Abduction of children, sports, mercenaries: Zelenskyy signs three decrees to implement NSDC sanctions
On Sunday, February 26, Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed three decrees regarding Russians involved in the abduction of Ukrainian children, representatives of Russian sports sector, and those who maintain mercenary structures in Russia
This is stated in decrees 114, 115 and 116 published on the President's website.
Decree 114 imposed sanctions against the president of the Russian Olympic Committee, Vitaly Smirnov. These members of the International Olympic Committee were also included in the sanction list:
- Elena Isinbayeva
- Aleksandr Popov
- Shamil Tarpischev
Sanctions have been imposed for a period of 50 years, including the suspension of economic and financial obligations, prevention of capital withdrawal from Ukraine, and deprivation of state and other awards. In addition, the restrictions entail:
- termination of cultural exchanges, scientific cooperation, educational and sports contacts, and entertainment programs with foreign states and entities;
- visas may be refused or canceled, entering Ukraine may be banned;
- official visits, meetings, and negotiations may be canceled.
Decree 115 imposed restrictions against 109 persons and seven organizations involved in the deportation of Ukrainian children to Russia. The sanctions list includes, in particular:
- “Golfstream” charitable foundation;
- Russian Red Cross public organization;
- “Dom dlya mamy” (“Home for Mom”) autonomous non-profit organization;
- Russian Humanitarian Mission autonomous non-profit organization supporting humanitarian programs
Restrictions include a ban on transferring technology and intellectual property rights, and banned individuals are prohibited from entering Ukraine.
Decree 116 introduced sanctions against people involved in the Wagner PMC and companies that maintain it. In total, restrictions were imposed on 164 individuals and 85 companies. Among the people included in the sanctions lists are Polina and Veronika, the daughters of Yevgeny Prigozhin, Wagner PMC owner.
Dmitry Utkin is also on the list. He is considered to be the PMC founder.
Restrictions include prohibition of trade and other economic and financial transactions, technology transfer, etc. The blocking of assets available on the territory of Ukraine is also introduced.
Earlier, Zelenskyy announced this in his evening address.
"And one more thing. Today we have new decisions of our state on sanctions against those who are involved or help Russia wage war and destroy lives and people. I signed three decrees to implement the NSDC decisions. Against those Russians who are involved in the abduction of Ukrainian children. Against those representatives of the Russian sports sector who are trying to put sports in the service of aggression. And against those who help maintain mercenary structures in Russia for the war against Ukraine and all free people," Zelenskyy concluded.
The European Council imposed sanctions on 11 individuals and 7 organizations associated with Wagner PMC for human rights violations.