Three more names added to national sanctions list

The cabinet has added three more names, two individuals and one legal entity, to the national sanctions list created on the basis of the Czech Magnitsky Act approved by Parliament in 2022, Prime Minister Petr Fiala said on Wednesday.

They are Russian politician and businessman Viktor Medvedchuk, politician, media producer and propagandist Artyom Marchevsky, and the company Voice of Europe.

According to Mr. Fiala, the sanctions are meant to hit a pro-Russian network that has been trying to develop an influence operation in Czechia. This could potentially have had a serious impact on the security of the country and the European Union, he said.

The Czech Magnitsky Act allows the government to impose sanctions on foreign entities violating human rights, supporting terrorism, or committing cybercrimes. The sanctions include asset-freezing and a ban on entering the country.

Author: Ruth Fraňková