On 16 February 2015, EU sanctions against 19 individuals and 9 entities in respect of the situation in Ukraine came into force.  The additions to the Ukrainian sanctions list were agreed by EU foreign ministers on 9 February, with their implementation delayed by a week in view of the peace talks in Minsk.  We previously reported on this matter here.

Among those listed in the new additions are Russia’s First Deputy Minister of Defence, Arkady Bakhin, Russia’s Deputy Minister of Defence, Anatoly Antonov, and the deputy chief of the general staff of the Russian armed forces, Andrei Kartapolov.

Also listed is Joseph Kobzon, a member of the Russian parliament who voted for Russia’s annexation of Crimea and has visited Donetsk in support of separatist fighters.  He is currently honorary consul of the self-declared Donetsk republic.  Previously a professional singer, Kobzon was honoured in 1980 as a “people’s artist of the USSR”.

Speaking on 13 February 2015, German Chancellor Angela Merkel confirmed that the sanctions would be entering into force on 16 February 2015, adding that the European Commission “was called on to prepare new possible sanctions against Russia if necessary.  The EU should be open to all of the possibilities to respond”.

The additions are made by Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/240, implementing Council Regulation (EU) 269/2014, and Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/241, amending Council Decision 2014/145/CFSP.

A full list of sanctions currently in force against Russia can be found in the “sanctions in force” section of this blog.

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About Michael O'Kane

Michael O’Kane is a partner and Head of the Business Crime team at leading UK firm Peters & Peters. Described as ‘first-rate’ (Legal 500 2012), he “draws glowing praise from commentators” (Chambers 2013) for handling the international aspects of business crime, including sanctions, extradition and mutual legal assistance. Called to the Bar in 1992 and prior to joining Peters & Peters he was a senior specialist prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service Headquarters(CPS). At CPS HQ he was a key member of a small specialist unit responsible for the prosecution of serious and high profile fraud, terrorist and special interest criminal matters including the Stansted Airport Afghan hijacking and the prosecution of Paul Burrell (Princess Diana’s butler). Michael joined Peters & Peters in 2002. He became a partner in May 2004, and Head of the Business Crime team in May 2009. Since joining Peters & Peters, Michael has dealt with a wide range of business crime matters. He has particular expertise in international sanctions, criminal cartels, extradition, corruption, mutual legal assistance, and FSA investigations. Described as“ an influential practitioner in fraud and regulatory work, so much so that he is top of the referral lists of many City firms for independent advice for directors” (The Lawyer’s Hot 100 2009), he was recognised as one of the UK’s most innovative lawyers in the 2011 FT Innovative Lawyer Awards and included in the list of the UK's leading lawyers in 'The International Who's Who of Asset Recovery 2012. In 2012 he was the winner of the Global Competition Review Article of the Year. Michael regularly appears on television and radio to discuss his specialist areas and he is the author of the leading textbook on the UK Criminal Cartel Offence “The Law of Criminal Cartels-Practice and Procedure” (Oxford University Press 2009). Recent/Current Sanctions Work • Representing 109 individuals and 12 companies subject to designation by the European Council under targeted measures imposed against Zimbabwe. This is the largest and most complex collective challenge to a sanctions listing ever brought before the European Court. • Acting for a former Egyptian Minister and his UK resident wife, challenging their designation by the European Council of Ministers under targeted measures brought against former members of the Egyptian Government. • Advising a company accused in a UN investigation report to have breached UN sanctions imposed in relation to Somalia. • Advising a UK company in relation to ongoing commercial relationships with an Iranian company listed under both EU and UN sanctions. • Advising an individual in relation to a UK investigation for alleging breaching nuclear export controls.

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