- Hans Weber
- December 4, 2023
Financial Analytical Office Imposes Sanctions on Prominent Russian Oligarch’s Assets in Czech Republic
The Financial Analytical Office of the Czech Republic has taken significant action against the assets of Vladimir Yevtushenko, a prominent Russian oligarch with close ties to Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin. Following the inclusion of Yevtushenko in the Czech sanctions list in late June, the state has blocked his accounts and seized assets valued at CZK 100 million. Yevtushenko, a billionaire with significant investments in the Czech Republic, has covert control over an electrical components company and owns hotels in the country, in addition to his companies in Russia involved in the production and supply of weapons systems for the armed forces.
One of the most notable assets seized is Yevtushenko’s luxurious five-star Savoy Westend hotel in Karlovy Vary, which has hosted prominent Russian politicians, artists, and businessmen, some of whom are also subject to international sanctions. The seizure occurred on the day of the invasion of Ukraine, when Yevtushenko was reportedly present at a meeting with Vladimir Putin.
The hotel’s operations have been significantly affected, with it now operating on a limited basis, accommodating only guests who had paid for their stays by the end of June. This situation raises concerns about potential job losses for the hotel’s employees, as the hospitality industry faces disruptions due to the imposed sanctions.
Despite potential adverse effects, some members of the Ukrainian community in Karlovy Vary argue that the state should stand firm in its commitment to imposing sanctions on individuals linked to the Russian aggression in Ukraine. They assert that the government must uphold the principles of truth and hold those who sponsor or profit from war accountable. Oleksandr Dombrovsky, a representative of the Ukrainian community in the city, has expressed this sentiment.
While the state has the authority to grant exemptions from anti-Russian sanctions, it has exercised this option in 33 cases thus far. Companies like CEZ have applied for exemptions to continue business dealings with specific engineering firms, highlighting the complexities and considerations involved in implementing sanctions that balance economic interests and political measures.
The Financial Analytical Office’s actions against Vladimir Yevtushenko’s assets signify the Czech Republic’s resolve to respond to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and demonstrate its commitment to taking measures against individuals and entities involved in actions deemed detrimental to regional stability and international norms. The situation will continue to be closely monitored, as the state navigates the challenging landscape of sanctions and their potential impacts on the economy and diplomatic relations.
Article by Prague Forum