MAKING THE CRIMEAN SANCTIONS WORK: WHAT UKRAINE AND THE WEST CAN DO TO INCREASE THE EFFICIENCY OF THE SANCTIONS REGIME
The Crimean package of Western sanctions is supposed to stay in force until Russian troops leave the occupied peninsula. It has had a significant economic impact on Crimea’s economy but has failed to check the continuing militarisation of Crimea as well as human rights and international humanitarian law violations. The package is rather strong; yet, Russia has adapted to the restrictive measures and has learned to bypass some of them. The article argues that the occupation of Crimea has to be viewed in a wider context; violations of the sanctions should be investigated and corrected where necessary, and additional sanctions should be imposed.
Yulia Kazdobina is the Head of the Ukrainian Foundation for Security Studies, an independent think tank specialising in the issues of information policy, information and cyber security, and policy toward occupied Crimea. She has previously worked for the Ukrainian Centre for Independent Political Research as a Crimea analyst and as a political analyst for the US Embassy in Kyiv. Between 2016 and 2019, Kazdobina served as an advisor to the Ukrainian information policy minister on Crimea. She holds a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Rochester and a master’s degree in International and Area Studies from Brigham Young University. Her research interests include countering disinformation and influence operations, and sanctions policy.