Associated with "Sens Bank": Zelensky imposed sanctions of the National Security and Defence Council against 18 companies
Ukraine has imposed sanctions against 18 legal entities registered in Cyprus, Russia, Luxembourg and the British Virgin Islands. There are only seven Russian companies on the list, but the list includes companies related to the ownership structure of Sens Bank, which is probably being prepared for nationalization.
The relevant decision of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) was enacted by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. This is evidenced by decree No. 371/2023 of July 5.
Among the sanctioned companies are ABH Holdings SA and ABH Ukraine Limited, "AS Holding", "AB Holding", "Alfa Insurance", "Alfa Capital Holdings Limited", "UNS-Holding", Selin Ltd. EXT Ltd, Viviga Ltd, Fairacre Holdings Ltd and others.
According to the National Bank of Ukraine on March 20, 2023 ABH Holdings SA owned 57.6% of the shares of Ukrainian "Sense Bank" (former "Alfa-Bank Ukraine"). Another 42.3% of the bank was owned by ABH Ukraine Limited. Through these companies, the bank is managed by subsanctioned Russians Mykhailo Fridman and Petr Aven.
The sanctions have been in force since their publication. The secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine is in charge of monitoring the implementation of the decision of the NSDC.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, earlier Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky signed a law that allows the National Bank to nationalize even successful banks of sub-sanctioned owners. We are talking exclusively about systemic banks, which include Sens.
At the same time, the EU imposed sanctions against Friedman back in February 2022, and the UK joined them in March. Ukraine imposed sanctions against the Russian oligarch in October of the same year. Thus, Sens Bank fully meets the criteria for its nationalization.