The European court ruled to keep the sanctions against ex-President Viktor Yanukovych, his son Olexandr and former secretary of the National Securioty and Defense Council Andriy Klyuyev.
‘The court only partially settled claims by the Yanukovych family and Klyuyev; the old sanctions that expired in March 2015 were lifted. However, the court ruled that the current sanctions that were imposed on them in March 2016 will stay effective. Currently, the sanctioned persons litigate over the current restrictions. The respective court hearings are underway. Since there were no additions to the evidence, the new decision of the EU court may not be in favor of the the Yanukovych family and Klyuyev. The sides may dispute the decision in the European Court for Human Rights throughout the next 2 months’, said correspondent of 112 Ukraine TV channel.
Viktor Yanykovych, his family, members of the-then government and his closest aides fled the country amidst the Revolution of Dignity in late February 2014; back then, pro-EU protesters demanded immediate resignation of pro-Russian president Yanukovych and the-then Cabinet. A hundred of unarmed protesters were gunned down by the police task force loyal to Yanukovych and the government. Eventually, the troops and the top rank officials hurried to leave Kyiv; many of them now hide in Russia.