EU tuomioistuin vahvisti Arkadi Rotenbergin varojen jäädyttämisen1.12.2016 | Oikeusuutiset
The General Court confirms the fund-freezing measures imposed on Mr Arkady Rotenberg for the period 2015-2016
However, it annuls the freezing of funds for the period 2014-2015
In response to the Ukraine crisis, in early 2014 the Council adopted restrictive measures (freezing of funds and a ban on staying in the territory of the EU) against natural and legal persons whose actions undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.
With effect from 30th July 2014, Mr Arkady Rotenberg, a Russian businessman, was subject to those restrictive measures on the following grounds: ‘Mr Rotenberg is a long-time acquaintance of President Putin and his former judo sparring partner. He has developed his fortune during President Putin’s tenure. He has been favoured by Russian decision-makers in the award of important contracts by the Russian State or by State-owned enterprises. His companies were notably awarded several highly lucrative contracts for the preparations of the Sochi Olympic Games. He is a major shareholder of Giprotransmost, a company which has received a public procurement contract by a Russian State-owned Company to conduct the feasibility study of the construction of a bridge from Russia to the illegally annexed Autonomous Republic of Crimea, therefore consolidating its integration into the Russian Federation which in turn further undermines the territorial integrity of Ukraine’.
With effect from 15 March 2015, the restrictive measures imposed on Mr Rotenberg were extended. While much of the first statement of reasons was retained, with the exception of the last sentence set out above, the Council added two further grounds: ‘[Mr Rotenberg] is also the owner of the company Stroygazmontazh which has been awarded a State contract for the construction of a bridge from Russia to the illegally annexed Autonomous Republic of Crimea, therefore consolidating its integration into the Russian Federation which in turn further undermines the territorial integrity of Ukraine. He is the chairman of the board of directors of publishing house Prosvescheniye, which has notably implemented the project “To the Children of Russia: Address — Crimea”, a public relations campaign that was designed to persuade Crimean children that they are now Russian citizens living in Russia and thereby supporting the Russian Government’s policy to integrate Crimea into Russia’. The restrictive measures were subsequently extended, with the same statement of reasons, until 15 March 2016 and then again until 15 September 2016.
Mr Rotenberg applied to the General Court to annul the restrictive measures adopted against him until 15 September 2016.1
By today’s judgment, the General Court partly upholds the action for annulment brought by Mr Rotenberg. It annuls the restrictive measures in respect of the period from 30 July 2014 to 14 March 2015, but confirms them in respect of the period from 15 March 2015 to 15 September 2016.
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Unionin yleisen tuomioistuimen tuomio asiassa T-720/14
Rotenberg v. neuvosto