The Council of the EU has decided to extend its EU-wide asset freeze against 3 people listed under its sanctions relating to the misappropriation of Ukrainian state funds. The listings were due to expire on 6 June 2015 and have been extended by 9 months for former Minister of Justice Olena Lukash and former Minister of Education and Science Dmytro Tabachnyk and by 4 months for brother of former President Viktor Yanukovich’s chief of staff Serhii Kliuiev. Mr Yanukovich’s younger son Viktor, whose listing is due to expire on 6 June, has not had his listing extended following reports that he died in March when the van he was driving fell through ice on Lake Baikal.
In its press release, the Council states that the decision “was taken in light of ongoing judicial proceedings in Ukraine with regard to these persons”. Currently, EU sanctions focused on the freezing and recovery of misappropriated Ukrainian state assets apply to a total of 17 people.
The regime is imposed pursuant to Council Regulation (EU) No 208/2014 and Council Decision 2014/119/CFSP, and the new updates are set out in Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/869 implementing Council Regulation (EU) 208/2014 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/876 amending Council Decision 2014/119/CFSP. HM Treasury’s notice is here.