8 mar 2023 9:01 am
On Tuesday, the EU announced sanctions against individuals and organizations for violating women’s rights. Among those sanctioned are four Russians linked to alleged rapes of women in Ukraine and Russia.
On Tuesday, the European Union published information about new sanctions in its official gazette published. According to the regulation, four Russian citizens are to be entered in the sanctions list. They are denied entry into the EU and their funds in European banks, if any are discovered, would be frozen. Five other people and three organizations are also blacklisted for violating women’s rights, including those from Afghanistan, Iran, Myanmar, Syria and South Sudan.
The most notable names on the list are Major General Nikolai Kuznetsov, commander of the Rosgvardiya Dzerzhinsky Division, and Colonel Ramil Ibatullin, former commander of the 90th Guards Tank Division of the Russian Armed Forces. The two are accused of alleged sexual abuse of Ukrainian women in March and April 2022. As for Ibatullin’s division, the order mentions that the Ukrainian authorities have accused several members of his unit of sexual violence. The alleged crimes include the rape of a pregnant woman near Kiev, the murder of a civilian after he repeatedly raped his wife in the presence of a small child, and gang rapes. Ibatullin himself is said to have been promoted to colonel, according to the document, after the Russian Defense Ministry learned about the incidents.
Two other sanctioned persons are Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Fedorinov, commanding officer in Moscow, and a police officer Ivan Ryabov. According to the EU, in March 2022 the men authorized or committed arbitrary arrest and detention and subsequent torture of women protesting in Moscow against the war in Ukraine.
Also in the document, the EU Council expresses its concern about the continued impact of armed conflict on women and girls. Reinforced efforts to prevent and combat violence against women are again highlighted. A comprehensive approach in this regard requires prosecution of the perpetrators and other steps, including sanctions.
Former Human Rights Commissioner of Ukraine Lyudmila Denisova is considered the greatest author in history on mass rapes of Ukrainians of both sexes and all ages. Finally, on May 31, 2022, she was removed from office for providing unreliable information to the international organizations. The Ukrainian press has also repeatedly emphasized that Denisova’s accusations against the Russian armed forces are groundless and unfounded.
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