04 May 2022
Updated Sanction Notification
The Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER has amended the ordinance of 4. March 2022 on measures related to the situation in Ukraine (RS 9126.96.36.199).
On the 3rd In May 2022, the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER amended Annex 8 to the Regulation. The EAER has therefore adapted the sanction database SESAM (SECO Sanctions Management), which is decisive for Switzerland, and published the adaptation on its website. The change will take effect on the 4th. May 2022 at 6 p.m.
Financial intermediaries are required under the provisions of the regulation to implement the prohibitions, block the assets of the sanctioned persons and report the business relationships concerned to SECO. The notification to SECO does not release a financial intermediary from additional clarifications in the event of suspicion in accordance with Art. 6 AMLA and if he cannot clear them out, immediately at the reporting office for money laundering in accordance with Art. 9 AMLA to report.
Swiss authorities have added the following 2 persons: to this program:
SSID: 175-54366 Name: Kurchenko Serhiy Vitaliyovich Spelling variant: a) Курченко Сергiй Вiталiйович (Ukrainian) b) КУРЧЕНКО Сергей Витальевич (Russian)
Sex: M DOB: 21 Sep 1985 POB: Kharkiv, Ukraine Nationality: Ukraine
Justification: a) Mr Serhiy Kurchenko is a Ukrainian businessman. With support from pro- Russia separatists, he took control of several large metallurgical, chemical and energy plants in the separatist-held areas of Donbas. His “Gaz-Alliance” company monopolised coal mining in Donbas after its competitors had been forced out of the market, reportedly with help from Russia. He organised and benefitted from the illegal scheme of exporting Donbas coal to Russia and Europe despite EU sanctions. Coal extracted in Mr Kurchenko’s mines has been re-registered and illegally exported via Russian ports. b) Mr Kurchenko helped large Russian companies and State-owned holdings to bypass EU restrictive measures by acting as their sub-contractor in the Russian-held territories. He has been an intermediary in Russian gas, fuel and electricity exports to the separatist-held parts of Donbas, which strengthened their independent energy supplies and undermined their economic integration with Ukraine. Moreover, he delivered fuel to the illegally occupied Crimean Peninsula. By doing so, he strengthened the independent power supplies of this territory. He also owns the largest oil depot on the Crimean Peninsula. c) He thereby benefitted from Russian decision- makers responsible for the annexation of Crimea and the destabilisation of Eastern Ukraine, conducted transactions with the separatist groups in the Donbas region of Ukraine, and actively supported actions and policies which undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine. Modifications: Listed on 4 May 2022
SSID: 175-54375 Name: Prigozhin Yevgeniy Viktorovich Spelling variant: ПРИГОЖИН Евгений Викторович (Russian)
Sex: M DOB: 1 Jun 1961 POB: Leningrad, Russian Federation Nationality: Russian Federation
Relation: a) Husband of Prigozhina Lyubov Valentinovna (SSID 175-47957) b) Son of Prigozhina Violetta (SSID 175-47951) c) Related to Internet Research Agency (SSID 175- 48049) Other information: a) Function: prominent businessman, with close ties to Russian political leadership b) Associated persons: Lyubov Valentinovna Prigozhina (spouse); Violetta Prigozhina (mother). Associated entities: Wagner Group, internet Research Agency, Concord company group, Concord Management and Consulting LLC, Megaline LLC Modifications: Listed on 4 May 2022