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Council of the EU sanctions six individuals for engaging in serious human rights violations in Crimea

The individuals listed today include prosecutors and judges active in courts established by Russia’s occupying force in illegally annexed Crimea. They took part in the politically motivated court proceedings against Vladyslav Yesypenko, a journalist who was sentenced…

FinCEN Analysis reveals trends and patterns in Suspicious Activity Potentially tied to evasion of Russia-Related Export Controls

FinCEN issued a Financial Trend Analysis (FTA) on patterns and trends contained in Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) reporting on suspected evasion of Russia-related export controls. The reports analyzed for this FTA were filed in response to previous joint Alerts on this topic…

OFSI uses its new Disclosure Enforcement power for the first time

This power allows OFSI to publish details of financial sanctions breaches, including the person/entity who committed the breaches, where OFSI decides that the breaches are not serious enough to justify a civil monetary penalty. OFSI acquired this power via the Economic Crime…

FCA reviews good and poor practice with respect to firms’ response to increased sanctions due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Identifies examples of both good practice and areas for improvement under 5 key themes: governance and oversight, skills and resources, screening capabilities, Customer Due Diligence (CDD) and Know Your Customer (KYC) procedures, reporting breaches to the FCA.

Treasury designates Roman Semenov, co-founder of sanctioned virtual currency mixer Tornado Cash

Concurrent Treasury sanctions and DOJ indictments hold to account founders of mixing service that laundered stolen virtual assets for North Korea…

US Treasury expands Burma-related sanctions and designates additional jet fuel suppliers in Burma

OFAC designated two individuals and one entity that are involved in the procurement and distribution of jet fuel to Burma’s military regime, and two entities for being owned or controlled by such persons…

 

UK fines UK company £1 million for Russia sanctions violations

The UK Govt announced that a £1 million compound settlement was recently reached with an unnamed UK company for alleged violations of The Russian (Sanction) (EU Exit) Reg 2019. The company was reportedly fined by HMRC for engaging in the unlicensed trade of goods…

UK High Court rejects attempt by British citizen to overturn Russia-related sanctions against him

The UK High Court of Justice rejected British citizen Eugene Shvidler’s attempt to overturn sanctions imposed against him for his association with Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich.  Abramovich, the former owner of Chelsea Football Club and former partial-owner…

US Treasury sanctions two Syria-Based militias responsible for serious human rights abuses in Northern Syria

The Suleiman Shah Brigade and the Hamza Division are being designated pursuant to E.O. 13894 for being responsible for or complicit in, or for having directly or indirectly engaged in, the commission of serious human rights abuses against the Syrian people…

US Treasury sanctions entities Tted to arms deals between North Korea and Russia

As Russia has continued to expend munitions and lose heavy equipment on the battlefield, it has been increasingly forced to turn to its few allies, including the DPRK, to sustain its unprovoked war in Ukraine…

Ukraine creates a database of art linked to sanctions-hit Russians

Corruption agency hopes portal will make it easier for virtuous art market participants to carry out sanctions checks and make it difficult for Russian oligarchs to sell such assets. Western economic sanctions imposed on hundreds of Russian individuals are designed to restrict the ability of those who are profiting…

EU agrees to extend the scope of sanctions on Belarus to fight circumvention

The new measures create a closer alignment of EU sanctions targeting Russia and Belarus and will help to ensure that Russian sanctions cannot be circumvented through Belarus.