January 21, 2019: EU, OFSI makes chemical weapons designations

Chemical weapons: the EU places nine persons and one entity under new sanctions regime

The Council imposed today sanctions on nine persons and one entity under the new regime of restrictive measures against the use and proliferation of chemical weapons created on 15 October 2018.

These designations include the two GRU officials, and the Head and Deputy Head of the GRU (also known as the G.U., or the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces) responsible for possession, transport and use in Salisbury (UK) of a toxic nerve agent on the weekend of 4 March 2018. Sanctions are also imposed on the Syrian entity responsible for the development and production of chemical weapons, the Scientific Studies and Research Centre (SSRC), as well as five Syrian officials directly involved in the SSRC’s activities. These persons and entity are the first one being listed under the new chemical weapons sanctions regime. The SSRC was already listed under the Syria sanctions regime.

Sanctions consist of a travel ban to the EU and an asset freeze for persons, and an asset freeze for entities. In addition, EU persons and entities are forbidden from making funds available to those listed. This decision contributes to the EU’s efforts to counter the proliferation and use of chemical weapons which poses a serious threat to international security.

The legal acts, including the names of the persons concerned, will be available in the EU Official Journal of 21 January 2019.

This became Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/84, which UK regulators implemented on Monday as well – here are the new individual:

1. YASMINA, Tariq

Title: Colonel a.k.a: YASMINA, Tarq Nationality: Syrian Other Information: Tariq Yasmina acts as the liaison officer between the Scientific Studies and Research Centre (SSRC) and the Presidential Palace, and, as such, is involved in the use and preparations for the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime. Listed on: 21/01/2019 Last Updated: 21/01/2019 Group ID: 13743.

2. NASRI, Khaled

a.k.a: (1) NASRI , Mohammed , Khaled (2) NATSRI, Haled Nationality:

Syrian Position: Head of Institute 1000 of the SSRC Other Information: Khaled Nasri is the Director of Institute 1000, the division of the Scientific Studies and Research Centre (SSRC) responsible for developing and producing computer and electronic systems for Syria’s chemical weapons programme. Listed on: 21/01/2019 Last Updated: 21/01/2019 Group ID: 13745.

3. ZUGHAIB, Walid

Title: Dr. a.k.a: (1) ZGHA’IB, Dr., Walid (2) ZUGHAYB, Dr., Walid (3) ZUGHIB, Dr., Walid Nationality: Syrian Position: Head of Institute 2000 of the SSRC Other Information: Walid Zughaib is the Director of Institute 2000, the division of the Scientific Studies and Research Centre (SSRC) responsible for mechanical development and production for Syria’s chemical weapons programme. Listed on: 21/01/2019 Last Updated: 21/01/2019 Group ID: 13746.

4. AHMED, Firas

Title: Colonel DOB: 21/01/1967. a.k.a: AHMAD, Colonel , Firas Nationality: Syrian Position: Head of Security Office at Institute 1000 of the SSRC Other Information: Firas Ahmed is the Director of the Security Office of Institute 1000, the division of the Scientific Studies and Research Centre (SSRC) responsible for developing and producing computer and electronic systems for Syria’s chemical weapons programme. He was involved in transferring and concealing chemical weapons related materials following Syria’s accession to the Chemical Weapons Convention. Listed on: 21/01/2019 Last Updated: 21/01/2019 Group ID: 13749.

5. SAID, Said

Title: Dr. DOB: 11/12/1955. a.k.a: (1) SAEED, Dr., Said (2) SA’ID, Dr.,

Sa’id Position: Member of Institute 3000 (a.k.a. Institute 6000 a.k.a. Institute 5000) of the SSRC Other Information: Said Said is a significant figure in Institute 3000 a.k.a Institute 6000 a.k.a. Institute 5000, the division of the Scientific Studies and Research Centre (SSRC) that is responsible for developing and producing Syria’s chemical weapons. Listed on: 21/01/2019 Last Updated: 21/01/2019 Group ID: 13750.

6. CHEPIGA, Anatoliy Vladimirovich

DOB: (1) 05/04/1979. (2) 12/04/1978. POB: 1) Nikolaevka, Amur Oblast, Russia; 2) Dushanbe, Tajikistan a.k.a: BOSHIROV, Ruslan Other Information: GRU Officer Anatoliy Chepiga (a.k.a. Ruslan Boshirov) possessed, transported and then, during the weekend of 4 March 2018, in Salisbury, used a toxic nerve agent (“Novichok”). On 5 September 2018, the UK Crown Prosecution Service charged Ruslan Boshirov for conspiracy to murder Sergei Skripal, for the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal, Yulia Skripal and Nick Bailey, for the use and possession of Novichok and for causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Yulia Skripal and Nick Bailey. Listed on: 21/01/2019 Last Updated: 21/01/2019 Group ID: 13751.

7. MISHKIN, Alexander Yevgeniyevich

DOB: 13/07/1979. POB: 1) Loyga, Russia 2) Kotlas, Russia a.k.a: PETROV, Alexander Other Information: GRU Officer Alexander Mishkin (a.k.a. Alexander Petrov) possessed, transported and then, during the weekend of 4 March 2018, in Salisbury, used a toxic nerve agent (“Novichok”). On 5 September 2018, the UK Crown Prosecution Service charged Alexander Petrov for conspiracy to murder Sergei Skripal, for the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal, Yulia Skripal and Nick Bailey, for the use and possession of Novichok, and for causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Yulia Skripal and Nick Bailey. Listed on: 21/01/2019 Last Updated: 21/01/2019 Group ID: 13744

8. ALEXSEYEV, Vladimir Stepanovich

Position: First Deputy Head of the GRU Other Information: Vladimir Stepanovich Alexseyev is the First Deputy Head of the GRU (a.k.a. GU). Given his senior leadership role in the GRU, Alexseyev is responsible for the possession, transport and use in Salisbury during the weekend of 4 March 2018 of the toxic nerve agent “Novichok” by officers from the GRU. Listed on: 21/01/2019 Last Updated: 21/01/2019 Group ID: 13747.

9. KOSTYUKOV, Igor Olegovich

Position: Head of the GRU Other Information: Igor Olegovich Kostyukov, given his senior leadership role as First Deputy Head of the GRU (a. k. a. GU) at that time, is responsible for the possession, transport and use in Salisbury during the weekend of 4 March 2018 of the toxic nerve agent “Novichok” by officers from the GRU. Listed on: 21/01/2019 Last Updated: 21/01/2019 Group ID: 13748.

and entity designations (which, from the UK perspective, is actually an amendment to an existing listing):

CENTRE D’ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES SYRIEN (CERS)

a.k.a: (1) Centre de Recherche de Kaboun (2) Centre d’Etude et de Recherche Scientifique (CERS) (3) Scientific Studies and Research Center Centre (SSRC) Address: Barzeh Street, PO Box 4470, Damascus. Other Information: Government entity responsible for developing and producing non-conventional weapons, including chemical weapons, and the missiles to deliver them. Listed under both the Syria and Chemical Weapons Regimes Listed on: 21/01/2019 Last Updated: 27/09/2017 21/01/2019 Group ID: 12426.

Links:

EU Notice

OFSI Notice

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/84

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