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EU court lifted sanctions from Yanukovych

MOSCOW, July 11 – RIA News. The court of the European Union removed the sanctions from the ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, according to the organization’s website.

"The European Court of General Jurisdiction annulled the freezing of the funds of seven members of the former Ukrainian ruling class, including Viktor Yanukovych," the press release said.

The decision also touched the son of Alexander Yanukovich, the former minister of income and duties of Ukraine Alexander Klimenko, the former prime minister Sergey Arbuzov, the former prosecutor general Viktor Pshonka and his son Artem Pshonka, as well as the former head of the presidential administration Andrey Klyuev.

At the same time on Monday, the EU Council once again extended the restrictions against the former head of Ukraine and another 11 people. It is reported that a number of individuals contested the extension of the assets freeze, and the court overturned restrictive measures.

On March 5, 2014, Brussels imposed sanctions on several citizens of Ukraine, among whom were Mr. Yanukovich and his family members.

At first, they were listed as "persons who are being investigated in Ukraine in connection with participation in crimes related to the theft of Ukrainian state funds and their illegal withdrawal."

But Yanukovych and his family lodged a complaint, and in 2015 the EU Council changed the grounds for keeping the names of those involved in the list.

Most of them remained on the list as persons "against whom criminal prosecution is underway." Also used the wording – "responsible for the misappropriation of state funds of Ukraine or abuse of official position, causing damage to the Ukrainian state funds."

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