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Australia updates its Russian sanctions regime

Australia imposes autonomous sanctions in relation to Russia in response to the Russian threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. These sanctions measures will apply to the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine from 28 March 2022…

Russia personal sanctions against US citizens

In response to the ever-expanding anti-Russian sanctions, under which the Biden Administration brings an increasing number of Russian citizens – both officials and their families, as well as representatives of business circles, scientists and cultural figures…

EU sanctions on illegal annexation of Crimea 

The Council adopted restrictive measures, within the existing sanctions framework, on two more individuals for their role in undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine and for benefitting from Russian decision-makers…

EU on North Korea’s nuclear programme to sanctions list

The Council added 8 individuals and 4 entities to the list of those subject to the restrictive measures against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). These restrictive measures consist of a travel ban, an asset freeze and a prohibition to make funds or economic…

OFAC designates facilitators of Russian sanctions evasion

OFAC designated Russian commercial bank Transkapitalbank and a global network of more than 40 individuals and entities led by U.S.-designated Russian oligarch Konstantin Malofeyev, including organizations whose primary mission is to facilitate sanctions evasion…

US Treasury sanctions notorious Kinahan organized crime group

The Kinahan Organized Crime Group smuggles deadly narcotics, including cocaine, to Europe, and is a threat to the entire licit economy through its role in international money laundering. Criminal groups like the KOCG prey on the most vulnerable in society…

OFSI General License – Russian Banks

OFSI amends General licence INT/2022/1280876, relating to UK subsidiaries of Russian Banks, to include Sberbank CIB (UK) Ltd. A UK subsidiary may make payment for its basic needs including: payment of insurance premiums; payment of reasonable fees for…

EU agrees fifth package of restrictive measures against Russia

The Commission and the EEAS are working on additional proposals for possible sanctions, including on oil imports, and are reflecting on some of the ideas presented by Member States, such as taxes or specific payments channels, such as an escrow account…

Cayman Islands Task force on Russia sanctions

The Cayman Islands Govt has established a joint task force to coordinate, identify, and implement policy amendments to implement the Russia Sanctions. The primary purpose of the task force is to provide centralised discussions and decisions around policy…

US Treasury sanctions on Sberbank & Alfa-Bank

The US is imposing full blocking sanctions on Sberbank, Russia’s largest state-owned bank, and Alfa-Bank, Russia’s largest private bank. Treasury is also targeting family members of President Vladimir Putin (Putin) and Foreign Minster Sergey Lavrov…

US DoJ seizure of $90m yacht of sanctioned Russian oligarch

Spanish law enforcement executed a Spanish court order freezing the Motor Yacht (M/Y) Tango (the Tango), a 255-foot luxury yacht owned by sanctioned Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg. Spanish authorities acted pursuant to a request from the US DoJ for assistance…

FCA statement on suspension of nickel trading on LME

The London Metal Exchange (the LME) suspended nickel trading, having concluded a disorderly market had arisen. The suspension occurred amid challenging commodity market conditions following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine…