EU Imposes Restrictive Measures Against Lukashenko And 14 Top Officials

The European Union has approved an additional list of Belarusian officials against whom personal restrictive measures are being imposed, including Aleksandr Lukashenko, according to the official journal of the European Union.

As reported, the decision was made “in view of the gravity of the situation in Belarus, due to the ongoing repression of civil society and opposition activists”. Besides Aleksandr Lukashenko, there are 14 more people on the list of persons and entities subject to restrictive measures.

Viktor Lukashenko – National Security Advisor to the President, Member of the Security Council;

Igor Sergeenko – Chief of Staff of the Presidential Administration;

Ivan Tertel – Chairman of KGB, former Chairman of the State Control Committee;

Roman Melnik – Head of Main Directorate of Law and Order Protection and Prevention at the Ministry of Internal Affairs;

Ivan Noskevich – Chairman of the Investigative Committee;

Alexey Volkov – Former First Deputy Chairman of the Investigative Committee, currently Chairman of the State Committee for Forensic Expertise;

Sergei Azemsha – Deputy Chairman of the Investigative Committee;

Andrey Smal – Deputy Chairman of the Investigative Committee;

Andrey Pavlyuchenko – Head of the Operational Analytical Center under the President of the Republic of Belarus;

Igor Buzovsky – Deputy Minister of Information;

Natalia Eismont – Press Secretary of the President of Belarus;

Sergey Zubkov – ALFA Unit Commander of the KGB of Belarus;

Andrey Ravkov – Former State Secretary of the Security Council;

Petr Miklashevich – Chairman of the Constitutional Court.

On 24 September, the EU stated that the ‘inauguration’ and the new mandate claimed by Aleksandr Lukashenko lack any democratic legitimacy. The statement reiterated the EU’s expectation that the Belarusian authorities immediately refrain from any further repression and violence against the Belarusian people and immediately and unconditionally release all those detained, including political prisoners.

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