The European Union has imposed sanctions against six Russian citizens involved in human rights violations in annexed Crimea, the corresponding document was published in the official journal of the EU.
The sanctions list included Deputy Prosecutor of the Simferopol District Court Elena Podolnaya, who took part in the trial of the journalist of Radio Liberty and Crimea. Realities” by Vladislav Esipenko.
In February 2022, Esipenko was sentenced to six years in prison in the case of illegal acquisition, storage and transportation of an explosive device (Part 1 of Article 222.1 of the Criminal Code). Podolnaya asked for 11 years in prison. The journalist claimed that FSB officers planted the grenade on him during a search.
The European Union also imposed sanctions against FSB officer Denis Korovin, who, as indicated in the publication, tortured Esipenko (“Grati” wrote that after the arrest of the Crimea. Realities employee they tortured him with electric shock in order to extract a confession from him ).
The sanctions included judge of the Simferopol district court Dlyover Berberov, who sentenced the journalist, and FSB investigator Vitaly Vlasov – he investigated the case of Esipenko, deputy chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Nariman Dzhelal and Jehovah's Witnesses Alexander Dubovenko and Alexander Litvinyuk.
In addition, the list added the judge of the Supreme Court of the annexed Crimea Viktor Krapko, who took part in the trials against Dzhelal and Esipenko and authorized searches of Jehovah's Witnesses in 2021, as well as prosecutor Anastasia Supryaga, who “ participated in systematic campaigns to persecute representatives of the Crimean Tatar community and Jehovah's Witnesses.” Separately, the Simferopol District Court itself came under sanctions.
In July, the EU introduced restrictions against the leadership of Vladimir IK-6, where Alexei Navalny is being held. Ten Russians involved in the persecution of politician Vladimir Kara-Murza were also sanctioned.