Rferl on 11th July reported that the ECJ retroactively cancelled some sanctions against Andriy Klyuyev, the former head of the former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s administration, but did not lift the current sanctions measures against him for the misappropriation of Ukrainian state funds that were prolonged in March.  It ruled that restrictive measures imposed by the Brussels against Klyuyev between March 2017 and March 2018 that consist of asset freezes should be annulled, but sanctions against Klyuyev and 12 others were extended in March 2018 for another year, and he will not be completely removed from the sanctions list unless the extension of sanctions beyond March is also cancelled.  He has appealed the current measures and a ruling is expected later this year.  Because he had informed the EU that Ukrainian criminal proceedings against him had been suspended, the council should have sought clarification on the issue from the Ukrainian authorities.  Andriy’s brother, Serhiy Klyuyev, was removed from the sanctions list earlier this year.


Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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