Guidance

Financial sanctions, Belarus

Belarus is currently subject to financial sanctions. This document provides a current list of designated persons.

Documents

Details

In 2006, the European Union imposed restrictive measures, which included among other matters, a freeze on the funds of President Lukashenko and certain other officials of Belarus who are responsible for the violations of international electoral standards in the Presidential elections in Belarus on 19 March 2006 and the subsequent crackdown on civil society and democratic opposition.

The Lukashenko regime’s release of all remaining political prisoners in August 2015 and the holding of a peaceful presidential election on 11 October 2015 led the EU to agree on a softening of sanctions to encourage further cooperation from the Belarusian regime. This resulted in the suspension of a majority of asset freeze targets on 1 November 2015. These targets were subsequently delisted in February 2016. Four individuals remain listed and subject to restrictive measures. These individuals are associated with the unresolved disappearances of four political activists in 1999 and 2000.

EU regulations

You can view Council Regulation (EC) 765/2006 on restrictive measures in Belarus online.

You can find the most recent amendments to the Regulation by searching on EUR-Lex – an online database that provides free access to EU law, international agreements and other public documents. Just:

  • enter the Regulation number into the search bar
  • open the relevant page and
  • click ‘document information’

UK regulations

Published 13 November 2012
Last updated 18 December 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated links to regulations as part of routine site maintenance.
  2. Updated with the link: 13.04.2016 The Belarus (Asset-Freezing) (Amendment) Regulations (SI 2016/504)
  3. Updated EU regulations: 29 October 2015 and 25 February 2016
  4. New notice added.
  5. minor change to web text
  6. New notice 2015/1326 added
  7. New notice added
  8. Updated due to new notice Belarus (Belteck Export Update).
  9. New Judgement of the General Court notice
  10. Belarus (Reg 1159/2014) notice and updated consolidated list published
  11. Updated to reflect latest HM Treasury notice, Belarus (Reg 740/2014)
  12. added notice 22/01/14 Belarus (Reg 46/2014); updated consolidated list
  13. added Latest HM Treasury notice, Belarus (Reg 1054/2013)
  14. Latest notice, 04/06/13 Belarus (Reg 494/2013) added
  15. Updated to reflect latest sanctions
  16. First published.