Switzerland adds eight more persons to sanctions list imposed over Russian occupation of Crimea

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Canan Kevser
28 October 2021, 16:44
Canan Kevser
28 October 2021, 16:44

Switzerland has added eight more individuals to the sanctions list, including servants of the judicial system of the occupation authorities of Crimea and the Russian Federal Security Service.

The Centre of Expertise for Economic Policy (SECO) of Switzerland announced Monday that it expanded the list of personal sanctions against persons involved in the illegal occupation of Crimea by Russia and persecution of pro-Ukrainian activists in the occupied territory.

“On 22 October 2021 the Federal Department of Economic Affairs EAER modified the list of persons annexed to the ordinance on measures to prevent the circumvention of international sanctions connected with the situation in Ukraine. Eight individuals have been added to annex 3,” the message said.

According to the updated information on the Swiss sanctions program, the following Russian citizens were blacklisted:

Belousov Mikhail Nikolaevich - judge of the Kyiv district court of Simferopol and Dolgopolov Andrey Nikolaevich - chairman of the Kyiv district court of Simferopol. These people made several biased decisions in politically motivated cases against opponents of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol. Thus, they actively supported actions and pursued policies that undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

Kolpikov Evgeniy Sergeevich - Prosecutor of the Military Prosecutor's Office of the Southern Military Department of the Russian Federation. He persecuted pro-Ukrainian activists for opposing the annexation of the Crimean peninsula by Russia. He indicted a Ukrainian citizen in a Russian court forcibly displaced from the occupied Crimean peninsula.

Magomedov Magomed Farmanovich - Investigator for special cases of the First Investigation Department of the Directorate for Investigation of Particularly Important Cases of the Directorate of the Investigative Committee of Russia for the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol. He participated in politically motivated criminal investigations against the head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people.

Mikhailuk Leonid Vladimirovich - head of the Federal Security Service (FSB) in Crimea and Sevastopol and the regional anti-terrorist committee. He led the FSB forces, which intensified the campaign of persecution of opponents of the illegal occupation of Crimea.

Mozhelyanskiy Viktor Anatolyevich - Deputy Chairman of the Central District Court of Simferopol and a former judge of the Kyiv District Court of Simferopol and Redko Galina Vladimirovna - judge of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Crimea. They made several biased decisions in politically motivated cases against opponents of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol.

Terentyev Vladimir Nikolaevich - Head of the Main Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee of Russia for the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol. He supervised the activities of the committee on politically motivated cases against pro-Ukrainian activists who opposed the annexation of Crimea.

The personal restrictive measures have come into force at 6 pm on October 25, 2021.

Background

On April 2, 2014, the Swiss Federal Council decided not to accept the sanctions of the European Union, but to take all necessary measures so that Switzerland is not used to circumvent these sanctions. For this, the Federal Council issued a relevant decree, which was completely revised on August 27, 2014, and subsequently amended several times.

In October 2021, the European Union made a decision to add eight more people to the sanctions list as they contributed to the illegal annexation of Crimea.

On June 21, the EU Council extended the sanctions against Russia that were implemented as a response to the occupation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula. On July 12, the same authority prolonged the sanctions aimed at certain branches of the economy of the Russian Federation until January 31, 2022.