The U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions on six state Duma deputies from the Crimea. This was reported on the website of the Ministry.
In particular, the sanctions imposed against the deputies from the Crimea – a former Deputy Chairman of the regional government Ruslan Balbec, Konstantin Bakharev, Andrey Kozenko, Svetlana Savchenko, Pavel Shperova, as well as against the Deputy from Sevastopol Dmitry Belik.
The US believes these politicians involved in committing acts “aimed at undermining democratic processes and institutions in Ukraine and threatened its security, stability and sovereignty”.
In a statement, the Ministry once again emphasized that the sanctions imposed in connection with the reunification of the Crimea with Russia, will remain in force until the return of the Peninsula under the control of Ukraine. In addition, the US also does not recognize the legitimacy of the past on the Peninsula elections to the state Duma.
Now any assets, accounts or property appeared in the list of the Ministry of Finance of persons in case of detection in the U.S., will be frozen, Americans are forbidden to carry with them any transactions, notes TASS.
On 8 November, the EU introduced the sanctions list of these deputies. Two more Crimean Parliament – Natalia Poklonskaya and Mikhail Sheremet – previously it was included in the black list of the EU. It was noted that the deputies came under EU sanctions due to the participation in the elections to the state Duma of the Russian Federation “in the illegally annexed Crimea and Sevastopol.”
After the parliamentary elections in Russia the Ukrainian Prosecutor of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea has opened a criminal case against state Duma deputies, elected on the territory of Crimea. Proceedings are opened as regards 1 article 111 of the Criminal code of Ukraine (“high treason”) which prescribes punishment in the form of deprivation of liberty for a term from 10 to 15 years.