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Dmitry Kiselyov and Buk air defense system manufacturer ask Europe to lift sanctions against them

Dmitry Kiselyov, CEO of Russia Today, and Almaz-Antei, the manufacturer of the Buk air defense systems, appealed to the European court with the claims to exclude them from the sanctions list.

The CEO of Russia Today, the host of the TV channel Russia-1, Dmitry Kiselyov and Almaz-Antei, the manufacturer of the air defense systems, appealed to the Court of Justice of the European Union with the claims about their inclusion in the sanctions lists against the backdrop of the events in the east of Ukraine. It is reported by Joinfo.ua with reference to Dozhd.

It is noteworthy that Kiselyov and Almaz-Antei submitted the lawsuits back at the end of spring – on May 19 and 22. In their claims they require only one thing  – to annul the decision of the Council of Europe on sanctions against them.

It is reported that the interests of Kiselyov are presented by the British lawyers Timothy Otty and Brian Kennelly of Blackstone Chambers and Solicitor John Linneker of Dentons. They want to say that the Council of Europe allegedly misperceives the identity of Dmitry Kiselyov, and that he does not threaten the interests of Ukraine.

“The plaintiff claims that the criterion of ‘active support’ for the actions of the Russian authorities with regard to Ukraine can be applied only in case of adoption of the relevant decisions, not when expressing the views in a journalistic context,” Kiselyov’s lawyers emphasize.   ‘The plaintiff, according to him, is a journalist and the head of the media company that does not give him sufficient and immediate power to impact on the situation in Ukraine, or share the responsibility for it. ”

“In fact, the applicant has never expressed support for ‘sending Russian troops to Ukraine’, as the Council of Europe affirms,” the lawyer says. Kiselyov considers the sanctions imposed against him as unfounded, and seen them as a punishment for expressing his political views, curbs on free speech and interference in the work of Russia Today.

It is also reported that the statement of Almaz-Antei is much shorter. It says that the European Council failed to provide sufficient reasons for the inclusion of the group into the sanctions lists due to the situation in Ukraine, “clearly made a mistake” when considering the criteria for imposition of sanctions, violated the principle of proportionality of punishment and fundamental rights of the plaintiff, including the right to protection and the right to defense in court.

It should be recalled that the company manufactures the Buk air defense system, the result of the use which could be the collapse of the Malaysian aircraft Boeing 777 over the Donetsk region.