EU intends to impose sanctions against five people responsible for the elections in the Crimea

The European Union intends to freeze the assets of five people who are responsible for conducting the Russian presidential elections in the Crimea. This was stated by a Brussels correspondent of Radio Svoboda, Rikard Jozwiak on Twitter, Evropeyska Pravda reports.

"EU is set to impose an asset freeze and visa ban on 5 people responsible for organizing the Russian presidential elections in Crimea in March. It will be confirmed by EU ministers in mid-May. They'll be added to the sanctions list already containing 150 people and 38 entities.,” Jozwiak reported. 

Earlier, at the meeting in Brussels, Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin gave the foreign Ministers of the EU a list of 140 people involved in organizing and conducting elections in the Crimea. The EU confirmed that they received the list and recalled that the decision on additional sanctions should be approved by all member-countries.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gained a victory in the elections. He obtained 76.69% of the vote, breaking his own record of 71.31% in 2004 and outperforming Dmitry Medvedev who won with 70.28% in 2008. This year, Pavel Grudinin obtained 11.77%, Vladimir Zhirinovsky received 5.65%, Ksenia Sobchak got 1.68%, Grigory Yavlinsky gained 1.05%, Boris Titov received 0.76%, Maxim Suraykin got 0.68%, and Sergey Baburin was supported by 0.65%.

  elections in Crimea, EU sanctions