The European Council has added seven persons to the list of those subject to restrictive measures over actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.
These new designations come as a consequence of the organisation of Russian local elections on 8 September 2019 in the illegally annexed Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol in Ukraine.
"Through their involvement in the elections, these people actively supported actions and implemented policies which undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine," the European Council explained on its website.
The decision brings the total number of persons listed by the EU to 177. In addition, the EU imposed an asset freeze on 44 entities under this sanctions regime. The measures consist of an asset freeze, meaning that all of the assets in the EU belonging to these entities are frozen and EU persons and entities cannot make any funds available to them.
The seven aforementioned individuals are:
- Sergei Danilenko, head of the Sevastopol electoral commission,
- Lidia Basova, deputy head of the Sevastopol electoral commission,
- Ekaterina Rybkova, secretary of the Sevastopol electoral commission,
- Ekaterina Altabaeva, member of the Russian Federation Council for the illegally annexed city of Sevastopol,
- Yuriy Gotsanyuk, prime minister of the so-called "Republic of Crimea",
- Vladimir Nemtsev, chairman of the so-called "legislative assembly" of the illegally annexed City of Sevastopol,
- Mikhail Razvozhaev, so-called "acting governor" of the illegally annexed city of Sevastopol.