EU lifts sanctions against four of Yanukovych’s associates
The European Union has extended sanctions against 18 officials of the regime of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, in particular, for one year for 14 ex-officials, and until June 6 for another four people.
The corresponding decision was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on Friday in Brussels, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
The list of names on the extension of the sanctions doesn’t include those of Andriy Portnov, an ex-adviser to Yanukovych, Ihor Kalinin, ex-chairman of the Security Service of Ukraine, Oleksandr Yakymenko, a former head of the Security Service of Ukraine, and Oleksiy Azarov, the son of former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov.
The sanctions are extended until June for Olena Lukash, Viktor Yanukovych (Junior), the son of former Ukrainian president, Serhiy Kliuyev, and Dmytro Tabachnyk.
The sanctions are extended for one year for former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, his son Oleksandr, former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, former Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka and his son Artem, former Interior Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko, former head of the presidential administration Andriy Kliuyev, former Deputy Interior Minister Viktor Ratushniak, businessman Serhiy Kurchenko, former Health Minister Raisa Bohatyriova, businessman Yuriy Ivaniushchenko, former Minister of Energy Eduard Stavytskiy, former chairman of the Security Service of Ukraine Oleksandr Klymenko, and former Deputy Prime Minister Serhiy Arbuzov.
As UNIAN reported earlier, on Thursday, March 5, the European Union extended sanctions that foresee the freezing of assets of former Ukrainian officials and the return of stolen public funds to Ukraine.
"Our measures are to freeze the assets of persons who are the subject of an initial investigation into the embezzlement of public funds, including by the former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. The Council adjusted the sanctions, taking into account the progress of judicial review," the decision says.
As UNIAN reported earlier, on March 5, 2014 the EU froze the assets of 18 former Ukrainian high-ranking officials for one year, who were suspected of misappropriation of state property. The list was headed by former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
In addition to the president, who fled from Ukraine, the sanctions and a visa ban concerned former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and his son Oleksiy, the sons of former president Oleksandr and Viktor Yanukovych, former Interior Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko, former Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka, former SBU chairman Oleksandr Yakymenko, former first deputy head of the presidential administration Andriy Portnov, former Justice Minister Olena Lukash, former head of the presidential administration Andriy Klyuev and his brother Serhiy Kliuyev, and other senior officials.