EU Imposes New Sanctions Against 29 Persons And 7 Entities In Belarus

The European Union has adopted the third package of sanctions against the Belarusian authorities and business, it includes several large companies. The lists are published in the official EU journal. Earlier this was announced by journalist Rikard Jozwiak on Twitter.

The list of those who were subject to restrictive measures of the European Union includes 29 people. Among them are Anatoli Sivak in his former leadership capacity as Chairman of the Minsk City Executive Committee and current position as Deputy Prime Minister; Natalia Kochanova as Chair of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus; Prosecutor General of Belarus Andrei Shved; Deputy Head of the Belarus President Property Management Directorate Gennady Bogdan.

 Regional authorities in the list are represented by Governor of the Grodno Oblast Vladimir Karanik, and the Chairman of Minsk Regional Executive Committee Aleksandr Turchin.The sanctions also affected the information block: the list included Minister of Information Igor Lutsky, First Deputy Minister of Information Pavel Legkyi, Head of the Belarusian State Television and Radio Company Ivan Eismont, his spouse Natalia Eismont was added to a previous sanction list in her position of the press-secretaty of Alexander Lukashenko.

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Two businessmen who are associated with Alexander Lukashenko also fell under the sanctions: Nikolay Vorobei, one of the leading businessmen with interests in petroleum, coal transit, banking and Aleksandr Shakutin, a businessman with interests in construction, machine building, agriculture. The latter is also the chairman of the board of directors and the main shareholder of the Amkodor holding. The also list includes judges, as well as representatives of the State Control Committee and various structures of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, among which is First Deputy Commander of the Internal Troops Igor Burmistrov.

Sanctions were also imposed on seven legal entities. Most of them are organizations working in the defense sector – OJSC 140 Repair Plant, which is part of the Belarusian State Authority for Military Industry; AGAT Electromechanical Plant, which is responsible for implementing the military-technical policy of the state, OJSC MZKT [whose employees went on strike in the wake of 2020 presidential elections were fired]; CJSC Beltechexport which exports weapons and military equipment produced by Belarusian state-owned companies abroad. The list includes GHU, the largest operator on the non-residential real estate market and a supervisor of numerous companies, as well as Dana Holdings, which is the main real estate developers and constructors in Belarus.

The restrictions imposed by the sanctions include a ban on entering the EU, freezing accounts of both natural and legal entities/bodies, as well as a ban on EU nationals from providing direct or indirect access to funds and cooperating with businesses on the sanctions list. This regulation enters into force on the date of its publication in the Official Journal of the EU.

Recall that on 2 October, the EU adopted the first sanctions package against Belarus. It imposed travel bans and assets freezing on 40 top officials – security leadership [the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the KGB], and members of the CEC. Then Alexander Lukashenko was not included in the sanctions list, “since this would undermine the demand of Brussels to engage in a dialogue with the opposition through the mediation of the OSCE”.

The second package was adopted on 6 November. The EU imposed sanctions on Lukashenko and 14 high-ranking officials. The list includes National Security Adviser Viktor Lukashenko, Head of the Presidential Administration of Belarus Igor Sergeenko, Chairman of the KGB Ivan Tertel, Chairman of the Investigative Committee Ivan Noskevich, Head of the Operational Analytical Center Andrei Pavlyuchenko and others.