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OFAC designates Russian companies supporting sanctions evasion through virtual asset services and technology procurement

OFAC sanctioned thirteen entities and two individuals for operating in the financial services and technology sectors of the Russian Federation economy including persons developing or offering services in virtual assets that enable the evasion of U.S. sanctions. Five entities were designated for being owned or controlled by OFAC-designated persons…

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EU Commission updates 19 of its Russia sanctions FAQs on prohibited services

The key points include EU subsidiaries are prohibited from providing prohibited services to Russian parent companies, EU persons can still provide all services that are not prohibited in their capacity as employees of Russian entities, the prohibition applies to non-Russian branches of Russian entities which have no legal personality of their own…

OFSI publishes blog post on staying compliant with financial sanctions in the maritime sector

The blog provides guidance on how to stay compliant with sanctions in the maritime sector: verify the identity of customers, partners, and third party intermediaries, and consider all layers of ownership and control; implement robust compliance policies, conduct ongoing training and awareness programmes and procedures, and invest in technology and screening tools…

OFSI issues new General Licence for the wind down of transactions involving two Turkish shipping companies under the Russia Regulations

OFSI issued General Licence INT/2024/4576632 authorising certain activities relating to two Turkish shipping companies, “Active Denizcilik” and “Beks Ships”, which are each UK asset freeze targets…

U.S Treasury targets network facilitating shipments valued in hundreds of millions for Iranian military

Targets Oceanlink Maritime DMCC for facilitating the shipment of Iranian commodities on behalf of Iran’s Armed Forces General Staff (AFGS) and Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL). OFAC is also identifying 13 vessels managed by Oceanlink Maritime DMCC as blocked property.

UK Govt adds two individuals and one entity to the UK sanctions list under the Cyber regime

The sanctioned organisation, Wuhan Xiaoruizhi Science and Technology Company Ltd, is believed to be operating on behalf of the Chinese Ministry of State Security, acting in support of malicious cyber activity that targeted UK officials, government entities and parliamentarians…

OFSI publishes survey on threats to financial sanctions compliance

OFSI released a survey to gather industry perspectives and invite users to contribute to efforts in strengthening financial sanctions compliance. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and is open until April 12, 2024, at 5pm.

U.S Treasury sanctions financial facilitators and illicit drug traffickers supporting the Syrian regime

OFAC sanctioned 11 individuals and entities supporting the regime of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad through the facilitation of illicit financial transfers and trafficking of illegal drugs, as well as the extraction and export of Syrian commodities. Syria has become the leading producer and exporter of Captagon, a highly addictive amphetamine-type stimulant trafficked illegally throughout the Middle East and Europe…