The United States and its allies have sanctioned the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, and 328 of its members for their role in supporting the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The Duma passed a resolution asking President Putin to recognize the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics as independent states, which he did in a pretext to invade Ukraine.
Abdulkhakim Gadzhiyev: Russian MP Sanctioned for Role in Ukraine War
Abdulkhakim Gadzhiyev has been sanctioned by the following jurisdictions:
- United States (March , 2022)
- European Union (March , 2022)
- United Kingdom (March , 2022)
United States Sanctions on Abdulkhakim Gadzhiyev
March 24, 2022 :: All property and interests in property of Gadzhiyev that are in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons are blocked and must be reported to OFAC. In addition, any entities that are owned, directly or indirectly, 50 percent or more by one or more blocked persons are also blocked.
All transactions by U.S. persons or within (or transiting) the United States that involve any property or interests in property of designated or otherwise blocked persons are prohibited unless authorized by a general or specific license issued by OFAC, or otherwise exempt.
These prohibitions include the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any blocked person and the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person.
OFAC is designating 328 members of the Duma pursuant to E.O. 14024 for being or having been leaders, officials, senior executive officers, or members of the board of directors of the GoR.
United Kingdom Sanctions on Abdulkhakim Gadzhiyev
(UK Sanctions List Ref) : RUS0342. Financial sanctions imposed in addition to an asset freeze
Trust services. Date :trust services sanctions imposed: 21/03/2023.
(UK Statement of Reasons): Member of the State Duma of Russia who voted in favour of Federal Law No. 75577-8 “On the ratification of the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance between the Russian Federation and the Luhansk People’s Republic” and/or Federal LawNo. 75578-8 “On the ratification of the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance between the Russian Federation and the Donetsk People’s Republic”.
In so doing, the member endorsed President Putin’s decision to recognise the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic as independent states, thereby providing support for policies and/or actions which destabilise Ukraine and/or undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine.
European Union Sanctions on Abdulkhakim Gadzhiyev
Gadzhiyev has also been expelled from the Council of Europe, a human rights organization of 47 European countries. He was expelled on March 10, 2022, for his role in supporting the Russian government’s activities in Ukraine.
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Reason and Consequences of Sanctions Imposed
The US Treasury Department said that Gadzhiyev has been a major supporter of the Russian government’s illegal and harmful activities in Ukraine. It specifically cited Gadzhiyev’s support for the Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Gadzhiyev is the most recent Russian politician to be sanctioned by the United States. The United States has imposed sanctions on hundreds of Russian officials and organizations in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
In addition to the US sanctions, Gadzhiyev has also been sanctioned by the European Union and the United Kingdom. The EU sanctions prohibit Gadzhiyev from traveling to the EU and freezing his assets within the EU. The UK sanctions prohibit Gadzhiyev from entering the UK and freezing his assets within the UK.
Impact on Personal And Professional Life of Abdulkhakim Gadzhiyev
The sanctions imposed on Gadzhiyev by the United States, the European Union, and the United Kingdom include:
- A travel ban, which prohibits him from entering any of these jurisdictions.
- A freeze on his assets, which means that no one in these jurisdictions can do business with him or his assets.
- A ban on providing him with financial services, such as loans or credit.
These sanctions are designed to target Gadzhiyev’s personal wealth and his ability to do business. They are also intended to send a message to other Russian officials that they will be held accountable for their role in the Ukraine war.
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