Yulia Guryeva-Motlokhov sanctioned by UK authorities

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The legal representative for Yulia Guryeva-Motlokhov, Dr David Dorsett, has batted away concerns that the United Kingdom’s recent actions to sanction his client would affect the Alfa Nero proceedings.

The Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation in the UK Treasury listed Guryeva-Motlokhov as being “associated with a person who has been involved in obtaining a benefit” from the Russian government, namely her father Andrey Guryev and her brother Andrey Guryev Jr and is subject to financial sanctions and an asset freeze.

Andrey Guryev was a former Deputy Chair of a leading Russian chemical company between 2013 and 2022 while Andrey Guryev Jr served as the CEO, and former Chairman of the Management Board of the Russian chemical company.

Both have been previously sanctioned by the UK and US in 2022.

Dr Dorsett confirmed that the High Court was notified of the sanctions but they will not impact the trial proceedings expected to begin on 23 September.

“As far as these proceedings in Antigua, things continue as paced and whatever they’re doing in the United Kingdom, that’s a matter for them. We are sovereign nation, and we have our own system of justice,” Dr Dorsett said.

The sanctions against Yulia Guryeva-Motlokhov came amidst 50 other businesses and individuals who were sanctioned by the UK government on the second anniversary of the start of the Ukriane-Russian war.

Foreign Secretary David Cameron said that the UK’s ” international economic pressure means Russia cannot afford this illegal invasion.”

“This round of designations serves as a clear signal that 2 years on, the UK stands united with our allies in unwavering support for Ukraine.

“We are preparing to bolster our existing powers to target malign Russian shipping activity and individual ‘shadow fleet’ vessels used by Russia to soften the blow of oil-related sanctions imposed by the UK alongside G7 partners,” the Foreign Office wrote in their statement announcing the sanctions.

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