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Tigran Khudaverdyan, former managing director of the Yandex group, filed on June 7 lawsuit to the court of the European Union, in which he demanded to lift the sanctions imposed against him after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Attention to the lawsuit drew TV channel RTVI.
Khudaverdyan said in the lawsuit that the grounds for sanctions are insufficient, and the EU authorities do not have credible evidence to support them. The former top manager of Yandex said that he “does not support the actions of the Russian government regarding the invasion of Ukraine.”
“The applicant also alleges that Yandex is not a ‘key element in hiding information from the Russians about the war in Ukraine’ or ‘a significant source of income for the government of the Russian Federation’,” the EU court said in a statement.
On March 15, the European Union imposed sanctions on Tigran Khudaverdyan due to the operation of the Yandex.News service and coverage of the war in Ukraine. The EU decision said that in early March, the former head of Yandex.News, Lev Gershenzon, accused the company of serving as a “key element in hiding information” from users about the war in Ukraine. The EU also indicated that on February 24, Khudaverdyan “was present at a meeting of oligarchs in the Kremlin with Vladimir Putin, where they discussed a plan of action against the backdrop of Western sanctions.”
Khudaverdyan worked as the managing director of the Yandex group, this position was created specifically for him in 2019. A few hours before the imposition of sanctions, he also took the position of director of Yandex in Russia. After the EU announced sanctions, Khudaverdyan left the board of directors of Yandex and the post of deputy general director of the parent company of the Yandex NV holding.
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