According to Politico, the European Commission plans to propose a legal initiative that would make it a criminal offense at the level EU evading the implementation of sanctions against Russia. The European Commission intends to submit its proposals in two weeks.
According to the leadership of the European Union, the recognition of the evasion of sanctions against Russia as a criminal act will provide them with a legal basis for the seizure of frozen assets in Russia.
According to sources newspapersthe initiative of the European Commission will be based on the provisions that give EU countries, in coordination with the European Parliament, “to establish minimum rules in relation to criminal offenses and sanctions in relation to especially serious crimes of a cross-border nature.”
The source of the publication said that the proposal of the European Commission “will expand the legal possibilities for the confiscation of assets without sentencing.” This makes it possible to freeze the assets of sanctioned individuals and prevent them from challenging the decision in court, but at the same time it is much more difficult to confiscate them without trial.
In early April, Reuters, citing the European Commission, reported that EU countries had frozen assets worth “about thirty billion euros” associated with sanctioned individuals from Russia and Belarus.
Russia responded by threatening to nationalize assets all countries that have imposed sanctions against them.
State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin called for the confiscation of property in Russia from businesses from “unfriendly countries” as part of a mirror response to the law passed by the US House of Representatives on the transfer of frozen Russian assets to Ukraine, reports Gazeta.ru.