“Treasury Designates Seven Individuals And One Entity Contributing To The Situation In Ukraine”

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control on April 11, 2014 released the following:

Sanctions Target Crimean Separatists, a former Ukrainian Official,
and a Crimea-based Gas Company

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated Crimean separatist leaders Pyotr Zima, Aleksei Chaliy, Rustam Temirgaliev, Yuriy Zherebtsov, Mikhail Malyshev, and Valery Medvedev, former Ukrainian official Sergey Tsekov, and Crimea-based gas company Chernomorneftegaz pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13660. These individuals and this entity are being sanctioned for being responsible for or complicit in, or having engaged in, actions or policies that undermine democratic processes or institutions in Ukraine, actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of Ukraine, or misappropriation of state assets of Ukraine or of an economically significant entity in Ukraine; or having asserted governmental authority over any part or region of Ukraine without the authorization of the Government of Ukraine.

“Crimea is occupied territory. We will continue to impose costs on those involved in ongoing violations of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen.

Crimean Separatists

Pyotr Zima was appointed as de facto head of the Security Service of Ukraine’s main directorate in Crimea by the presidium of the Crimean parliament in March 2014. Zima was subsequently dismissed from his duties by interim Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov for taking an oath of loyalty to the new Crimean authorities, and the Prosecutor-General’s Office of Ukraine received permission from a Ukrainian district court to detain Zima for colluding with Sergei Aksenov and Vladimir Konstantinov to commit crimes under Article 109 Part 1 of the Ukrainian Criminal Code. Aksenov and Konstantinov were designated on March 17, 2014 pursuant to E.O. 13660. Zima is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13660 because he has asserted governmental authority over a part or region of Ukraine without the authorization of the Government of Ukraine.

Aleksei Chaliy is the de facto Chairman of the Coordinating Council for the establishment of the Sevastopol municipal administration, and signed the March 16, 2014 agreement between the Russian Federation and the “Republic of Crimea” to unite Crimea and the city of Sevastopol with Russia. Chaliy is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13660 because he has asserted governmental authority over any part or region of Ukraine without the authorization of the Government of Ukraine; and because he is responsible for or complicit in, or has engaged in, directly or indirectly, actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of Ukraine.

As de facto Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Crimea, Rustam Temirgaliev ran the unauthorized March 16, 2014 referendum in Crimea.

As de facto counselor to the Speaker of the Crimean parliament, the Rada, Yuriy Zherebtsov was one of the main organizers of the unauthorized March 16 referendum in Crimea, which paved the way for Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea. On March 9, 2014, Zherebtsov signed a letter on behalf of the authorities of “the Autonomous Republic of Crimea” requesting the commander of the military base in Yevpatoria, Crimea to disarm his troops and surrender the base to the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation.

Mikhail Malyshev is the de facto Chair of the Crimea Electoral Commission, which administered the unauthorized March 16, 2014 referendum in Crimea.

Valery Medvedev is the de facto Chair of the Sevastopol Electoral Commission, which administered the unauthorized March 16, 2014 referendum for the city of Sevastopol.

Temirgaliev, Zherebtsov, Malyshev, and Medvedev are being designated pursuant to E.O. 13660 because they are responsible for or complicit in, or have engaged in, directly or indirectly, actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of Ukraine. Zherebtsov is also being designated because he is responsible for or complicit in, or has engaged in, directly or indirectly, actions or policies that undermine democratic processes or institutions in Ukraine.

Former Ukrainian Official

Sergey Tsekov was the Vice Speaker of Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, and was responsible for facilitating the unauthorized referendum that paved the way for Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea. Tsekov is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13660 because he is responsible for or complicit in, or has engaged in, directly or indirectly, actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Crimean Entity

On March 18, 2014 the Crimean parliament passed a resolution to seize the Crimean assets of a subsidiary of a Ukrainian state-owned gas company which has drilling rigs off Crimea’s west coast and in the Sea of Azov. The assets were transferred to an entity with the same name, Chernomorneftegaz, and same address. The parliament’s resolution said the takeover would include ownership of the region’s “continental shelf and the exclusive (maritime) economic zone.” Chernomorneftegaz is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13660 because it is complicit in the misappropriation of state assets of Ukraine or of an economically significant entity in Ukraine.

As a result of Treasury’s action, any assets of the persons designated today that are within U.S. jurisdiction must be frozen. Additionally, transactions by U.S. persons or with the United States involving these individuals and entity are generally prohibited.

Identifying Information

Name: Pyotr Anatoliyovych Zima
AKA: Petr Anatolyevich Zima
AKA: Petro Zyma
DOB: 29 March 1965
POB: Russia
Address: 18 Ulitsa D. Ulyanova, Apartment 110, Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine
Title: Head of the Crimean SBU (Security Service of Ukraine)

Name: Aleksei Mikhailovich Chaliy
AKA.: Aleksey Mikhailovich Chaliy
AKA.: Aleksey Mykhaylovych Chaliy
AKA.: Oleksiy Mikhailovich Chaliy
AKA.: Aleksey Mikhailovich Chaly
AKA.: Aleksei Mikhailovich Chaliy
AKA.: Alexei Chaly
AKA.: Aleksei Chaliy
AKA.: Alexei Chaliy
DOB: 13 June 1961
POB: Sevastopol, Ukraine
Title: Mayor of Sevastopol
Title: Chairman of the Coordination Council for the Establishment of the
Sevastopol Municipal Administration

Name: Rustam Ilmirovich Temirgaliev
DOB: 15 August 1976
POB: Ulan-Ude, Russian Federation
Title: Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Crimea
Title: Crimean Deputy Prime Minister

Name: Yuriy Gennadyevich Zherebtsov
AKA: Yury Zherebtsov
DOB: 19 November 1969
POB: Odessa, Ukraine
Title: Counselor to the Speaker of the Crimean Rada

Name: Mikhail Grigorevich Malyshev
DOB: 10 October 1955
POB: Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine
Address: 15/9 Ulitsa Turgeneva, Apt. 9, Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine
Title: Chair of the Crimea Electoral Commission

Name: Valery Kirillovich Medvedev
DOB: 21 August 1946
POB: Russia
Address: 22 Ulitsa Oktyabrskoi Revolutsii, Building 9, Apt. 14, Sevastopol, Crimea, Ukraine
Title: Chair of the Sevastopol Electoral Commission

Name: Sergey Pavlovich Tsekov
DOB: 28 September 1953
POB: Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine

Name: Chernomorneftegaz
AKA: Chornomornaftogaz
AKA: NJSC Chornomornaftogaz

Address: Kirova / per. Sovnarkomovskaya, 52/1, Simferopol, Crimea, 95000, Ukraine.”

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