Ukraine has included in the expanded sanctions list seven Russian political parties, including United Russia, the corresponding document was published on the website of the country’s President Petro Poroshenko. This raises serious questions about Ukraine’s deteriorated human rights record, as it wages a brutal counter-insurgency in the east of the country.
On this list, in addition to United Russia, the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF), the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR), Rodina, the Democratic Party of Russia, the Agrarian Party of Russia and the Patriots of Russia are now included.
According to the document, these parties should have their assets blocked in Ukraine, they are prohibited from exporting capital outside the country, suspended fulfillment of economic and financial obligations, and the issuance of permits, licenses for import or export of currency valuables from Ukraine. Also, restrictions are imposed on the issue of cash on bank cards.
In addition, under the sanctions of Ukraine was the Central Election Commission of Russia, headed by Ella Pamfilova. In total, the sanctions list has increased by 30 Russian legal entities.
The sanctions list of Ukraine was replenished by 11 individuals, among them Russian businessmen Arkady and Boris Rotenberg, as well as Roman and Lilia Rotenberg. Also included in the list are the deputy chairman of the CEC Nikolai Bulaev, the secretary of the Maya Grishin and the members of the Election Commission of the Republic of Crimea Veniamin Nikiforov and Vyacheslav Firsov.
According to the document, the following measures should also be applied to these persons: blocking of assets, preventing the withdrawal of capital abroad of Ukraine and other sanctions provided for by Ukrainian legislation.
The last time Ukraine extended sanctions against Russia in late May. Then the list included 1,748 individuals and 756 legal entities. Kiev also for three years added to the sanctions list MIA “Russia Today” and RIA Novosti Ukraine. In the State Duma, Ukraine’s steps to limit freedom of speech were called illegal and unnatural.