The EU has published Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1374 (the “Implementing Regulation”), re-imposing asset freeze measures on Arkady Rotenberg under the EU’s sanctions targeting parties thought to be involved in undermining or threatening the territorial integrity of Ukraine in Regulation (EU) 269/2014 (the “Regulation”).
Mr Rotenberg’s original listing was removed in November 2016, after the General Court found the reasons for listing were unlawful. This was because the EU had failed to demonstrate Mr Rotenberg’s association with people responsible for undermining Ukraine’s territorial integrity. They had also relied on contracts that pre-dated the annexation of Crimea, as evidence that he benefitted from it. The new Implementing Regulation amends Mr Rotenberg’s listing in Annex I to Regulation (EU) 269/2014 to provide more extensive reasons for listing.