Canada imposes new sanctions on individuals and entities involved in illegal annexation of Crimea

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March 29, 2021 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced new sanctions against 2 individuals and 4 entities, under the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations and the Special Economic Measures (Ukraine) Regulations, in response to Russia’s illegal occupation and annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

Since its illegal occupation and annexation of Crimea in 2014, the Government of Russia has continuously violated the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine. Russia has subjected those living in Crimea to significant human rights violations and abuses. It has also built up its military on the peninsula and settled hundreds of thousands of Russian citizens in Crimea, and it continues to destroy the historical heritage of the Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar peoples. Canada deplores in the strongest possible terms the serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law that continue persistently in Crimea under the Russian occupation. 

Today’s announcement supports Canada’s unwavering commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and its people, who continue to forcefully advocate for their rights against Russia’s aggressive actions. Canada continues to call on Russia to cease its illegal occupation and to release all political prisoners who have been unlawfully detained.

Our new measures align with actions taken by the European Union and the United Kingdom, and are being announced in coordination with Australia and adds to previously imposed sanctions. 


“For 7 consecutive years, Russia has systematically ignored calls from the international community to end its violations of Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and international law. The people of Ukraine deserve a better future, one that they can build themselves, free of interference by Russia. That is why we are taking action today, and we stand ready to take further measures with our allies and partners as required.”

- Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick facts

  • Since Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014, Canada has sanctioned more than 440 individuals and entities, many in coordination with our allies. Canada’s sanctions impose asset freezes and dealings prohibitions.

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