December 1, 2022
EU Proposes To Make Breaking Russia Sanctions A Crime

Authored by Dave DeCamp via AntiWar.com,

On Wednesday, the EU’s European Commission proposed to make breaking EU sanctions on Russia a crime, which would make it easier for the bloc to confiscate assets of people and companies that evade sanctions.

"Today’s proposals aim to ensure that the assets of individuals and entities that violate the restrictive measures can be effectively confiscated in the future," the European Commission said in a statement.

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Confiscating assets means they can be taken, sold, and used by the EU as opposed to freezing them, which only denies the targeted person access to their assets.

Breaking Russia sanctions is currently a crime in 12 EU nations. In 13 EU countries, it is either a criminal offense or an administrative offense, and two EU members only consider it an administrative offense.

Wednesday’s proposal would make evading Russia sanctions a serious criminal offense in all 27 EU countries. It would mean the EU could confiscate the assets of anyone who helped facilitate the skirting of sanctions, including lawyers and bankers.

Further, according to Reuters, "The new EU law, which has to be unanimously approved by all EU governments and get a majority in the European Parliament, would also penalize those who help break sanctions, like lawyers or bankers working with those who circumvent restrictions."

The EU is also considering selling off the assets of already-sanctioned individuals, including Russian billionaires, to use the funds for Ukraine.

President Biden is looking for similar power, but the federal government seizing private property without due process is a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment.

Tyler Durden Thu, 05/26/2022 - 12:20

Authored by Dave DeCamp via AntiWar.com,

On Wednesday, the EU’s European Commission proposed to make breaking EU sanctions on Russia a crime, which would make it easier for the bloc to confiscate assets of people and companies that evade sanctions.

“Today’s proposals aim to ensure that the assets of individuals and entities that violate the restrictive measures can be effectively confiscated in the future,” the European Commission said in a statement.

AFP via Getty Images

Confiscating assets means they can be taken, sold, and used by the EU as opposed to freezing them, which only denies the targeted person access to their assets.

Breaking Russia sanctions is currently a crime in 12 EU nations. In 13 EU countries, it is either a criminal offense or an administrative offense, and two EU members only consider it an administrative offense.

Wednesday’s proposal would make evading Russia sanctions a serious criminal offense in all 27 EU countries. It would mean the EU could confiscate the assets of anyone who helped facilitate the skirting of sanctions, including lawyers and bankers.

Further, according to Reuters, “The new EU law, which has to be unanimously approved by all EU governments and get a majority in the European Parliament, would also penalize those who help break sanctions, like lawyers or bankers working with those who circumvent restrictions.”

The EU is also considering selling off the assets of already-sanctioned individuals, including Russian billionaires, to use the funds for Ukraine.

President Biden is looking for similar power, but the federal government seizing private property without due process is a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment.