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UK imposes further sanctions to hold Lukashenko regime to account for human rights violations in Belarus

The UK imposed more sanctions in response to the Lukashenko regime’s continued disregard for international law, and ongoing human rights violations in Belarus. From:Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Officeand The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MPPublished2 December 2021

  • alongside our US, Canadian and EU allies, the UK has imposed fresh sanctions on eight Belarusian individuals responsible for repression and human rights violations
  • an asset freeze on OJSC Belaruskali, one of the world’s largest producers of potash fertiliser, will target a major source of revenue and foreign currency for the Lukashenko regime
  • this is the fifth round of sanctions under the UK’s Belarus sanctions regime, carefully targeting the Lukashenko regime whilst minimising impact on ordinary Belarusians

The UK has today (Thursday 2 December) imposed another package of sanctions in response to the continued disregard for international law by the Lukashenko regime, and the ongoing violation of fundamental freedoms and human rights in Belarus.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said:

The UK believes in free speech, a free press and freedom of association. We will not look away while members of the opposition, journalists and activists continue to be beaten, jailed and killed, or forced into exile.

These sanctions continue to target important sources of revenue to the Lukashenko regime and place severe restrictions on those responsible for some of the worst anti-democratic acts in Belarus.

The UK and our allies will always stand for the rule of law and hold to account those who undermine freedom, democracy and human rights.

This is the fifth tranche of sanctions in a series of important measures taken under the UK’s Belarus sanctions regime. The UK has already imposed sanctions on more than 100 people and organisations in response to the fraudulent elections in Belarus and the litany of abhorrent acts and human rights violations that the Lukashenko regime continues to commit.

Under this latest tranche, the UK has imposed an asset freeze on one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of potassium chloride (potash) fertilisers – a major source of revenue and foreign currency for the Lukashenko regime.

We have also imposed asset freezes and travel bans on 5 propagandists who played a key part in the spread of disinformation in Belarus, a senior Belarusian official responsible for the repression of civil society and democratic opposition in the country, as well as on a judge and assistant prosecutor who are responsible for numerous politically-motivated rulings against journalists, activists and protestors – including 2 BelSat journalists who were imprisoned in 2020 for live streaming peaceful protests.

These measures represent a significant additional step in bringing pressure to bear on the Lukashenko regime. They are carefully targeted to build pressure on Lukashenko, state institutions and those around him to change behaviour, while minimising, as far as possible, any unintended consequences on the wider population in Belarus.

The latest round of designations, which have been imposed alongside the US, Canada and EU, demonstrate that the UK is prepared to stand up for freedom and democracy, and act robustly, decisively and relentlessly to take on malign actors wherever they are in the world.

The UK will continue to work with its allies to hold malign actors to account and to support civil society and human rights in Belarus.

Background

Here are the full sanctions listings – people:

1. AZARENOK, Grigoriy Yurievich
DOB: 18/10/1995. a.k.a: AZARONAK, Rhyor, Yurievich Address: Capital TV, 6 Kommunisticheskaya St, Minsk, Belarus, 220029. Position: Journalist, Capital TV (CTV) Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): BEL0119 (UK Statement of Reasons): As a journalist reporting on the state-owned TV channel CTV, Grigoriy Yurievich Azarenok, hereafter Azarenok has willingly provided the Belarusian public with false information about the democratic opposition and protests, thus lending support to the regime. Azarenok has vocally supported and attempted to justify the repression of the democratic opposition and of civil society who seek to demonstrate evidence of serious human rights violations committed by the regime. His journalism is specifically endorsed by the Lukashenko regime as it is the subject of several state sponsored awards. Azarenok therefore is or has been involved in undermining democracy and the rule of law in Belarus, and repressing civil society and the democratic opposition. (Gender): Male Listed on: 02/12/2021 Last Updated: 02/12/2021 Group ID: 14162.

2. BUGUK, Natalia Mikhailovna
DOB: 19/12/1989. POB: Minsk, Former USSR, now Belarus a.k.a: BUHUK, Natallia, Mikhailauna Nationality: Belarusian Position: Judge at the Frunzensky district court in Minsk Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): BEL0112 (UK Statement of Reasons): In her position as a judge at the Frunzensky District Court in Minsk, Natalia Buguk has been responsible for numerous politically motivated rulings against journalists, opposition activists and protesters. Violations of the right to a fair trial have been reported during trials that she has conducted. Buguk therefore is or has been involved in undermining democracy and the rule of law in Belarus, repressing civil society and the democratic opposition in Belarus, and for serious human rights violations in Belarus. (Gender): Female Listed on: 02/12/2021 Last Updated: 02/12/2021 Group ID: 14155.

3. GLADKAYA, Lyudmila
DOB: 30/06/1983. a.k.a: HLADKAYA, Liudmila Nationality: Belarusian Address: Belarus Segodnya, 10a Khmelnitskogo St, Minsk, Belarus, 220013. Position: Journalist, Belarus Segodnya (Belarus Today) Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): BEL0116 (UK Statement of Reasons): Lyudmila Gladkaya is a propagandist of the Lukashenko regime. She is a journalist publishing in “Belarus Segodnya", the official (state-owned) newspaper of the Presidential Administration. Her published opinions/articles and broadcasts are one of the main mouthpieces of state propaganda belittling and discrediting independent journalists and opposition supporters who seek to demonstrate evidence of serious human rights violations committed by the regime. There are recorded instances where she has interrogated persons and her journalism is specifically endorsed by the Lukashenko regime. Gladkaya therefore is or has been involved in repressing civil society and democratic opposition in Belarus, and for serious human rights violations in Belarus. (Gender): Female Listed on: 02/12/2021 Last Updated: 02/12/2021 Group ID: 14159.

4. GUSACHENKO, Alexandrovich Sergey
DOB: 05/11/1983. POB: Minsk, Belarus a.k.a: GUSACHENKA, Siarhei, Aliaksandravich Nationality: Belarusian Passport Details: (1) SP0017927 (Expiry: 19 Jul 2022) (2) MP2486634 (Expiry: 05 Nov 2028) (3) MP2972008 (Expiry: 05 Nov 2028) Address: Belteleradio, 9 Makayonka St, Minsk, Belarus, 220807. Position: Deputy Chairman, National State TV and Radio Company (Belteleradio – BTRC) Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): BEL0118 (UK Statement of Reasons): In his position as the Deputy Chairman of BTRC and host of weekly propaganda TV-show “Glavnyy efir”, Sergey Alexandrovich Gusachenko has been willingly providing the Belarusian public with false information about the outcome of elections, protests and the repressions perpetrated by the state authorities. Gusachenko is directly responsible for the way in which the State Television presents information about the situation in Belarus, thus lending support to the regime. Gusachenko therefore is or has been involved in undermining democracy and the rule of law in Belarus and repressing of civil society and the democratic opposition. (Gender): Male Listed on: 02/12/2021 Last Updated: 02/12/2021 Group ID: 14161.

5. KASYANCHYK, Alina Sergeevna
DOB: 12/03/1998. a.k.a: KASIANCHYK, Alina, Siarhiejeuna Nationality: Belarusian Position: Former Assistant Prosecutor at the Frunzensky District Court in Minsk Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): BEL0113 (UK Statement of Reasons): In her former position as assistant prosecutor at the Fruzensky District Court in Minsk, Alina Sergeevna Kasyanchyk has represented the Lukashenko regime in politically motivated cases against journalists, activists and protesters. In particular, she has prosecuted BelSat journalists Katsiaryna Bakhvalava (Andreyeva) and Darya Chultsova for live streaming peaceful protests, based on the unwarranted charges of “conspiracy” and “violating public order”. She has also prosecuted members of Belarusian civil society e.g. for taking parts in peaceful protests, and paying tribute to murdered protester Aliaksandr Taraikousky. She has consistently asked the judge for disproportionately long-term prison sentences. Kasyanchyk therefore is or has been involved in undermining democracy and the rule of law in Belarus, repressing civil society and the democratic opposition in Belarus, and for serious human rights violations. (Gender): Female Listed on: 02/12/2021 Last Updated: 02/12/2021 Group ID: 14156.

6. KRIVOSHEYEV, Andrey Evgenievich
DOB: 02/12/1981. POB: Volgograd, Former USSR, now Russian Federation a.k.a: (1) KRIVOSHEEV, Andrei (2) KRYVASHEYEU, Andrei (3) KRYVASHEYEV, Andrei Nationality: Belarusian Address: Belarusian Union of Journalists, 48a Surganova Street, Minsk, Belarus, 220013. Position: (1) Head of the State Union of Journalists (BUJ) (2) Political commentator, National State TV and Radio Company “Belteleradio” (BTRC) Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): BEL0114 (UK Statement of Reasons): A Senior Political Commentator for the National State TV and Radio Company “Belteleradio” (BTRC) Andrey Evgenievich Krivosheyev is one of the most vocal and influential members of the Belarusian state propaganda machine in the broadcast media. Further, in his role as Head of the pro-regime State Union of Journalists (BUJ) Krivosheyev is a close supporter of President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, and a key player in the regime's propaganda and censorship apparatus. Krivosheyev has actively supported Lukashenko and his regime throughout the flawed election process surrounding the 9 August 2020 Presidential election. Krivosheyev therefore is or has been involved in undermining the rule of law in Belarus and repressing of civil society and democratic opposition. (Gender): Male Listed on: 02/12/2021 Last Updated: 02/12/2021 Group ID: 14157.

7. MUKOVOZCHYK, Andrei Nikolaevich
DOB: 13/06/1963. POB: Novosibirsk, Former USSR, now Russian Federation a.k.a: MUKAVOZCHYK, Andrei, Mikalaevich Nationality: Belarusian Passport Details: (1) MP 3413113 (2) MP 2387911 Address: Belarus Segodnya, 10a Khmelnitskogo St, Minsk, Belarus, 220013. Position: Political Observer, Belarus Segodnya (Belarus Today) Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): BEL0115 (UK Statement of Reasons): Andrei Nikolaevich Mukovozchyk is a propagandist of the Lukashenko regime. He is a journalist publishing in “Belarus Segodnya", the official (state-owned) newspaper of the Presidential Administration. His published opinions/articles are one of the main mouthpieces of state propaganda and include death threats against those who oppose the regime as well as belittling and discrediting independent journalists and opposition supporters who seek to demonstrate evidence of serious human rights violations committed by the regime. His journalism is specifically endorsed by the Lukashenko regime as it is the subject of several state sponsored awards. Mukovozchyk therefore is or has been involved in repressing civil society and democratic opposition in Belarus and for serious human rights violations in Belarus. (Gender): Male Listed on: 02/12/2021 Last Updated: 02/12/2021 Group ID: 14158.

8. PARSHYN, Andrei
DOB: 19/02/1974. Nationality: Belarusian National Identification no: 3190274A018PB7 Address: 211 Skryganova St., 4A, Minsk, Belarus. Position: Chairman of the Main Directorate for Combatting Organised Crime and Corruption (GUBOPiK) of the Ministry of the Interior (MVD) Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): BEL0117 (UK Statement of Reasons): The Main Directorate for Combatting Organized Crime and Corruption (GUBOPiK) of the MVD plays a leading role in the repression of civil society and democratic opposition in Belarus, including deploying specialised “Attack” units against peaceful protestors and in raids on the homes and offices of journalists, activists and opposition supporters. In his position as Chairman of the GUBOPiK, Andrei Parshyn is responsible for the inhuman and degrading treatment inflicted on citizens who participated in peaceful protests and for their arbitrary arrest and detention. Numerous testimonies, photo and video evidence indicate that the group under his command beat and arrested peaceful protestors, threatening them with firearms. Parshyn therefore is or has been involved in undermining democracy and the rule of law in Belarus, repressing of civil society and the democratic opposition, and for serious human rights violations in Belarus. (Phone number): 375 29661213 (Gender): Male Listed on: 02/12/2021 Last Updated: 02/12/2021 Group ID: 14160.

and entity:

  1. OPEN JOINT STOCK COMPANY “BELARUSKALI”
    a.k.a: OJSC “Belaruskali” Address: OJSC Belaruskali, 5 Korzha Street, Soligorsk, Minsk Region, Belarus, 223710.Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): BEL0111 (UK Statement of Reasons): OJSC Belaruskali is one of the world’s largest producers of the key fertilizer ingredient potassium chloride (potash), and is 100% owned by the Belarusian state. As a state-owned enterprise, OJSC Belaruskali is a major source of revenue and foreign currency for the Lukashenko regime, including through the transfer of OJSC Belaruskali’s profits to the National Development Fund which is directed by Lukashenko. Export duties and taxes generated by OJSC Belaruskali account for 8-10% of the total budget of the Government of Belarus, and are therefore critically important in maintaining the regime and enabling its actions. Through the production of potash and its treatment of striking workers during the protests and crackdown in 2020, OJSC Belaruskali has helped prop up the authoritarian rule of Lukashenko’s regime. OJSC Belaruskali therefore is or has been involved in providing support for the Government of Belarus, which has taken actions to undermine democracy and the rule of law, repress civil society and the democratic opposition, and commit serious human rights violations. (Phone number): (1) +375 (17) 429-84-01 (2) +375 (17) 429-86-08 (3) +375 (17) 426-37-65 (Website): http://www.kali.by (Email address): belaruskali.office@kali.by (Organisation type): Open Joint Stock Company (OJSC) Listed on: 02/12/2021 Last Updated: 02/12/2021 Group ID: 14154

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