The European court of justice has recognized the unjustified sanctions against the Russian businessman Arkady Rotenberg, which operated from July 2014 to March 2015, but confirmed sanctions 2015-16. This is stated in the decision of the Court of justice.
«This decision, the EU Court Annuls EU Council decision of 30 July 2014 concerning restrictive measures in response to actions that undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine in the part related to Arkady Rotenberg», — stated in the decision.
At the same time, sanctions in the form of freezing accounts and ban on entry into the EU, which operated from March 2015 to September 2016, have been confirmed, reports RIA «Novosti».
The court explained that the EU Council failed to adequately justify the need for the inclusion of Rotenberg to the sanctions list in the period from July to March 2015. In particular, according to the court, mention is made of the proximity of the businessman to the Russian politicians, decision-makers, insufficient for the imposition of sanctions.
In March 2015 the EU Council has changed the justification for the inclusion of Rotenberg to the sanctions list. The decision to extend the sanctions it is noted that Rotenberg directly associated with the construction of a bridge to Crimea, «thus facilitating its integration into the Russian Federation further undermines the territorial integrity of Ukraine», as well as with the educational project «Children of Russia: address – Crimea», which «supports the policy of the Russian government to integrate Crimea to Russia.» These arguments, the Court of justice has upheld.
We will remind, in September the European Court of justice declared illegal sanctions against former President Viktor Yanukovych, his son Alexander and former Secretary of the NSDC Andriy Klyuyev for the period 2014-2015, but legitimate for the period of 2015-2016.
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