Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

European Union sanctions five people for organising Russian elections in Crimea

European Union sanctions five people for organising Russian elections in Crimea

The Council of the European Union has imposed sanctions against five people involved in holding an illegal Russian presidential election on the territory of the annexed Crimea, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has written on Facebook.

The EU said the election was not legitimate and violated Ukraine's sovereignty. The five people sanctioned include Natalya Ivanovna Berzruchenko, who was the deputy chairwoman of the Crimea Electoral Commission, and the secretary of the commission, Inna Nikolayevna Guzeyeva.

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As reported, on May 8, the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the European Union countries considered the issue related to restrictive measures due to the undermining of Ukraine's territorial integrity - the organization and holding of presidential elections in the occupied Crimea, and supported such an initiative. "Their only practical outcome is the accumulation of irritants, which prevent fruitful dialogue between Moscow and Brussels".

The five election commission officials have been subjected to an asset freeze and travel restrictions for "threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine". On March 16 Crimea and Sevastopol held referendums in which 96.77% of Crimeans and 95.6% of the people of Sevastopol voted for reunification with Russian Federation. The sanctions have been periodically undated with new names and prolonged every six months, most recently in March.

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