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Blocking of bank accounts.

By the Resolution of the National Bank of Ukraine № 699 of 3 November 2014 everyone who had registered the place of residence (in common parlance – registration) in Crimea and Sevastopol, as well as enterprises registered in this territory, were equated to non-residents. This greatly limited the access of Crimean residents to banking services. In December 2014, the resolution was supplemented by a norm which expressly envisaged the suspension of transactions on such accounts, the need for renewal of the bank account, and so forth. This situation is a clear interference with the property right. In addition, in this case there is also a reason to assume the existence of discrimination based on place of residence, when the possibility to esercise the right depends on the passport endorsement. Paragraph 1 of the Resolution was cancelled by the Decree of Kiev Administrative Court of Appeal of 1 September 2015 on the case № 826/17587/14. As a result it became impossible to apply the above mentioned restrictions. However, in practice, some banking institutions continue to operate as if the Resolution remained in force. Since at this stage of the involvement of the state in violation of the law is virtually unprovable (regulation has been repealed), it is required to resort to appeal the actions of specific banks in order to protect the rights.

Other cases of interference with the property right can be :

  • the ban for foreigners to own the property (for example, in relation to land or media resources);
  • the situation when regulations and standards that prevent the possibility to own the property extend to the territory of Crimea (for example, in the case of ownership of real estate in the coastal strip, when the width of this strip increases and the existing property becomes “beyond the law”, if it limits the possibility of property disposal) ;
  • demand to pay customs duties while importing into the territory of the peninsula or exporting out of it the property acquired prior to the occupation ;
  • termination of the property right for the weapon or self-protection means, possession of which is permitted in accordance with Ukrainian legislation, but which are prohibited for civil turnover by Russian legislation;
  • inability to finish the initiated privatization;
  • the loss of ownership of the property owned by legal entities, which have not passed the procedure of re-registration under the laws of the Russian Federation, etc.

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