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Tigran Khudaverdyan, the former managing director of the Yandex group of companies, filed a lawsuit against the EU Council in the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg in order to challenge the sanctions imposed against him. lawsuit was filed on June 7, the TV channel drew attention to it RTVI on Monday, August 1st.

In his lawsuit, Khudaverdyan insists that his right to effective judicial protection was violated, since the Council did not give specific reasons for imposing sanctions against him, but limited itself to abstract justifications.

In addition, Khudaverdyan writes that he does not support the actions of the Russian authorities regarding invasion of Ukraineand Yandex is neither “a key element in hiding information about the war in Ukraine from Russians” nor “a significant source of income for the government of the Russian Federation,” as the EU Council claims.

The entrepreneur calls the grounds for imposing restrictions “discriminatory and disproportionate in terms of the goal pursued by the Council.” Khudaverdyan notes that the punitive measures violated his basic rights, namely the right to respect for property, private and family life, and the freedom to engage in entrepreneurial activities.

Sanctions against Khudaverdyan after his meeting with Putin

The European Union imposed penalties on Khudaverdyan on March 15 – on the same day he took over as CEO of Yandex instead of Elena Bunina. The next day, he also left his post and resigned from the board of directors of the company.

The European Union, in justifying sanctions against Khudaverdyan, refers to the words of an unnamed former head of the Yandex.News service, who described the company as a “key element in hiding information” about the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

In addition, it says in EU document, February 24, Khudaveryan attended a meeting of businessmen with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin, indicating that “he is a member of an inner circle close to Vladimir Putin” and “supports policies that undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine “. In July, sanctions against Khudaverdyan were introduced and Canada.

In early March, Khudaveryan wrote on his Facebook page, that from “Yandex” “many demand to immediately stand on an armored car and loudly indicate their position.” “I believe that any action should be dictated not by emotional impulses, but by key priorities. What we are defending now is not a business. These are services that are necessary for people living in the country, like electricity or running water. Search should be searched. Taxi should to arrive, goods and food to be delivered. Infrastructure to work. For these reasons, we cannot climb onto the armored car. I hope I explained the situation clearly enough,” Khudaveryan wrote.

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