Leading London-based independent law firm Gherson Solicitors has today secured the removal of Andriy Klyuyev from the EU sanctions list after a five-year battle with authorities.
The former head of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration under President Victor Yanukovych, Andriy Klyuyev had been placed on the EU sanctions list in April 2014. Andriy, who had previously held other high-level posts in the former Ukrainian government including Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council, was placed on the list amid allegations of misappropriation of state funds. The EU had argued at the time that Andriy, his brother Sergiy Klyuyev as well as Yanukovych, and others close to the regime "were responsible for the misappropriation of Ukrainian state funds or for abuse of office, causing a loss to Ukrainian public funds."
Despite securing the removal of identical sanctions imposed on Sergiy Klyuyev in 2018, the Gherson team led by partner Roger Gherson and solicitor Thomas Garner continued to fight for the deletion of Andriy from the list. The team has been instructed in this case since the outset and instructed Brian Kennelly QC and Jason Pobjoy of Blackstone Chambers to help ensure a successful outcome for the client.
Commenting on the case, Thomas Garner stated:
“These sanctions were nothing more than a politically motivated attack on our client by elements of the new government in The Ukraine.
The most shocking aspect of this whole case is the blind acceptance and rubber-stamping exhibited by the Council of the EU in imposing and renewing sanctions simply on the basis of misleading, and in some cases, downright incorrect information supplied by the General Prosecutor’s Office in Ukraine. Despite compelling and voluminous evidence presented to them by us since 2014 the Council has continued to maintain these incredibly damaging sanctions against our client. Whilst we are naturally delighted by the result, we are dismayed that it has taken nearly 5 years to reach this point.”
“The imposition of these sanctions caused our client and his family significant distress and inflicted irrevocable reputational damage. They have had a devastating effect on his business interests and resulted in huge financial losses.”