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EU Council Extends Anti-Russian Sanctions until March 2024, Impacts 1,800 Individuals and Organizations

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EU Extends Anti-Russian Sanctions for Six Months

The European Union (EU) Council has announced the extension of individual anti-Russian sanctions for six months until March 15, 2024. These sanctions were initially imposed in 2014 against approximately 1,800 individuals and organizations for their alleged involvement in undermining Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, according to a statement by the EU Council.

Restrictive Measures and Travel Ban

The implementation of the eleventh package of EU sanctions in June this year resulted in personal restrictions imposed on nearly 1,800 individuals and organizations. These measures include freezing assets in EU countries and prohibiting EU citizens and companies from providing funds to those on the sanctions lists. Additionally, individuals face a travel ban, preventing them from entering or transiting through the EU.

Exclusion of Four Individuals

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The EU Council has decided not to extend sanctions against four individuals. The names of those excluded from the list will be made public after the decision is published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Legal Challenges and Reviews

The imposition of sanctions can be appealed before the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. Some claims from Russians affected by the restrictions are currently being considered in European courts. Lawyers representing Russians in these cases argue that the EU sanctions lists, which include Russian citizens, are often hastily prepared and contain errors and violations, which they deem unacceptable. They also emphasize the need for thorough reviews to ensure the relevance of the motives behind including individuals in the lists.

Previous Exceptions and Statements

Sanctions have previously been lifted for certain individuals, including the ex-wife of businessman Mikhail Fridman, Olga Aysiman, the mother of Yevgeny Prigozhin Violetta, the former governor of Sevastopol, and former Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Dmitry Ovsyannikov. The Russian Federation has consistently expressed its determination to withstand the increasing pressure of sanctions imposed by the West over the past few years.

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