On Friday, following the European Union, Great Britain added two Russians and four companies, associated with the construction of the Crimean Bridge, to the sanctions list due to “violation of Ukrainian sovereignty”. The list was supplemented by Alexander Ganov, General Director of Grand Service Express OJSC, and Leonid Ryzhenkin, Deputy Head of Stroygazmontazh LLC.
FSUE Crimean Railway (“KZhD”), CJSC “Lenpromtransproekt”, JSC “Directorate for the construction of the railway Berkakit-Tommot-Yakutsk” and LLC “Crimean First Insurance Company” were among the companies under sanctions. All companies were involved in the design, construction, or operation of Crimea Bridge.
Earlier this week, the European Union included these individuals and companies into the list of individual sanctions in Ukraine.
Crimea became a Russian region after the referendum held there in March 2014, in which 96.77% of the electorate of the Crimea and 95.6% of Sevastopol residents were in favor of joining Russia. Ukraine still considers the Crimea its own, but temporarily occupied territory. The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated that the residents of Crimea democratically, in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter voted for reunification with Russia. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the issue of the Crimea ‘is closed definitively’.