation.

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Therefore he actively supported materially or financially and benefited from Russian decision-makers responsible for the annexation of Crimea and the destabilisation of Ukraine. He also supported actions or policies which undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

 

676.

Sergei Pavlovich ROLDUGIN (Сергей Павлович РОЛДУГИН)

DOB: 28.9.1951

POB : Sakhalin Oblast

Cellist

Function : businessman, close friend of Vladimir Putin.

Mr Roldugin is a businessman with close ties to Vladimir Putin. He is part of Putin’s network financial scheme. He owns at least 5 offshore entities and he keeps his assets at Bank Rossiya (sanctioned by the Union), known in Moscow as “Putin’s wallet”. According to the investigation of the ICIJ, Mr Roldugin is responsible for “shuffling” at least 2 billion USD through banks and offshore companies as a part of Putin’s hidden financial network. He also took part in “Troika Laundromat”, and he funneled billions of USD through the system. Moreover, he received more than 69 million USD through companies within the “Troika Laundromat”.

He is therefore responsible for actively supporting, materially or financially, Russian decision-makers responsible for the annexation of Crimea and the destabilisation of Ukraine.

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677.

Dmitry Sergeyevich PESKOV

(Дмитрий Сергеевич ПЕСКОВ)

DOB: 17.10.1967

POB: Moscow, Russian Federation

Gender: Male

Dmitri Peskov is the press secretary of President Putin. He has publically defended the aggressive policy of Russia against Ukraine, including the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation. In numerous statements, he has stressed that the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol is an integral part of Russia, and that its recovery by Ukraine is not possible. He called Ukrainian actions aimed at ending Russian occupation of the Crimean Peninsula a territorial claim against Russia. He has expressed his opinion about the impossibility of negotiations with the Ukrainian authorities, stressing that they are not considered a partner by the Russian side. He stated, contrary to facts, that there were no Russian troops in Donbass. He has also conveyed the message that Western sanctions have no real effect on Russia. He threatened that Russia would issue counter-sanctions in reply.

Therefore he actively supported actions or policies which undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, as well as stability and security in Ukraine.

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678.

Dmitry Nikolaevich CHERNYSHENKO

(Дмитрий Николаевич ЧЕРНЫШЕНКО)

DOB: 20.9.1968

POB: Saratov, Russia

Function: Deputy Prime Minister of Russia for Tourism, Sport, Culture and Communications

Member of the Board of Directors of Russian Railways

Gender: Male

Dmitry Chernyshenko is Deputy Prime Minister of Russia for Tourism, Sport, Culture and Communications and member of the Board of Directors of the Russian Railways, appointed to this position by the Government of the Russian Federation.

In October 2021 Russia started an unprecedented military build-up on or near the Ukrainian border and within Ukraine’s occupied Crimea region. Russian Armed Forces conducted mass-scale military exercises there. This led to the escalation of the conflict and put destabilising pressure on Ukraine. Both military personnel and military equipment of the Russian Armed Forces were transported to the areas near the Ukrainian border by the Russian Railways of which Mr Chernyshenko is a member of the Board of Directors. On 24 February 2022 Russia, launched a full-scale military aggression on Ukraine.

Therefore, he is responsible for actively supporting or implementing actions or policies which undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, as well as stability and security in Ukraine.

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679.

Irek Envarovich FAIZULLIN

(Ирек Энварович ФАЙЗУЛЛИН)

DOB: 8.12.1962

POB: Kazan, USSR, Now Russian Federation

Function: Member of the Board of Directors of the Russian Railways.

Minister of Construction and Housing of the Russian Federation.

Gender: Male

Mr Irek Faizullin is Minister of Construction and Housing of Russia and member of the Board of Directors of the Russian Railways, appointed to this position by the Government of the Russian Federation.

In October 2021, Russia started an unprecedented military build-up on or near the Ukrainian border and within Ukraine’s occupied Crimea region. Russian Armed Forces conducted mass-scale military exercises there. This led to the escalation of the conflict and put destabilising pressure on Ukraine. Both military personnel and military equipment of the Russian Armed Forces were transported to the areas near the Ukrainian border by the Russian Railways of which Mr Faizullin is a member of the Board of Directors.

Therefore, he is responsible for actively supporting or implementing actions or policies which undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, as well as stability and security in Ukraine.

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680.

Vitaly Gennadyevich SAVELYEV

(Виталий Геннадьевич САВЕЛЬЕВ)

DOB: 18.1.1954

POB: Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Function: Member of the Board of Directors of the Russian Railways. Minister of Transport of Russia since 2020, former CEO of Aeroflot

Vitaly Savelyev is Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation and member of the Board of Directors of the Russian Railways, appointed to this position by the Government of the Russian Federation. He is the former CEO of Aeroflot.

In October 2021, Russia started an unprecedented military build-up on or near the Ukrainian border and within Ukraine’s occupied Crimea region. Russian Armed Forces conducted mass-scale military exercises there. This led to the escalation of the conflict and put destabilising pressure on Ukraine. Both military personnel and military equipment of the Russian Armed Forces were transported to the areas near the Ukrainian border by the Russian Railways of which Mr Savelyev is a member of the Board of Directors.

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What is more, Aeroflot under Mr Savelyev’s leadership provided regular passenger air transportation between Russian airports and Simferopol international airport, and therefore supported the consolidation of the illegally annexed Crimean peninsula into the Russian Federation, which in turn further undermined the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

Therefore, he is responsible for actively supporting or implementing actions or policies which undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, as well as stability and security in Ukraine.

 

681.

Andrey Anatolyevich TURCHAK

(ТУРЧАК, Андрей Анатольевич)

DOB: 20.12.1975

POB: Leningrad, USSR (now Russian Federation)

Function: Secretary of the general council of the United Russia party

First deputy speaker of the Federation Council.

Andrey Turchak is secretary of the General Council of United Russia party and first deputy speaker of the Federation Council. His political success is associated with his father, Anatoly Turchak, who trained judo with Vladimir Putin and the Rotenberg brothers. He promoted a positive attitude to the recognition of the separatist so-called “People’s republics” of Donetsk and Luhansk.

He called on the Russian authorities to provide the pro-Russian separatist forces in the Donbas region with advanced weapons. He publically stated that it was impossible to solve the Donbas conflict in a peaceful manner with the Ukrainian authorities. He expressed unfounded claims about a planned Ukrainian military offensive in Donbas. He led negotiations with Denis Pushilin, head of the separatist so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic”. He visited a mobilisation point of the separatist armed forces in the frontline zone of Donbass to personally congratulate the soldiers of the separatist so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” on Defender of the Fatherland Day. He publically defended Russia’s decision to recognise the separatist Donbas “republics”. He stated that Russia is indifferent to Western sanctions.

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Therefore, he is responsible for actively supporting or implementing, actions or policies which undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, as well as stability and security in Ukraine.

 

682.

Tigran Edmondovich KEOSAYAN

(Тигран Эдмондович КЕОСАЯН)

DOB: 4.1.1966

POB: Moscow, Russia

Function: Actor and director, host of the propagandist TV show on political affairs on NTV channel, called “International Sawmill with Tigran Keosayan”.

Mr Tigran Keosayan is a film director and journalist who has spread anti-Ukrainian propaganda in the Russian media. In his state-funded TV show “International Sawmill with Tigran Keosayan”, he consistently portrayed Ukraine as a weak and corrupt country, which had been maintained solely thanks to Western help. He suggested that the Ukrainian authorities were not legitimate. He repeatedly stated that Crimea belonged to Russia, and that Donbas was not part of Ukraine. Mr Keosayan participated in the “Russian Donbas” forum which was organised by the authorities of the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” in Donetsk with an aim to spread the doctrine of “Russian Donbas”. He publicly accused Ukraine of escalating the conflict.

Therefore, he is responsible for actively supporting or implementing, actions or policies which undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, as well as stability and security in Ukraine.

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TV show “International Sawmill with Tigran Keosayan” received funding from Russian state-owned companies, which was unjustified on commercial grounds, but was granted as a reward to Mr Keosayan for his propagandist efforts and for his loyalty to Vladimir Putin. Mr Keosayan directed a propagandist film “The Crimean Bridge. Made with Love!”, which glorified the Crimean Bridge which connects the territory of the illegally annexed Crimean Peninsula to Russia. The film was reportedly conceived as a gift to President Putin. Alexei Gromov, first deputy head of the presidential administration, helped to ensure state funding for the film, thanks to which Mr Keosayan achieved financial profit.

Therefore he benefitted from Russian decision-makers responsible for the annexation of Crimea and the destabilisation of Ukraine.

 

683.

Olga Vladimirovna SKABEYEVA

(Ольга Владимировна СКАБЕЕВА)

DOB: 11.12.1984

Function: Co-founder and editor-in-chief of the REGNUM portal;

POB: Volzhsky, Russia

Function: Journalist of the state-owned TV Rossiya-1, leading a political talk-show “60 minutes” (together with her husband Yevgeniy Popov) – the most popular talk-show in Russia)

Gender: Female

Ms. Olga Skabeyeva is a journalist of the state-owned TV station Rossiya-1. Together with her husband Yevgeniy Popov, she hosts the most popular political talk-show in Russia, “60 Minutes”, where she has spread anti-Ukrainian propaganda, and promoted a positive attitude to the annexation of Crimea and the actions of separatists in Donbas.

In her TV show she consistently portrayed the situation in Ukraine in a biased manner, depicting the country as an artificial state, sustained both militarily and financially by the West and thus – a Western satellite and tool in NATO’s hands. She has also diminished Ukraine’s role to “modern anti-Russia”. Moreover, she has frequently invited such guests as Mr Eduard Basurin, the Press Secretary of the Military Command of so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” and Mr Denis Pushilin, head of the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic”. She expelled a guest who did not comply with Russian propaganda narrative lines, such as “Russian world” ideology. Ms. Skabeyeva appears to be conscious of her cynical role in the Russian propaganda machine, together with her husband.

Therefore, she is responsible for actively supporting or implementing, actions or policies which undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, as well as stability and security in Ukraine.

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684.

Alexander PONOMARENKO

(Алексaндр Анатольевич ПОНОМАРEНКО)

DOB: 27.10. 1964

POB: Bilohirsk, Ukrainian SSR

Function: Russian oligarch, Chairman of the Board of Sheremetyevo International Airport

Alexander Ponomarenko is a Russian oligarch and Chairman of the Board of Sheremetyevo International Airport. Mr Ponomarenko has close links to other oligarchs associated with Vladimir Putin, as well as Sergey Aksyonov, leader of the so-called “Republic of Crimea” on the territory of the illegally annexed Crimean Peninsula. He was involved in the financing of the palace complex near Gelendzhik, which is considered to be personally used by President Putin.

Therefore he actively supported materially or financially Russian decision-makers responsible for the annexation of Crimea and the destabilisation of Ukraine.

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685.

Modest Alexeyevich KOLEROV

(Модест Алексеевич КОЛЕРОВ)

DOB: 12.4.1963

POB: Kimovsk, Russia

Function: Co-founder and editor-in-chief of the REGNUM portal, which specializes in the post-Soviet area. From 2005 to 2007 he worked in the Presidential Administration.

Gender: Male

Modest Kolerov is co-founder and editor-in-chief of the REGNUM portal, which he has used to spread aggressive and biased propagandist narratives against Ukraine, and to promote a positive attitude to the annexation of Crimea and the actions of separatists in Donbas. He often depicted Ukraine as fascist or neo-Nazi country, and a pro-Western puppet. He stated that Ukraine had been artificially created by Lenin and Stalin. According to his publications, Ukraine owes its independence to Russia and thus it deserves no right to be a sovereign state. He also suggested that Russia should put an end to Ukraine’s existence.

Furthermore, he proposed to divide Ukraine between its neighbours and threatened that an independent Ukraine would be a threat to Russia. He actively advocated for the recognition of so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” and “Luhansk People’s Republic”, and for more Russian actions in favor of the separatists in Eastern Ukraine. He negated proof of Russian military support for the separatists, and depicted the OSCE’s mission in Eastern Ukraine, as biased and subordinate to Kyiv.

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Therefore, he is responsible for actively supporting or implementing, actions or policies which undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, as well as stability and security in Ukraine, and for obstructing the work of international organisations in Ukraine.

 

686.

Roman Georgievich BABAYAN

(Роман Георгиевич БАБАЯН)

DOB: 7.12.1967

POB: Baku, Azerbaijan

Function: Journalist, host of the “Own Truth” TV show on NTV channel and “Right of Voice” on TV Cent. He is also editor-in-chief of “Moscow Speaks” radio. He is also member of Moscow City Duma.

Gender: Male

Mr Roman Babayan is a journalist and member of Moscow City Duma. He hosts the “Own Truth” TV show on NTV channel and “Right of Voice” show on TV Cent. He is also an editor-in-chief of “Moscow Speaks” radio. He has spread anti-Ukrainian propaganda and promoted a positive attitude to the actions of separatists in Donbas.

In interview he gave to Ukraina.ru, he clearly stated that every inhabitant of Donbas would prefer the region to join Russia, and questioned Ukraine's right to its own territories. Furthermore, he accused Ukrainian authorities of nationality-based persecutions in Donbas and a de facto genocide, and said that Ukrainians had killed children and elderly people in Donbas. He also supported the Russian narrative about the “fascist regime” in Ukraine. In order to do this he presented an indistinct recording with soldiers bearing the Nazi German naval ensign, describing them as Ukrainians.

Therefore, he is responsible for actively supporting or implementing, actions or policies which undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, as well as stability and security in Ukraine.

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687.

Yevgeniy Nikolaevich PRILEPIN

(Евгений Николаевич ПРИЛЕПИН),

alias Zakhar PRILEPIN (Russian: Захар ПРИЛЕПИН),

alias Yevgeniy LAVLINSKIY (Russian: Евгений ЛАВЛИНСКИЙ)

DOB: 7.7.1975

POB: Il’inka, Russia

Function: Journalist, writer, co-chairman of A Just Russia – Patriots – For Truth party, activist.

Mr Prilepin is a Russian activist, journalist, writer and co-chairman of A Just Russia – Patriots – For Truth party. He expressed his public support to the Russian separatists in Crimea and Donbas. He sent aid to Donetsk and advised the separatist leaders. He participated in the Donbas conflict on the separatist side, serving as a deputy commander of one of the separatist battalions, and described his involvement in details.

Furthermore, he used his fame and reputation as a famous writer to spread anti-Ukrainian propaganda, and to promote a positive attitude to the annexation of Crimea and the actions of separatists in Donbas. Mr Prilepin depicted Ukrainian authorities as corrupt, blamed them for the escalation of conflict, called Kyiv a Russian city and stated that the ultimate Russian goal should be to capture Kyiv. He starred in Russian documentary propagandist film "Crimea: The Way Home," which glorified the illegal annexation of the Crimean Peninsula by Russia.

Therefore, he is responsible for actively supporting or implementing, actions or policies which undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, as well as stability and security in Ukraine.

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688.

Anton Vyacheslavovich KRASOVSKY

(Антон Вячеславович КРАСОВСКИЙ),

alias Anton Vyacheslavovich KUZNETSOV-KRASOVSKY (Антон Вячеславович КУЗНЕЦОВ-КРАСОВСКИЙ).

DOB: 18.7.1975

POB: Podolsk, Russia

Function: Activist, journalist, propagandist, host of a talk show named “The Antonyms” on RT, Russian state-funded TV channel

Mr Anton Krasovsky is a journalist, who hosts the “The Antonyms” talk show on RT, Russian state-funded TV channel. He has spread anti-Ukrainian propaganda. He called Ukraine a Russian land and denigrated Ukrainians as a nation. He also threatened Ukraine with Russian invasion if Ukraine was any closer to join NATO. He suggested that such action would end up in “taking away” the constitution of Ukraine and “burning it on Khreshchatyk” together. Furthermore, he suggested that Ukraine should join Russia.

Therefore, he is responsible for actively supporting or implementing, actions or policies which undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, as well as stability and security in Ukraine.

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689.

Arkady Viktorovich MAMONTOV

(Аркадий Викторович МАМОНТОВ)

DOB: 26.5.1962

POB: Novosibirsk, Russia

Function: TV journalist and TV presenter, host of the TV show “Author’s Program of Arkady Mamontov” on Rossiya-1 TV channel, author of documentary movies.

Mr Arkady Mamontov is host of the television show “Author’s Program of Arkady Mamontov” and author of documentary films for Russian TV. He has spread anti-Ukrainian propaganda.

He directed a propagandist film in support of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol, in which he portrayed Ukrainian rule prior to the illegal annexation as chaotic and full of anarchy. In his films he depicted Ukraine as a centre of neo-Nazism, fascism, nationalism and anti-Russian sentiment. He exaggerated the role of far-right organisations in Ukraine. He accused Ukraine of discriminatory policies against Russian culture and language in Ukraine. He undermined the credibility and legitimacy of Ukrainian authorities by suggesting that Euromaidan was a coup d’état inspired from abroad, and that the Ukrainian government was dependent on the United States of America.

Therefore, he is responsible for actively supporting or implementing, actions or policies which undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, as well as stability and security in Ukraine.

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690.

Sergei Mikhailovich PINCHUK

(Сергей Михайлович ПИНЧУК)

DOB: 26.07.1971

POB: Sevastopol, Ukrainian SSR, (now Ukraine)

Function: Vice-admiral, first deputy commander in chief of the Black Sea Fleet

Sergey Pinchuk is vice-admiral and first deputy commander in chief of the Black Sea Fleet, which is subordinated to the Southern Military District of the Russian Armed Forces, and has been involved in military actions against Ukraine.

Since mid-October 2021, Russian military forces have started an unprecedented military build-up on or near the Ukrainian border and within Ukraine’s occupied Crimea region. In this respect many observers and policymakers have expressed concerns about a possible new Russian invasion of Ukraine or other aggressive actions. Forces of the Black Sea Fleet took part in mass-scale military drills near and within Ukraine’s borders.

After Vladimir Putin’s decision to recognise the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” and “Luhansk People’s Republic” soldiers of the Southern Military District entered the territory of those two self-proclaimed republics. When on 24 February 2022 Russia launched a full-scale military invasion on Ukraine, Russian troops of the Black Sea Fleet carried out landing operation in Mariupol and Odessa.

Therefore, Sergei Pinchuk is responsible for actively supporting or implementing actions or policies which undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, as well as stability and security in Ukraine.

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691.

Alexey Yurevich AVDEEV

(Алексей Юрьевич АВДЕЕВ)

DOB: 17.5.1967

POB: Tashkent, USSR (now Uzbekistan)

Function: Lieutenant General, Deputy commander of the Southern Military District

Gender: Male

Alexey Avdeev is deputy commander of Russia’s Southern Military District, which has been involved in military actions against Ukraine.

Ukraine has lately become the main target of the Southern Military District. Because of that, the new 8th Army was formed and the District’s presence on the territory of illegally annexed Crimean peninsula was expanded. Since mid-October 2021, Russian military forces have started an unprecedented military build-up on or near the Ukrainian border and within Ukraine’s occupied Crimea region. In this respect many observers and policymakers have expressed concerns about a possible new Russian invasion of Ukraine or other aggressive actions. Troops from the Southern Military District have conducted military drills in areas encircling Ukraine and have moved artillery and battalion tactical groups into the Crimean peninsula. After Vladimir Putin’s decision to recognise the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” and “Luhansk People’s Republic” soldiers of the Southern Military District entered the territory of these two self-proclaimed republics. The Southern Military District also supervised military exercises of the armed forces of the separatist “republics”.

Therefore, Alexey Avdeev is responsible for actively supporting or implementing actions or policies which undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, as well as stability and security in Ukraine.

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692.

Rustam Usmanovich MURADOV

(МУРАДОВ Рустам Усманович)

DOB: 21.3.1973

POB: Dagestan, Russia

Function: Lieutenant General, Deputy commander of the Southern Military District

Gender: Male

Rustam Muradov is Lieutenant General and deputy commander of the Southern Military District, which has been involved in military actions against Ukraine.

Ukraine has lately become the main target of the Southern Military District. Because of that, the new 8th Army was formed and the District’s presence on the territory of illegally annexed Crimean peninsula was expanded. Since mid-October 2021, Russian military forces have started an unprecedented military build-up on or near the Ukrainian border and within Ukraine’s occupied Crimea region. In this respect many observers and policymakers have expressed concerns about a possible new Russian invasion of Ukraine or other aggressive actions. Troops from the Southern Military District have conducted military drills in areas encircling Ukraine and have moved artillery and battalion tactical groups into the Crimean peninsula. The Southern Military District also supervised military exercises of the armed forces of the separatist “republics”. After Vladimir Putin’s decision to recognise the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” and “Luhansk People’s Republic” soldiers of the Southern Military District entered the territory of these two self-proclaimed republics. On 24 February 2022, Russia launched a full-scale military invasion on Ukraine.

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Therefore, Rustam MURADOV is responsible for actively supporting or implementing actions or policies which undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, as well as stability and security in Ukraine.

 

693.

Andrey Ivanovich SYCHEVOY

(Андрей Иванович СЫЧЕВОЙ)

DOB: 16.5.1969

POB: village of Troitskaya, Krymsky District, Krasnodar Territory, USSR

Function: Lieutenant General, Commander of the 8th Guards Combined Arms Army of the Southern Military District

Gender : Male

Andrey Sychevoy is lieutenant general and commander of the 8th Guards Combined Arms Army of the Southern Military District, which has been involved in military actions against Ukraine.

Ukraine has lately become the main target of the Southern Military District. Because of that new 8th Army was formed and District’s presence on the territory of illegally annexed Crimean peninsula was expanded. Since mid-October 2021, Russian military forces have started an unprecedented military build-up on or near the Ukrainian border and within Ukraine’s occupied Crimea region. In this respect many observers and policymakers have expressed concerns about a possible new Russian invasion of Ukraine or other aggressive actions. Troops from the Southern Military District have conducted military drills in areas encircling Ukraine and have moved artillery and battalion tactical groups into the Crimean peninsula. The Southern Military District also supervised military exercises of the armed forces of the separatist “republics”. After Vladimir Putin’s decision to recognise the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” and “Luhansk People’s Republic” soldiers of the Southern Military District entered the territory of these two self-proclaimed republics. On 24 February 2022, Russia launched a full-scale military invasion on Ukraine.

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Therefore, Andrey Sychevoy is responsible for actively supporting or implementing actions or policies which undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, as well as stability and security in Ukraine.

 

694.

Gennady Nikolayevich TIMCHENKO

(Геннадий Николаевич ТИМЧЕНКО)

Function: Owner of the private investment group Volga Group

DOB: 9.11.1952

POB: Leninakan, Sovjet Union (now: Gyumri, Armenia)

Nationality: Armenian, Russian, Finnish

Gender: Male

Gennady Timchenko is a long-time acquaintance of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and is broadly described as one of his confidants.

He is benefiting from his links with Russian decision-makers. He is founder and shareholder of the Volga Group, an investing group with a portfolio of investments in key-sectors of the Russian economy. The Volga Group contributes significantly to the Russian economy and its development.

He is also a shareholder of Bank Rossiya which is considered the personal bank of Senior Officials of the Russian Federation. Since the illegal annexation of Crimea, Bank Rossiya has opened branches across Crimea and Sevastopol, thereby consolidating their integration into the Russian Federation.

Furthermore, Bank Rossiya has important stakes in the National Media Group which in turn controls television stations which actively support the Russian government’s policies of destabilisation of Ukraine.

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He is therefore responsible for supporting actions and policies which undermine the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

He is also responsible for providing financial and material support, and benefiting from Russian decision-makers responsible for the annexation of Crimea and the destabilisation of Ukraine.

 

695.

Alexey Alexandrovits MORDASCHOV

(Алексей Александрович МОРДАШОВ)

Function: Chairman of Severstal and Severgroup

DOB: 26.9.1965

POB: Cherepovets, Russia

Nationality: Russian

Gender: Male

Associates: Yuriy KOVALCHUK; Nikolay SHAMALOV

Alexey Mordaschov is benefiting from his links with Russian decision-makers. He is chairman of the company Severgroup. This company is a shareholder of Bank Rossiya, of which he owned around 5,4 % in 2017 and which is considered the personal bank of Senior Officials of the Russian Federation. Since the illegal annexation of Crimea, Bank Rossiya has opened branches across Crimea and Sevastopol, thereby consolidating their integration into the Russian Federation.

Furthermore, Severgroup has considerable stakes in the National Media Group which in turn controls television stations which actively support the Russian government’s policies of destabilisation of Ukraine.

Additionally, Severgroup is owner of the company JSC Power machines which is responsible for selling four wind turbines to the occupied Crimean peninsula.

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He is therefore responsible for supporting actions and policies which undermine the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

He is also responsible for providing financial and material support, and benefiting from Russian decision-makers responsible for the annexation of Crimea and the destabilisation of Ukraine

 

696.

Peter Mikhaylovich FRADKOV

(Петр Михайлович ФРАДКОВ)

Function: Chairman of the PJSC Promsvyazbank

DOB: 7.2.1978

POB: Moscow, Russia

Gender: Male

Petr Fradkov is the chairman of the PJSC Promsvyazbank and the sole executive body of the bank. Promsvyazbank is a Russian State-owned bank, which provides financial support to the Russian defence sector and the Russian Military, which is responsible for the massive deployment of Russian troops along the border with Ukraine and for the presence of Russian troops in the Crimean peninsula.

Promsvyazbank is directly instructed by the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, and therefore provides financial and material support to Russian decision-makers responsible for the destabilization of Ukraine and the illegal annexation of Crimea.

Promsvyazbank operates in the Crimean Peninsula.

He is therefore, as chairman of Promsvyazbank, responsible for supporting actions and policies which undermine the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

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2.   Entities

 

Name

Identifying information

Statement of Reasons

Date of listing

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Gas Industry Insurance Company SOGAZ

(Акционерное общество «Страховое общество газовой промышленности» АО «СОГАЗ»)

Address: Sakharov boulevard 10, Moscow, 107078, Russian Federation

Telephone:

+7 8(495) 234-44-24

+7 8 800 333 0 888

Website: https://sogaz.ru

Email: sogaz@sogaz.ru ; cf@sogaz.ru

Joint stock company «Gas Industry Insurance Company SOGAZ » insured the construction of the railway infrastructure connecting the bridge over the Kerch Strait and the Port of Taman and reinsured the construction of the bridge over the Kerch Strait. Therefore it supported the consolidation of the illegally annexed Crimean peninsula into the Russian Federation, which in turn further undermined the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

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