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October 29, 2013 - EU Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1054/2013 of 29 October 2013 implementing Article 8a(1) of Regulation (EC) No 765/2006 concerning restrictive measures in respect of Belarus

On the basis of a review of Council Decision 2012/642/CFSP, the Council has decided that those restrictive measures should be extended until 31 October 2014.

In view of the continuing gravity of the situation in Belarus, the Council considers that three persons should be added to the list of persons and entities to which the restrictive measures provided for in Decision 2012/642/CFSP apply. The Council also considers that there are no longer grounds for keeping certain persons and entities on the list of persons and entities to which the restrictive measures provided for in Decision 2012/642/CFSP apply. Furthermore, the information relating to certain persons and entities set out in Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 765/2006 should be updated.

October 29, 2013 - EU sanctions against Belarus extended - Following an annual review, the Council today extended EU restrictive measures against Belarus until 31 October 2014. This is because not all political prisoners have been released, no released prisoner has been rehabilitated, and the respect for human rights, the rule of law and democratic principles has not improved. The EU maintains its policy of critical engagement with Belarus, intended to promote respect for human rights, the rule of law and democratic principles in that country. The annual review updated the list of those targeted with a travel ban and freeze of their assets within the EU. 232 persons and 25 entities remain. The legal acts have been adopted by written procedure and will enter into force upon publication in the EU Official Journal of 30 October.

For more information on the EU's policy of critical engagement with Belarus, see Council conclusions on Belarus of 15 October 2012 and fact sheet.


May 29, 2013 - implementing regulation (EU) No 494/2013 of 29 May 2013 implementing Regulation (EC) No 765/2006 concerning restrictive measures in respect of Belarus.

The following person and entities are deleted from Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 765/2006:

Person

Entities


November 13, 2012 - UK Implementing Council Regulation (EU) No 1014/2012 - of 6 November 2012 amending Regulation (EC) No 765/2006 concerning restrictive measures in respect of Belarus & Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1017/2012 - of 6 November 2012 implementing Article 8a(1) of Regulation (EC) No 765/2006 concerning restrictive measures in respect of Belarus

The lists of natural or legal persons, entities and bodies subject to restrictive measures as set out in Annexes I, IA and IB to Regulation (EC) No 765/2006 have been consolidated into a single Annex I. The information relating to listed natural or legal persons, entities and bodies should be updated.


October 15, 2012 - Council conclusions on Belarus

The Council adopted the following conclusions:

  1. "Recalling the Council conclusions of 31 January 2011, 20 June 2011 and 23 March 2012, the Council notes the importance which it attaches to this country which neighbours the EU and to the citizens of that country, and remains gravely concerned about the lack of respect for human rights, democracy and rule of law in Belarus.
  2. Referring to the Statement by High Representative Catherine Ashton and Commissioner Stefan Füle, the Council regrets that the Parliamentary elections of 23 September 2012, which took place against an overall background of repression, represented another missed opportunity for Belarus to hold elections in line with OSCE and international standards. It calls on the Belarusian authorities to address the recommendations made by the OSCE/ODIHR, to cooperate fully to that end with the OSCE/ODIHR, and to permit the return of an OSCE Office to Belarus.
  3. The Council reiterates its calls for the immediate release and rehabilitation of all remaining political prisoners. It notes the release of Syarhei Kavalenka as a positive signal, but regrets that this was conditional on request for a Presidential pardon. The Council also remains deeply concerned about decisions concerning additional prison sentences and continued reports of mistreatment of political prisoners.
  4. The Council again calls upon the Belarusian authorities to stop the harassment of civil society, the political opposition and the independent media. The Council urges the Belarusian authorities to comply with the Human Rights Council Resolution 20/13, including to implement all recommendations contained in the report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights of April 2012 and to cooperate fully with the new UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus.
  5. As not all political prisoners have been released and no released prisoner has been rehabilitated, and against the background of the lack of improvement as regards the respect for human rights, the rule of law and democratic principles, the Council decided to prolong the existing restrictive measures until 31 October 2013. In this context, the Council recalls its Conclusions of 23 March 2012 and reiterates that its policy on restrictive measures remains open and under constant review.
  6. In the spirit of EU solidarity, the Council again calls on Belarus to respect fully internationally recognized diplomatic privileges and immunities of EU Member States' diplomatic representations and their personnel in Belarus, including to allow them to perform fully their functions.
  7. The Council reiterates its firm commitment to strengthening the EU's engagement with the Belarusian people and civil society. The Council expresses its continued full support for and the intention to further elaborate the “European Dialogue on Modernisation”. It notes that the European Dialogue has stimulated a substantial debate among representatives of Belarusian society with a view to proposing concrete ideas on the reform needs and encourages the authorities of Belarus to engage in the discussions.
  8. The Council reiterates the EU's readiness to launch negotiations for visa facilitation and readmission agreements which would enhance people-to-people contacts to the benefit of the Belarusian population at large, and regrets the absence of response from the Belarusian authorities to Commission's invitation in June 2011 to start negotiations. Meanwhile, the Council welcomes that EU Member States continue to make optimal use of the existing flexibilities offered by the Visa Code, in particular the possibilities to waive and reduce visa fees for certain categories of Belarusian citizens or in individual cases and would welcome the possibilities to explore ways to further reduce visa fees for Belarusian citizens.
  9. The Council reiterates its commitment to the policy of critical engagement, including through dialogue and participation in the Eastern Partnership, and recalls that the development of bilateral relations under the Eastern Partnership is conditional on progress towards respect by Belarus for the principles of democracy, the rule of law and human rights. The Council reiterates the EU’s willingness to assist Belarus to meet its obligations in this regard."

EU Press Release


March 24, 2012 - Implementing Regulation (EU) No 265/2012 concerning restrictive measures

Implementing Article 8a(1) of Regulation (EC) No 765/2006 concerning restrictive measures in respect of Belarus - One Name Adjustment, adding twelve Natural Persons and 29 Entities.

CHANGED - The entry for the person named below shall be replaced by the following:

Persons and entities referred to in Article 2

ADDED – Persons

ADDED - Entities


March 23, 2012 - Factsheet update

Since the violations of electoral standards in the 19 December 2010 presidential elections and the subsequent violent crackdown on civil society, the political opposition and independent media, the EU has at many occasions and in different fora expressed its concern about the lack of respect for human rights, the rule of law and democratic principles in Belarus. The EU’s concerns are many, and spelt out in the Council conclusions of 31 January 2011, 20 June 2011 and 23 March 2012, as well as in the numerous statements by High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission Catherine Ashton on Belarus.

The first priority is the immediate and unconditional release and rehabilitation of the twelve persons that the EU considers political prisoners. All harassment of members of the opposition, and of civil society must stop and the repressive policies must be rolled back.

The restrictive measures of the EU are an important instrument to keep up the political pressure on Belarus. The EU has repeatedly stressed that the measures remain open and under constant review. In January 2011, the Council decided to target those responsible for violation of international electoral standards in the presidential elections or the crackdown on civil society and the democratic opposition. The criteria were expanded in January 2012 to also target those responsible for serious violations of human rights, the repression of civil society and opposition and persons or entities benefiting from or supporting the regime (see annex on restrictive measures against the Belarusian regime).

To make it clear that the EU’s policies are not directed against Belarus as such nor against its population, the EU has, in parallel, strengthened its engagement with civil society, the political opposition and the public at large.

In June 2010, the Commission invited Belarus to start negotiations for visa facilitation and readmission agreement to the benefit of the population at large. However, so far, there has been no formal answer by the Belarusian authorities. Meanwhile, the EU’s member states are using the existing flexibilities offered by the Visa Code to waive and reduce visa fees.

The EU has also significantly stepped up its support to civil society and the independent media in Belarus, and has even gone beyond its pledge at the February 2011 donors conference in Warsaw to quadruple its funding. The assistance now stands at €19.3 million for 2011-2013. It takes different forms and there are a number of opportunities for financial assistance. Regular meetings are held to coordinate the work of international implementers and donors.

On 29 March 2012, Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Füle will officially launch a European dialogue on modernisation with the Belarusian civil society and political opposition on necessary reforms for the modernisation of Belarus and on potential development of relations with the EU, as well as possible EU support in this regard.

The EU policy is also not one of isolation. The EU remains committed to the policy of critical engagement, including through the Eastern partnership’s multilateral track. We maintain technical dialogues and cooperation with Belarus is a number of areas of mutual concern. In summer 2011, the EU upgraded its delegation in Belarus and Ambassador Maira Mora was accredited to Belarus in September 2011.

The EU also made clear on many occasions that the broader development of bilateral relations between the EU and Belarus is conditional on progress by the authorities towards the principles of human rights, the rule of law and democracy.

Background A Partnership and Cooperation Agreement with Belarus was signed on 6 March 1995, but the ratification by EU member states remains suspended since 1997.

Annex - Restrictive measures against the Belarusian regime

The EU first imposed restrictive measures against the Belarusian regime in 2004 in response to the disappearance of four opposition activists in 1999 and 2000. The sanctions have been gradually reinforced since then. Following the violation of international electoral standards in the 2006 presidential elections, those responsible for the fraudulent elections, including President Aleksandr Lukashenka, were added to the list of those subject to a travel ban. Asset freezes were subsequently imposed.

In October 2008, the travel bans on President Lukashenka and 31 other Belarusian politicians and senior officials and were suspended so as to encourage dialogue with the Belarusian authorities and measures to strengthen democracy and the respect for human rights. In the wake of the violation of electoral standards in the December 2010 presidential elections in Belarus, the suspension was revoked in January 2011. Including the decision adopted on 23 March, 243 persons are targeted by a freeze of their assets within the European Union. They are responsible for the violation of international electoral standards in the presidential elections in 2006 or 2010 or serious human rights violations and the repression of civil society and the democratic opposition, or are businessmen associated with, or benefiting from and supporting the Lukashenka regime. The same 243 persons are subject to a ban from entering into the EU. A total of 32 business entities have also been listed.

An embargo on arms and material that can be used for internal repression was imposed in June 2011.

The restrictive measures are currently valid until 31 October 2012. The legislation that is the basis for the EU sanctions can be seen here.

EU Press Release


March 23, 2012 - COUNCIL IMPLEMENTING DECISION 2012/171/CFSP of 23 March 2012 - implementing Decision 2010/639/CFSP concerning restrictive measures against Belarus


March 23, 2012 - Council reinforces restrictive measures against Belarusian regime

Against the background of the further deterioration of the situation in Belarus, the Council today strengthened restrictive measures against those responsible for the repression of civil society in that country. The Council added 12 persons to the list of those targeted by a travel ban and an asset freeze. They include individuals benefiting from and supporting the regime as well as persons responsible for the repression of civil society and the democratic opposition in Belarus.

In addition, the Council froze the assets of 29 entities, which are controlled by persons subject to restrictive measures due to their role in supporting the regime.

EU High Representative Catherine Ashton said: "Our decision today comes in response to the negative developments we have seen in Belarus. The situation is getting worse and the authorities are tightening their grip on civil society. Instead of increasing repression, Belarus must release and rehabilitate all political prisoners and roll back its repressive policies." Today's decisions come in addition to already existing measures: more than

200 individuals are already subject to a travel ban and a freeze of their assets within the EU. Moreover, the assets of three companies linked to the regime are already frozen while exports to Belarus of arms and material for internal repression are prohibited. EU Press Release


March 23, 2012 - Council conclusions on Belarus - The Council adopted the following conclusions:

  1. Recalling the Council conclusions on 31 January 2011 and 20 June 2011, the Council reiterates its grave concern about the continued lack of respect for human rights, democracy and rule of law in Belarus, and regrets that further repressive measures have taken place.
  2. As the political prisoners have not been released and rehabilitated, and against the background of the further deterioration of the situation, the Council decided to designate additional persons responsible for serious violations of human rights or the repression of civil society and democratic opposition, to the list of those subject to travel restrictions and assets freezes. The Council also decided to designate further businessmen and companies benefitting from or supporting the regime and will agree further such designations at upcoming Council meetings if all Belarusian political prisoners are not released. The EU ́s restrictive measures remain open and under constant review.
  3. The EU calls for the immediate release and rehabilitation of all remaining political prisoners. It condemns the rejection of the appeal of human rights defender and political prisoner Ales Byalyatski as well as the sentencing to two years in prison of Syarhei Kavalenka. The EU is deeply concerned about reports of torture and inhumane prison conditions of political prisoners, such as of former presidential candidates Andrei Sannikaw and Mikalay Statkevich and activists Dzmitry Bandarenka, Dzmitry Dashkevich and Mikalay Awtukhovich. The Council reminds the Belarusian authorities of their obligation under international law to ensure the respect of the prohibition of torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, and of their responsibility to investigate reports thereof.
  4. Recalling the statement of HR Ashton of 17 March 2012, the EU strongly condemns the execution of Uladzislaw Kavalyow and Dzmitry Kanavalaw. The EU reiterates its call on the authorities of Belarus to join a global moratorium on the death penalty as a first step towards its universal abolition. The EU opposes capital punishment under all circumstances.
  5. The EU reiterates its call on the Belarusian authorities to stop all harassment of members of the opposition, human rights defenders, journalists and civil society, and not to hinder their freedom of movement. The EU also condemns the suppression of non-violent protests and the systematic use of the judicial system as a means of repression, including against peaceful protesters. It is furthermore strongly concerned about the introduction of new legislation that will further restrict the Belarusian citizens’ freedoms of assembly, association and the free flow of information on the internet, as well as the provision of support to civil society.
  6. The Council again urges Belarus to respect internationally recognised diplomatic immunities and privileges of EU diplomatic representations and their personnel in Minsk and to stop the ongoing harassment and intimidation.
  7. In the context of the upcoming 2014 World Ice Hockey Championship, the EU will keep International and National Ice Hockey Federations informed about its deep concerns as regards the lack of respect by Belarus for human rights, the rule of law and democratic principles.
  8. The EU reiterates its firm commitment to strengthening its engagement with the Belarusian people and civil society and to supporting the democratic aspirations of the Belarusian people. The Council welcomes that the EU is now launching a “European dialogue on modernisation” with the Belarusian society on necessary reforms for the modernisation of Belarus and on the related potential development of relations with the EU, as well as possible EU support in this regard.
  9. The EU calls on the Belarusian authorities to follow up on their previously announced intention to initiate a national dialogue with civil society and the opposition to pave the way for the holding of parliamentary elections in 2012 in line with international norms and standards. The EU calls on the Belarusian authorities to cooperate within the OSCE in view of a re-opening of the OSCE field presence in Belarus, and to adhere to and implement OSCE commitments across all three dimensions, in particular in the area of human rights and fundamental freedoms.
  10. The EU reiterates its readiness to launch negotiations for visa facilitation and readmission agreements which would enhance people-to-people contacts to the benefit of the Belarusian population at large, and strongly regrets the unconstructive position of the Belarusian authorities in not responding so far to the letter sent in June 2011 inviting them to start negotiations. In order to facilitate the issuing of visas to the Belarusian public, the Council welcomes that the EU Member States will strive to make optimal use of the existing flexibilities offered by the Visa Code, in particular the possibilities to waive and reduce visa fees for certain categories of Belarusian citizens or in individual cases. The Council recalls the possibilities of facilitating movement of persons living in border areas, and calls on the authorities of Belarus to take the necessary steps for the entry into force of all local border traffic agreements with its neighbouring EU member states in accordance with the EU acquis on local border traffic.
  11. The Council will continue to follow closely the situation in Belarus. The Council reiterates its commitment to the policy of critical engagement, including through dialogue and the Eastern Partnership, and recalls that the development of bilateral relations is conditional on progress towards respect by Belarus for the principles of democracy, the rule of law and human rights. The EU remains willing to assist Belarus to meet its obligations in this regard."

EU Press Release


February 29, 2012 - Implementing regulation (EU) No 170/2012 of 28 February 2012 implementing Article 8a(1) of Regulation (EC) No 765/2006 concerning restrictive measures in respect of Belarus


February 28, 2012 - The Council added 21 persons responsible for the repression of civil society and the democratic opposition in Belarus to the list of those targeted by a travel ban and an asset freeze. EU Press Release


December 19, 2011 - Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1320/2011 of 16 December 2011 implementing Article 8a(1) of Regulation (EC) No 765/2006 concerning restrictive measures in respect of Belarus.

Individuals added

  1. BANDARENKA, Siarhei, Uladzimiravich - a.k.a: BONDARENKO, Sergei, Vladimirovich - Position: Judge of the Pervomaiski District Court of Minsk
  2. SAIKOUSKI, Uladzimir - a.k.a: SAIKOVSKI, Vladimir - Position: Public Prosecutor of the Pervomaiski District Court of Minsk

December 16, 2011 - EU strengthens restrictive measures on Belarus - In view of the gravity of the situation in Belarus, the Council today reinforced the EU's restrictive measures on those responsible for the continuing repression of civil society, the political opposition and the independent media in Belarus. The Council added two persons involved in the trial of human rights defender Ales Byalyatski to the list of those subject to an asset freeze and a ban from entering the EU. This brings the number of persons targeted to 210. At the same time, the assets of three entities linked to the regime remain frozen while exports to Belarus of arms and materials that might be used for internal repression are prohibited. EU Press Release


October 10, 2011 - Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 999/2011 of 10 October 2011 amending Regulation (EC) No 765/2006 concerning restrictive measures in respect of Belarus. The following was changed -Where a payment by a natural or legal person, entity or body listed is due under a contract or agreement that was concluded by, or an obligation that arose for the natural or legal person, entity or body concerned before the date on which that person, entity or body had been listed, the competent authorities of the Member States, as indicated on the websites listed, may authorise, under such conditions as they deem appropriate, the release of certain frozen funds or economic resources, provided that:


October 10, 2011 - Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1000/2011 of 10 October 2011 implementing Article 8a(1) of Regulation (EC) No 765/2006 concerning restrictive measures in respect of Belarus. Adding of names to the regulation.

The European Union has expanded sanctions against the regime of authoritarian Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko because of its continued repression of the opposition. EU extended a visa ban and asset freeze against 192 individuals linked to the regime and added 16 more. The EU has also banned its members from sending arms or riot gear to the eastern European nation. Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal said that "Lukashenko should understand that he has to free all political prisoners." Beyond confirming the current sanctions, Rosenthal called for added action. (Source: Open Sources Internet)

Individuals (added) <sort> HERASIMOVICH, Volha, Ivanavna a.k.a: (1) GERASIMOVICH, Olga, Ivanovna - (2) HERASIMOVICH, Volha, Ivanovna - Position: Prosecutor in the City Court of Minsk IHNATOVICH-MISHNEVA, Liudmila a.k.a: IGNATOVICH-MISHNEVA, Liudmila - Position: Prosecutor of the City Court of Minsk KAMAROUSKAYA, Volha, Paulauna a.k.a: KOMAROVSKAIA, Olga, Pavlovna - Position: Judge of the City Court of Minsk KAMISARAU, Valery, Mikalayevich a.k.a: KOMISSAROV, Valeri, Nikolaevich - Position: Judge of the City Court of Minsk KAVALIOU, Aliaksandr, Mikhailavich a.k.a: KOVALEV, Aleksandr, Mikhailovich - Position: Director of the prison camp in Gorki KHROBASTAU, Uladzimir, Ivanavich a.k.a: KHROBOSTOV, Vladimir, Ivanovich - Position: Judge of the City Court of Minsk KHRYPACH, Siarhei, Fiodaravich a.k.a: KHRIPACH, Sergei, Fiodorovich - Position: Judge of the City Court of Minsk KORNAU, Uladzimir, Uladzimiravich a.k.a: KORNOV, Vladimir, Vladimirovich - Position: Judge at the City Court of Minsk KROT, Ihar, Uladzimiravich a.k.a: KROT, Igor, Vladimirovich - Position: Judge of the City Court of Minsk NAZARANKA, Vasil, Andreyevich a.k.a: NAZARENKO, Vasili, Andreevich - Position: Judge of the City Court of Minsk PALUYAN, Uladzimir, Mikalayevich - DOB: 1961 - POB: Village Nekrashevichi of Karelichi district of Hrodna region - a.k.a: PALUYAN, Vladimir, Nikolaevich - Position: Minister of Taxes and Duties SHASTAKOU, Maksim, Aleksandrauvich a.k.a: (1) SHASTAKOU, Maksim, Aleksandravich (2) SHASTAKOU, Maxim, Aleksandrauvich (3) SHASTAKOU, Maxim, Aleksandravich (4) SHASTAKOU, Maxsim, Aleksandrauvich (5) SHASTAKOU, Maxsim, Aleksandravich (6) SHESTAKOV, Maksim, Aleksandrovich - Position: Prosecutor in the Pervomaiski District Court of Minsk STSIAPURKA, Uladzimir, Mikhailavich a.k.a: STEPURKO, Vladimir, Mikhailovich - Position: Judge of the City Court of Minsk UNUKEVICH, Tamara, Vasileuna a.k.a: VNUKEVICH, Tamara, Vasilievna - Position: Judge of the City Court of Minsk YARMALITSKI, Siarhei, Uladzimiravich a.k.a: (1) ERMOLITSKI, Sergei, Vladimirovich (2) YERMOLITSKI, Sergei, Vladimirovich - Position: Director of the prison camp in Shklov. ZAITSAVA, Viktoryia, Henadzeuna a.k.a: ZAITSEVA, Viktoria, Gennadievna - Position: Judge of the City Court of Minsk </sort> Individuals (changed) <sort> BAZANOV, Aleksandr, Viktorovich BAZANAU, Aliaksandr, Viktaravich BUSHCHIK, Vasili, Vasilievich BUSHNAIA, Natalia, Vladimirovna IPATOV, Vadim, Dmitrievich KATSUBO, Svetlana, Petrovna KISELEVA, Nadezhda, Nikolaevna MAZOUKA, Siarhei PEFTIEV, Vladimir PODOLIAK, Eduard, Vasilievich RAKHMANOVA, Marina, Iurievna SHADRINA, Anna, Stanislavovna SHCHUROK, Ivan, Antonovich </sort> Entity (added) SPORT-PARI - Controlled by Vladimir Peftiev in conjunction with Dzmitry Aliaksandravich Lukashenka, through the latter’s control of the President’s Sports Club, which holds a mandatory, state-owned majority share in Sport-Pari Operator of the Republican Lottery company.


July 13, 2011 - EU declaration on the alignment of certain third (candidate) countries concerning concerning restrictive measures against certain officials of Belarus EU Press Release


June 20, 2011 - COUNCIL REGULATION (EU) No 588/2011 - Amending Regulation (EC) No 765/2006 concerning restrictive measures against President Lukashenko and certain officials of Belarus. EU 588/2011

Added - Individuals <sort> CHUBKAVETS, Kiril a.k.a: CHUBKOVETS, Kirill - Position: Public prosecutor GRACHOVA, Liudmila a.k.a: GRACHEVA, Liudmila / GRACHEVA, Lyudmila / GRACHIOVA, Ludmila / GRACHOVA, Ludmila / GRACHOVA, Lyudmila - Position: Judge of the Leninski District Court of Minsk KAZHEUNIKAU, Andrey a.k.a: KOZHEVNIKOV, Andrey - Position: Public prosecutor PEFTIEV, Vladimir DOB: 01/07/1957 POB: Berdyansk, Zaporozhskaya Oblast, Ukraine a.k.a: PEFTIEV, Vladimir, Pavlovich - Position: Chairman of the Council of Shareholders of Beltechexport - Passport Details: MP2405942 - Other Information: Associated with President Lukashenko and his family. Chief economic advisor and key financial sponsor of the Lukashenko regime. </sort>

Added - Entities <sort> BELTECHEXPORT - Address: Nezavisimost ave, 86-B, Minsk, Republic of Belarus, 220012 Other Information: Controlled by Vladimir Peftiev. Tel (+375 17) 263-63-83. Fax (+375 17) 263-90-12. PRIVATE UNITARY ENTERPRISE (PUE) BT TELECOMMUNICATIONS - Other Information: Controlled by Vladimir Peftiev. SPORT-PARI - Other Information: Controlled by Vladimir Peftiev. Operator of the Republican Lottery company. </sort>


COUNCIL IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) No 505/2011 of 23 May 2011 implementing Regulation (EC) No 765/2006 concerning restrictive measures against President Lukashenko and certain officials of Belarus (adding of individuals) EU 505/2011

Name Place and DoB Position
CHUBKAVETS, Kiril a.k.a: CHUBKOVETS, Kirill Public prosecutor
GRACHOVA, Liudmila a.k.a: GRACHEVA, Liudmila / GRACHEVA, Lyudmila / GRACHIOVA, Ludmila / GRACHOVA, Ludmila / GRACHOVA, Lyudmila Judge of the Leninski District Court of Minsk
KAZHEUNIKAU, Andrey a.k.a: KOZHEVNIKOV, Andrey Public prosecutor
PEFTIEV, Vladimir a.k.a: PEFTIEV, Vladimir, Pavlovich DOB: 01/07/1957 POB: Berdyansk, Zaporozhskaya Oblast, Ukraine Chairman of the Council of Shareholders of Beltechexport - Passport Details: MP2405942 - Other Information: Associated with President Lukashenko and his family. Chief economic advisor and key financial sponsor of the Lukashenko regime
BELTECHEXPORT Address: Nezavisimost ave, 86-B, Minsk, Republic of Belarus, 220012 Other Information: Controlled by Vladimir Peftiev. Tel (+375 17) 263-63-83. Fax (+375 17) 263-90-12.
PRIVATE UNITARY ENTERPRISE (PUE) BT TELECOMMUNICATIONS Other Information: Controlled by Vladimir Peftiev.
SPORT-PARI Other Information: Controlled by Vladimir Peftiev. Operator of the Republican Lottery company.
Shykarou, Uladzislau Shikarov, Vladislav Judge of the Zheleznodorozhny District Court of Vitebsk. He sentenced several protesters during the appeal trial, despite the fact that they were not found guilty by the Court of First Instance.
Merkul, Natallia Viktarauna Merkul, Natalia Viktorovna (Merkul, Natalya Viktorovna) 13.11.1964 Director of the Secondary School in Talkov City, Pukhovichi District. On 27 January 2011 she fired Natalia Ilinich, a highly regarded teacher of the secondary school for her political views and for her participation at the 19 December 2010 events.
Akulich, Sviatlana Rastsislavauna Okulich, Svetlana Rostislavovna 27.8.1948 or 1949 Judge of the Pukhovichi District Court. She unlawfully rejected the motion of Natalia Ilinich to restore her position as teacher of the Secondary School in Talkov City.
Pykina, Natallia Pykina, Natalia (Pykina, Natalya) Judge of the Partizanski District Court dealing with Likhovid’s case. She sentenced Mr. Likhovid, an activist of ‘The Movement for Freedom’, to 3 and a half year in prison of strict regime.
Mazouka, Siarhei Mazovka, Sergei (Mazovko, Sergey) Prosecutor of the Dashkevich- Lobov case. Dmitri Dashkevich and Eduard Lobov, activists of the Young Front, were sentenced to several years of imprisonment for ‘hooliganism’. The real reason for their imprisonment was that both actively participated in the electoral campaign in December 2010, supporting one of the candidates of the opposition.
Aliaksandrau, Dzmitry Piatrovich Aleksandrov, Dmitri Petrovich Judge of the Supreme Economic Court. He sustained the ban of the independent ‘Autoradio’ station. (The ‘Autoradio’ was banned for ‘having broadcasted calls for mass disturbances during the presidential campaign in December 2010’. Upon a contract in force, the radio was transmitting the electoral program of Mr. Sannikov, one of the opposition candidates, saying ‘the future will be decided not in the kitchens, but on the square!’).

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Vakulchyk, Valery Vakulchik, Valeri Chief of the Analytical Center of the Presidential Administration, responsible for telecommunication, including monitoring, filtering, bugging, controlling and intervening different communication channels, for example the internet.
Chatviartkova, Natallia Chetvertkova, Natalia (Chetvertkova, Natalya) Judge of the Partizanski District Court of Minsk. She dealt with the trial of ex presidential candidate Andrei Sannikov, civil society activist Ilia Vasilevich, Fedor Mirzoianov, Oleg Gnedchik and Vladimir Yeriomenok. Her way of conducting the trial is a clear violation of the Code of Penal Procedure. She sustained the use of evidences and testimonies irrelevant to the accused persons against them.
Bulash, Ala Bulash, Alla Judge of the Oktiabrski (Kastrichnitski) District Court of Minsk. She dealt with the case of Pavel Vinogradov, Dmitri Drozd, Ales Kirkevich, Andrei Protasenia, Vladimir Homichenko. Her way of conducting the trial is a clear violation of the Code of Penal Procedure. She sustained the use of evidences and testimonies irrelevant to the accused persons against them.
Barovski Aliaksandr Genadzevich Borovski Aleksandr Gennadievich Public Prosecutor of the Oktiabrski (Kastrichnitski) District Court of Minsk. He dealt with the case of Pavel Vinogradov, Dmitri Drozd, Ales Kirkevich, Vladimir Homichenko. The accusation presented by him has a clear and imminent political motivation and it is a clear violation of the Code of Penal Procedure. It is based on wrong classification of the events of 19th December 2010, not sustained by evidences, proofs and testimonies of witnesses.
Simanouski Dmitri Valerevich Simanovski Dmitri Valerievich Public Prosecutor of the Pervomaiski District Court of Minsk. He dealt with the case of Dmitri Bondarenko. The accusation presented by him has a clear and imminent political motivation and it is a clear violation of the Code of Penal Procedure. It is based on wrong classification

EN L 136/50 Official Journal of the European Union 24.5.2011

Brysina, Zhanna Brysina, Zhanna (Brisina, Zhanna) Judge of the Zavodskoi District Court of Minsk dealing with the case of Khalip Irina, Martselev Sergei, Severinets Pavel, outstanding civil society representatives. Her way of conducting the trial is a clear violation of the Code of Penal Procedure. She sustained the use of evidences and testimonies irrelevant to the accused persons against them.
Zhukovski, Sergei Konstantynovych Public Prosecutor of the Zavodskoi District Court of Minsk dealing with the case of Khalip Irina, Martselev Sergei, Severinets Pavel, outstanding civil society representatives. The accusation presented by him has a clear and imminent political motivation and it is a clear violation of the Code of Penal Procedure. It is based on wrong classification of the events of 19th December 2010, not sustained by evidences, proofs and testimonies of witnesses.

EN 24.5.2011 Official Journal of the European Union L 136/51


Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 271/2011 of 21 March 2011 implementing Article 8a(1) of Regulation (EC) No 765/2006 concerning restrictive measures against President Lukashenko and certain officials of Belarus (total of 175 people and / or entities). For more information EU 271/2011


Common Position 2008/288/CFSP (07/04/2008) extends Common Position 2006/276/CFSP (10/04/2006). EU 2008/288

Freezing of funds and economic resources (with certain exemptions) of persons who are responsible for the violations of international electoral standards in the Presidential elections in Belarus on 19 March 2006 and the crackdown on civil society and democratic opposition, and those natural or legal persons, entities or bodies associated with them.


COUNCIL REGULATION (EC) No 765/2006 of 18 May 2006 Concerning restrictive measures against President Lukashenko and certain officials of Belarus

On 10 April 2006, the Council decided to adopt restrictive measures against President Lukashenko, the Belarusian leadership and officials responsible for the violations of international electoral standards and international human rights law, as well as for the crackdown on civil society and democratic opposition. These individuals should be subjected to a visa ban and possible further targeted measures. EU 765/2006


Common Position 2006/362/CFSP provides that the funds and economic resources of President Lukashenko and certain officials of Belarus that have been identified for this purpose should be frozen. EU 2006/362


Consolidated EU Sanctions List

UK

January 23, 2014 - UK Implementing changes (name) on Council Regulation (EU) 765/2006, the Regulation imposing financial sanctions against certain individuals and entities associated with Belarus, has been amended.

UK Notice on Belarus


November 21, 2013 - UK Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1054/2013 of 29 October 2013 implementing Article 8a(1) of Regulation (EC) No 765/2006 concerning restrictive measures in respect of Belarus

On the basis of a review of Council Decision 2012/642/CFSP, the Council has decided that those restrictive measures should be extended until 31 October 2014.

In view of the continuing gravity of the situation in Belarus, the Council considers that three persons should be added to the list of persons and entities to which the restrictive measures provided for in Decision 2012/642/CFSP apply. The Council also considers that there are no longer grounds for keeping certain persons and entities on the list of persons and entities to which the restrictive measures provided for in Decision 2012/642/CFSP apply. Furthermore, the information relating to certain persons and entities set out in Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 765/2006 should be updated.

UK-EU Sanctions


June 04, 2013 - implementing regulation (EU) No 494/2013 of 29 May 2013 implementing Regulation (EC) No 765/2006 concerning restrictive measures in respect of Belarus.

The following person and entities are deleted from Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 765/2006:

Person

Entities

UK-EU sanctions


November 13, 2012 - UK Implementing Council Regulation (EU) No 1014/2012 - of 6 November 2012 amending Regulation (EC) No 765/2006 concerning restrictive measures in respect of Belarus & Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1017/2012 - of 6 November 2012 implementing Article 8a(1) of Regulation (EC) No 765/2006 concerning restrictive measures in respect of Belarus

The lists of natural or legal persons, entities and bodies subject to restrictive measures as set out in Annexes I, IA and IB to Regulation (EC) No 765/2006 have been consolidated into a single Annex I. The information relating to listed natural or legal persons, entities and bodies should be updated.

UK-EU sanctions


March 26, 2012 - Implementing Regulation (EU) No 265/2012 concerning restrictive measures

Implementing Article 8a(1) of Regulation (EC) No 765/2006 concerning restrictive measures in respect of Belarus - One Name Adjustment, adding twelve Natural Persons and 29 Entities.

UK-EU Sanctions


February 29, 2012 - UK Implementing Regulation (EU) No 170/2012 - This notice is issued in respect of the asset-freezing measures directed by the Council of the European Union in respect of Belarus. UK-EU Sanctions


December 19, 2011 - UK Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1320/2011 of 16 December 2011 implementing Article 8a(1) of Regulation (EC) No 765/2006 concerning restrictive measures in respect of Belarus.

Individuals added

  1. BANDARENKA, Siarhei, Uladzimiravich - a.k.a: BONDARENKO, Sergei, Vladimirovich - Position: Judge of the Pervomaiski District Court of Minsk
  2. SAIKOUSKI, Uladzimir - a.k.a: SAIKOVSKI, Vladimir - Position: Public Prosecutor of the Pervomaiski District Court of Minsk

UK-EU 1320/2011 Financial Sanctions Notification


October 12, 2011 - UK Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1000/2011 & Council Regulation (EU) 999/2011 - This notification is issued in respect of the asset-freezing measures directed by the Council of the European Union in respect of Belarus. UK-EU 1000/2011 & UK-EU 999/2011

Individuals (added) <sort> HERASIMOVICH, Volha, Ivanavna a.k.a: (1) GERASIMOVICH, Olga, Ivanovna - (2) HERASIMOVICH, Volha, Ivanovna - Position: Prosecutor in the City Court of Minsk IHNATOVICH-MISHNEVA, Liudmila a.k.a: IGNATOVICH-MISHNEVA, Liudmila - Position: Prosecutor of the City Court of Minsk KAMAROUSKAYA, Volha, Paulauna a.k.a: KOMAROVSKAIA, Olga, Pavlovna - Position: Judge of the City Court of Minsk KAMISARAU, Valery, Mikalayevich a.k.a: KOMISSAROV, Valeri, Nikolaevich - Position: Judge of the City Court of Minsk KAVALIOU, Aliaksandr, Mikhailavich a.k.a: KOVALEV, Aleksandr, Mikhailovich - Position: Director of the prison camp in Gorki KHROBASTAU, Uladzimir, Ivanavich a.k.a: KHROBOSTOV, Vladimir, Ivanovich - Position: Judge of the City Court of Minsk KHRYPACH, Siarhei, Fiodaravich a.k.a: KHRIPACH, Sergei, Fiodorovich - Position: Judge of the City Court of Minsk KORNAU, Uladzimir, Uladzimiravich a.k.a: KORNOV, Vladimir, Vladimirovich - Position: Judge at the City Court of Minsk KROT, Ihar, Uladzimiravich a.k.a: KROT, Igor, Vladimirovich - Position: Judge of the City Court of Minsk NAZARANKA, Vasil, Andreyevich a.k.a: NAZARENKO, Vasili, Andreevich - Position: Judge of the City Court of Minsk PALUYAN, Uladzimir, Mikalayevich - DOB: 1961 - POB: Village Nekrashevichi of Karelichi district of Hrodna region - a.k.a: PALUYAN, Vladimir, Nikolaevich - Position: Minister of Taxes and Duties SHASTAKOU, Maksim, Aleksandrauvich a.k.a: (1) SHASTAKOU, Maksim, Aleksandravich (2) SHASTAKOU, Maxim, Aleksandrauvich (3) SHASTAKOU, Maxim, Aleksandravich (4) SHASTAKOU, Maxsim, Aleksandrauvich (5) SHASTAKOU, Maxsim, Aleksandravich (6) SHESTAKOV, Maksim, Aleksandrovich - Position: Prosecutor in the Pervomaiski District Court of Minsk STSIAPURKA, Uladzimir, Mikhailavich a.k.a: STEPURKO, Vladimir, Mikhailovich - Position: Judge of the City Court of Minsk UNUKEVICH, Tamara, Vasileuna a.k.a: VNUKEVICH, Tamara, Vasilievna - Position: Judge of the City Court of Minsk YARMALITSKI, Siarhei, Uladzimiravich a.k.a: (1) ERMOLITSKI, Sergei, Vladimirovich (2) YERMOLITSKI, Sergei, Vladimirovich - Position: Director of the prison camp in Shklov. ZAITSAVA, Viktoryia, Henadzeuna a.k.a: ZAITSEVA, Viktoria, Gennadievna - Position: Judge of the City Court of Minsk </sort> Individuals (changed) <sort> BAZANOV, Aleksandr, Viktorovich BAZANAU, Aliaksandr, Viktaravich BUSHCHIK, Vasili, Vasilievich BUSHNAIA, Natalia, Vladimirovna IPATOV, Vadim, Dmitrievich KATSUBO, Svetlana, Petrovna KISELEVA, Nadezhda, Nikolaevna MAZOUKA, Siarhei PEFTIEV, Vladimir PODOLIAK, Eduard, Vasilievich RAKHMANOVA, Marina, Iurievna SHADRINA, Anna, Stanislavovna SHCHUROK, Ivan, Antonovich </sort> Entity (added) SPORT-PARI - Controlled by Vladimir Peftiev in conjunction with Dzmitry Aliaksandravich Lukashenka, through the latter’s control of the President’s Sports Club, which holds a mandatory, state-owned majority share in Sport-Pari Operator of the Republican Lottery company.


June 21, 2011 - Council Regulation (EU) No 588/2011 - This notification is issued in respect of the asset-freezing measures directed by the Council of the European Union in respect of Belarus. UK EU-588/2011

Added - Individuals <sort> CHUBKAVETS, Kiril a.k.a: CHUBKOVETS, Kirill - Position: Public prosecutor GRACHOVA, Liudmila a.k.a: GRACHEVA, Liudmila / GRACHEVA, Lyudmila / GRACHIOVA, Ludmila / GRACHOVA, Ludmila / GRACHOVA, Lyudmila - Position: Judge of the Leninski District Court of Minsk KAZHEUNIKAU, Andrey a.k.a: KOZHEVNIKOV, Andrey - Position: Public prosecutor PEFTIEV, Vladimir DOB: 01/07/1957 POB: Berdyansk, Zaporozhskaya Oblast, Ukraine a.k.a: PEFTIEV, Vladimir, Pavlovich - Position: Chairman of the Council of Shareholders of Beltechexport - Passport Details: MP2405942 - Other Information: Associated with President Lukashenko and his family. Chief economic advisor and key financial sponsor of the Lukashenko regime. </sort>

Added - Entities <sort> BELTECHEXPORT - Address: Nezavisimost ave, 86-B, Minsk, Republic of Belarus, 220012 Other Information: Controlled by Vladimir Peftiev. Tel (+375 17) 263-63-83. Fax (+375 17) 263-90-12. PRIVATE UNITARY ENTERPRISE (PUE) BT TELECOMMUNICATIONS - Other Information: Controlled by Vladimir Peftiev. SPORT-PARI - Other Information: Controlled by Vladimir Peftiev. Operator of the Republican Lottery company. </sort>


May 24, 2011 - Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 505/2011 - This notification is issued in respect of the asset-freezing measures directed by the Council of the European Union against President Lukashenko and certain officials of Belarus. UK EU-505/2011


The European Union adopted Council Regulation (EC) No 765/2006 on 18 May 2006. The Regulation provided, among other matters, for a freeze on the funds of President Lukashenko and certain other officials of Belarus who are responsible for the violations of international electoral standards in the Presidential elections in Belarus on 19 March 2006 and the crackdown on civil society and democratic opposition.

UK Sanctions

Norway

May 27, 2011 - Norway aligns itself with EU decision to extend restrictive measures against Belarus - Norway aligns itself with the EU’s decision to extend the restrictive measures against Belarusian officials who have been involved in electoral fraud or in the brutal repression of demonstrations after the presidential election. The situation in Belarus continues to give cause for grave concern,” said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre. Norwegian Press Release - More information on the EU Third Countries alignment page.


February 2, 2011 - Norway concerned about developments in Belarus - “The situation in Belarus after the protests following the presidential election is still giving cause for deep concern,” said Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.

“We call for the immediate release of political prisoners. Norway intends to respond by introducing targeted sanctions, as the EU and US have done. We will strengthen our support for groups who are working for democracy and human rights,” the Foreign Minister continued.

State Secretary Espen Barth Eide is taking part in the Warsaw International Donor Conference on 2 February. This is intended to improve coordination of the international community’s policy towards Belarus and its support for the democratic movement in the country.

Like the EU, Norway intends to introduce travel bans and a freeze on assets targeting Belarusian officials who have been involved in electoral fraud or in the brutal repression of demonstrations after the presidential election. “We do not wish to target the Belarusian people. On the contrary, we will increase our support for civil society and students in Belarus,” Mr Støre explained. Norwegian Press Release

Swiss

March 26, 2014 - Massnahmen gegenüber Belarus - Änderung (de-listed) vom 26.03.2014 mit Inkrafttreten am 27.03.2014

Swiss Sanctions


December 19, 2013 - Massnahmen gegenüber Belarus - Änderung vom 18.12.2013 mit Inkrafttreten am 20.12.2013

Swiss Sanctions


July 16, 2013 - Massnahmen gegenüber Belarus - Änderung vom 15.07.2013 mit Inkrafttreten am 17.07.2013

Swiss Sanctions


June 17, 2013 - Änderung vom 14.06.2013 mit Inkrafttreten am 18.06.2013

Die Verordnung sieht folgende Massnahmen vor:

Personen und Institutionen, die Gelder halten oder verwalten oder Kenntnisse über wirtschaftliche Ressourcen haben, von denen anzunehmen ist, dass sie von den Finanzrestriktionen betroffen sind, müssen dies dem Staatssekretariat für Wirtschaft (SECO) unverzüglich melden.

Swiss Sanctions


December 14, 2012 - Desgnation of Lukashenko, Aleksandr Grigorievich & Entourage (243 individuals & 32 entities)

Der Bundesrat hat am 28.06.2006 per Verordnung Zwangsmassnahmen gegenüber Belarus beschlossen. Sie wurden in Anbetracht der Missachtung demokratischer und rechtsstaatlicher Prinzipien bei den Präsidentschaftswahlen vom März 2006 und schwerwiegender Menschenrechtsverletzungen in diesem Land erlassen. Entsprechende Sanktionen sind in der Europäischen Union im Mai 2006 in Kraft getreten.

Die Verordnung sieht folgende Massnahmen vor:

Personen und Institutionen, die Gelder halten oder verwalten oder Kenntnisse über wirtschaftliche Ressourcen haben, von denen anzunehmen ist, dass sie von den Finanzrestriktionen betroffen sind, müssen dies dem Staatssekretariat für Wirtschaft (SECO) unverzüglich melden.

Swiss Sanctions - Listed Entities & Individuals


April 30, 2012 - Verordnung über Massnahmen gegenüber Belarus - (SR 946.231.116.9) - Information zur Änderung vom 26. April 2012

Swiss Sanctions - April 28, 2012


August 26, 2011 - Der Bundesrat hat am 28.06.2006 per Verordnung Zwangsmassnahmen gegenüber Belarus beschlossen. Sie wurden in Anbetracht der Missachtung demokratischer und rechtsstaatlicher Prinzipien bei den Präsidentschaftswahlen vom März 2006 und schwerwiegender Menschenrechtsverletzungen in diesem Land erlassen. Entsprechende Sanktionen sind in der Europäischen Union im Mai 2006 in Kraft getreten. Die Verordnung sieht folgende Massnahmen vor:

Personen und Institutionen, die Gelder halten oder verwalten oder Kenntnisse über wirtschaftliche Ressourcen haben, von denen anzunehmen ist, dass sie von den Finanzrestriktionen betroffen sind, müssen dies dem Staatssekretariat für Wirtschaft (SECO) unverzüglich melden.

SECO Press Release - In Anhang 1 wurden 4 weitere natürliche Personen ergänzt (Liste A, Nummern 176 bis 179) und 3 Unternehmen eingefügt (Liste B, Nummern 1 bis 3).


Bundesgesetz über die Durchsetzung von internationalen Sanktionen (Embargogesetz, EmbG) - Änderung vom 21.04.2011 der Verordnung mit Inkrafttreten am 27.04.2011 Natürliche Personen, Unternehmen und Organisationen, gegen die sich die Massnahmen nach Belarus richten. Swiss Sanctions


21.02.2010 Verordnung über Massnahmen gegenüber Belarus, Änderung Swiss Sanctions


Der Bundesrat hat am 28.06.2006 per Verordnung Zwangsmassnahmen gegenüber Belarus beschlossen. Sie wurden in Anbetracht der Missachtung demokratischer und rechtsstaatlicher Prinzipien bei den Präsidentschaftswahlen vom März 2006 und schwerwiegender Menschenrechtsverletzungen in diesem Land erlassen. Entsprechende Sanktionen sind in der Europäischen Union im Mai 2006 in Kraft getreten. Die Verordnung sieht folgende Massnahmen vor:

Personen und Institutionen, die Gelder halten oder verwalten oder Kenntnisse über wirtschaftliche Ressourcen haben, von denen anzunehmen ist, dass sie von den Finanzrestriktionen betroffen sind, müssen dies dem Staatssekretariat für Wirtschaft (SECO) unverzüglich melden. Swiss Sanctions


Bundesgesetz über die Durchsetzung von internationalen Sanktionen (Embargogesetz, EmbG) vom 22. März 2002 Swiss Sanctions

Canada

December 14, 2006 - This Notice is to advise exporters that the Government of Canada has decided to add Belarus to the Area Control List (ACL), the list of countries to which the exportation of all items is only permitted with a valid export permit, more information Canada Sanctions on Belarus. More information on the Area Control List of the Export and Import Permits Act see Canada Sanctions ACL

US

May 24, 2013 - The U.S. Department of State has accepted arguments of JSC „Beltechexport“. Sanctions imposed on JSC „Beltechexport“ have been lifted.

On May 24, 2013 the U.S. Department of State has officially posted on its website that the sanctions imposed on JSC “Beltechexport” have been terminated.

Earlier, on July 14, 2010 the U.S. Department of State imposed sanctions on JSC “Beltechexport” under breach of Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA) that allegedly took place and extended the validity of sancitons further in May 2011.

Once the sanctions had been imposed the management and the shareholders of JSC „Beltechexport“ have actively started defending the reputation of the company. Within the framework of official submissions made by the largest European and American law firms to the respective authorities, JSC „Beltechexport“ has also engaged the most competent experts of international and national regulations on dual use goods trade including one of the top ranking international consultancy KPMG, which has carried out comprehensive analysis and audit of the commercial activities of JSC “Beltechexport” based on an access to its related documents and confirmed its conformity with the applicable regulations.

JSC “Beltechexport” submitted official request to the U.S. Department of State accompanied with all relevant documents and expertise on June 1, 2012. As a result of consideration of the submitted documents the Department of State granted an opportunity for company’s representatives to visit its headquarters in Washington, D.C. for a meeting, which took place between representatives of the company and Director of Office of Missile, Biological, and Chemical Nonproliferation on April 3, 2013. In the course of the meeting JSC “Beltechexport” reaffirmed its strict commitment to continue following all requirements of the international law and national legislation in export control and auditing its activities on annual basis with the assistance of internationally acknowledged auditors such as KPMG.

Finally, the U.S. sanctions imposed on JSC “Beltechexport” have been officially terminated since May 24, 2013.


August 17, 2012 - United States extends export control regulations restricting trade with Belarus

US President Barack Obama has extended until August 17, 2013 the validity of the export control regulations under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IIEPA) with respect to certain countries, including Belarus.

As a statement on the website of the White House says, the act was adopted in October 1977 “with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States.” The act was amended by the Export Administration Act of 1979. Since the export administration act expired and has not been renewed by the Congress, the US president continues the national emergency regarding the export control regulations under the IIEPA annually.

Belarus has been subjected to the US export control regulations since 2006 “for undermining democratic institutions.” In 2011, it was again entered in the list of countries, with respect to which the national emergency is being continued, because Belarus’ government officials “committed human rights abuses related to political repression.” At present the list includes Iran, Myanmar, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Syria, North Korea, and Russia. Russia was entered in the list in 2000 “to prevent export of weapons-grade uranium.”

Two months ago President Obama extended by one year the US sanctions against Alyaksandr Lukashenka and nine other Belarusian officials. The decision was made because “the Government of Belarus has taken additional steps backward in the development of democratic governance and respect for human rights.”

OFAC

September 19, 2012 - The following entities have been added to OFAC's SDN List

Belarus state-owned Belvneshpromservice (BVPS) is being designated today for providing services to Syria’s Army Supply Bureau. In March 2011, Syria’s Army Supply Bureau prepared to receive possible fuses for general purpose aerial bombs from BVPS. Aerial bombs were used by the Syrian military as recently as July 2012, in an aerial bombardment of Aleppo as part of a coordinated assault by government forces to intimidate opposition forces.

Belarus-based BVPS was sanctioned by the U.S. Department of State, pursuant to INKSNA in December 2011.


January 03, 2012 - Act on democracy and human rights in Belarus in 2011 signed by US President

The White House - Office of the Press Secretary - On Tuesday, January 3, 2012, the President signed into law - H.R. 515, the "Belarus Democracy and Human Rights Act of 2011," which reauthorizes and amends the Belarus Democracy Act of 2004 The White House Press Release


August 11, 2011 - Treasury Sanctions Four Entities of Major State-Owned Belarusian Petrochemicals Conglomerate

The following entities have been added to OFAC's SDN list:

<sort> BELSHINA OAO (a.k.a. BELSHINA OJSC; a.k.a. BELSHINA TYRE WORKS OAO; a.k.a. JSC BELSHINA; f.k.a. RUP BELORUSSKY SHINNY KOMBINAT BELSHINA), Minsk Highway, Bobruisk, Mogilev region, Belarus; Minsk Highway Bobruisk, 213824, Mogilev Region, Belarus; Minskoye schosse Bobruisk 213824, Mogilevskaya oblast, Belarus [BELARUS] GRODNO AZOT OAO (f.k.a. GPO AZOT OJSC; f.k.a. GRODNESKOYE PROZVODSTVENNOYE OBYEDINENYE AZOT; a.k.a. GRODNO AZOT; f.k.a. RUP GRODNENSKOYE PO AZOT; RUP GPO AZOT), Prospekt Kosmanovtov 100, 230013, Grodno, Belarus; 100 Kosmonavtov Avenue, 230013, Grodno, Belarus; 100 Kosmonavtov pr., 230013, Grodno, Belarus [BELARUS] GRODNO KHIMVOLOKNO OAO (a.k.a. GRODNO CHEMICAL FIBRE OJSC; a.k.a. GRODNO KHIMVOLOKNO JSC; a.k.a. JSC GRODNO KHIMVOLOKNO), 4 Slavinskogo Street, 230026, Grodno, Belarus; ulitsa Slavinskogo 4, 230026, Grodno, Belarus; str. Slavinskogo 4, 230026, Grodno, Belarus [BELARUS] NAFTAN OAO (a.k.a. NAFTAN; a.k.a. NAFTAN OJSC; f.k.a. NAFTAN PRODUCTION ASSOCIATION; f.k.a. NAFTAN PROIZVODSTVENNOYE OBYEDINENYE), Industrial Area, Novopolotsk-1, 211440, Vitebsk Region, Belarus; Novopolotsk, 21140, Vitebsk region, Belarus; Novopolotsk, 211440, Vitebskaya Oblast, Belarus [BELARUS] </sort> OFAC information on Belarus Designation & OFAC Belarus Explanatory Notice


June 30, 2011 - Updated OFAC Sanctions 31 CFR Chapter V The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is amending 31 CFR chapter V to replace the list of persons (which includes individuals and entities) with whom transactions and dealings are prohibited by the various economic sanctions programs administered by OFAC that appears at Appendix A to 31 CFR chapter V with information on how to obtain up-to-date lists of such persons on OFAC’s Web site or by other means.

OFAC also is removing Appendix B to 31 CFR chapter V, which includes the names of certain blocked vessels. In addition, OFAC is amending its regulations for a number of the sanctions programs it administers to revise references to Appendix A and to remove references to Appendix B.

Finally, OFAC is amending the Iranian Transactions Regulations, by republishing in alphabetical order the entire list of persons identified in Appendix A to 31 CFR Part 560, to reflect changes to the list since that appendix was last published. Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 126 / Thursday, June 30, 2011 / Rules and Regulations

548 - BELARUS – SDN List + Additional information pertaining to the SDN List can be found in Appendix A to this chapter. See § 548.411 concerning entities that may not be listed on the SDN List but whose property and interests in property are nevertheless blocked pursuant to paragraph (a) of this section.

§ 548.411 Entities owned by a person whose property and interests in property are blocked. A person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to §548.201(a) has an interest in all property and interests in property of an entity in which it owns, directly or indirectly, a 50 percent or greater interest. The property and interests in property of such an entity, therefore, are blocked, and such an entity is a person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to §548.201(a), regardless of whether the entity itself is listed in the Annex to Executive Order 13405 or designated pursuant to §548.201(a).


June 14, 2011 - WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Tuesday (June 14, 2011) extended sanctions on Belarus over its violent suppression of protests and arrest of opposition figures in the wake of December's disputed elections.

"The government of Belarus has taken steps backward in the development of democratic governance and respect for human rights," Obama said in a presidential decree.

He singled out the government's "harsh violence" against protesters, its imprisonment of several opposition leaders and its "continuing repression" of independent media and civil society following the December 2010 vote.

"The actions and policies of the Government of Belarus and other persons continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States."

He ordered that sanctions adopted on June 16, 2006 by then-president George W. Bush continue beyond their expiration on Thursday (June 16, 2011).

(Source AFP News Item)


April 12, 2011 - OFAC - Treasury statement concerning Sanctions on Belarusneft by the Secretary of State Pursuant to the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 Treasury statement


Federal Register (ISA / CISADA) Actions April 5, 2011 - Designation of Belarusneft

DEPARTMENT OF STATE: Public Notice 7408 - Persons and Entities on Whom Sanctions Have Been Imposed Under the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 - AGENCY: Department of State. ACTION: Notice. - SUMMARY: The Secretary of State has determined that Belarusneft has engaged in a sanctionable investment described in section 5(a)(1) of the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 (ISA) (50 U.S.C. 1701 note) and that certain sanctions should be imposed as a result. - DATES: Effective April 5, 2011.

Federal Register - Vol. 76, No. 65 - Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - Notices - Federal Register


On March 29, 2011 the United States is taking further action to increase pressure on Iran for its failure to meet its international obligations with regard to its nuclear program. A key element of our strategy focuses on Iran’s oil and gas production capacity, which -- as UN Security Council Resolution 1929 recognized -- Iran uses to fund its proliferation activities as well as to mask procurement for the importation of dual-use items. As part of that strategy, the State Department is sanctioning Belarusneft, a state-owned Belarusian energy company, under the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) of 1996 as amended by the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act (CISADA) of 2010, for its involvement in the Iranian petroleum sector.


Belarus Sanctions Regulations - Final rule - Effective Date - February 11, 2011 The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control is amending the Belarus Sanctions Regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations to revoke a general license authorizing U.S. persons to engage until May 31, 2011, in otherwise prohibited transactions with two blocked entities, Lakokraska OAO and/or Polotsk Steklovolokno OAO. 31 CFR Part 548 Belarus Sanctions Regulations


Belarus Sanctions Regulations - Final rule - Effective Date - February 3, 2010 The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is adding new part 548 to 31 CFR chapter V to implement Executive Order 13405 of June 16, 2006, Blocking Property of Certain Persons Undermining Democratic Processes or Institutions in Belarus.


The Belarus (OFAC) Sanctions Regulations are targeted only at certain persons and entities who have been specifically designated by the U.S. and do not prohibit trade or the provision of banking or other financial services involving Belarus, unless the transaction or service involves a person whose property and interests in property have been blocked.


Transaction are prohibited with any person or institution:


OFAC Sanction

FinCen

May 22, 2012 - Treasury Identifies Belarusian JSC Credexbank as an Institution of Primary Money Laundering Concern

Background on Credex - Credex is located in the Republic of Belarus and primarily services corporate entities. Originally established on September 27, 2001, as Nordic Investment Bank Corporation, the bank changed its name to Northern Investment Bank on April 5, 2006, and then to the current name of JSC CredexBank on February 12, 2007. With 169 employees and a total capitalization of approximately $19 million, the bank currently ranks as the 22nd largest in total assets among 31 commercial banks in Belarus. Credex has six domestic branches and one representative office in the Czech Republic. While the majority of its correspondent banking relationships are with other Belarusian banks, Credex also maintains correspondent relationships with Russian, Latvian, German, and Austrian banks. US Treasury Press Release - Complete Finding against Credex - NPRM Credex


September 30, 2004 - Amendment to the Bank Secrecy Act Concern Laundering of Money Info Bank & Belmetalnergo are listed FinCen Sanction

ITAR

ITAR Based sanctions, see chapter on ITAR for more detailed information

BIS - EAR

October 03, 2012 - US indicts 164 Companies and Individuals Involved in Russian Military Procurement Network and adds them to BIS Entity List

As a result of an investigation involving an alleged Russian military procurement network, the U.S. Department of Justice announced today that it had unsealed an indictment against two companies and 11 individuals located in the U.S. and Russia and executed a number of search warrants at various residences, businesses and banks in the U.S.

This (BIS) rule amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by adding one hundred and sixty-four persons under one hundred and sixty-five entries to the Entity List. The persons who are added to the Entity List have been determined by the U.S. Government to be acting contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States. These persons will be listed on the Entity List under twelve destinations. These additions to the Entity List consist of one person under Belize; thirteen persons under Canada; two persons under Cyprus; one person under Estonia; eleven persons under Finland; five persons under Germany; one person under Greece; two persons under Hong Kong; one person under Kazakhstan; one hundred and nineteen persons under Russia; two persons under Sweden; and seven persons under the United Kingdom, including six persons located in the British Virgin Islands.

BIS-EAR Addition Final Rule


December 16, 2011 - This jurisdiction contains Individuals or Entities which are listed by US Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) - EAR. The listed entities may have the status of "Presumption of denial" and are effectively barred from dealing in US-origin items or entities may have the self-explaining status of "case-by-case".

The detailed Entity List can be found at BIS-EAR Entity List


December 12, 2011 - Department of Commerce - Bureau of Industry and Security - In this rule, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by moving the substantive provisions of the comprehensive sanctions on Syria from General Order No. 2 in Supplement No. 1 to part 736 to a revised § 746.9. This rule also includes conforming changes to the EAR. This rule will facilitate compliance with the comprehensive sanctions on Syria. - This rule is effective December 12, 2011.

Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 238 / Monday, December 12, 2011 / Rules and Regulations


August 18, 2009 - BIS requires a license for the export or reexport to Syria of all items subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), except food and medicines not on the Commerce Control List (CCL). Pursuant to the waiver authority exercised by the President in Executive Order 13338, BIS may consider several categories of items on a case-by-case basis including medicines on the CCL and medical devices; parts and components intended to ensure the safety of civil aviation and the safe operation of commercial passenger aircraft; and telecommunications equipment and associated computers, technology, and software. License applications for other exports and reexports to Syria are subject to a general policy of denial.

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