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Russia sanctions Biden, Trudeau, US, Canadian officials

Russia imposed sanctions on President Biden and other top U.S. officials, in a move aimed at restricting travel to Russia in response to “unprecedented sanctions” preventing Russian officials from entering the U.S…

EU adopts fourth package of restrictive measures against Russia 

The EU adopted a fourth package of restrictive measures against Russia in response to its brutal aggression against Ukraine and its people. These sanctions will further ramp up economic pressure on the Kremlin, and undercut its technological base and curtail…

US Sanctions Russians connected to Human Rights Violations 

OFAC designated four individuals and one entity pursuant to the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 (the Russia Magnitsky Act) involved in concealing events surrounding the death of renowned Russian whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky…

OFSI adds 350 entries to the consolidated list

OFSI adds 350 entries to the consolidated list and are now subject to an asset freeze. This sanctions regime is aimed at encouraging Russia to cease actions which destabilise Ukraine, including actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty…

UK Joint Statement on Sanctions & Cryptoassets

OFSI, FCA and BoE joint statement reiterates that all UK financial services firms, including the cryptoasset sector, are expected to play their part in ensuring that sanctions are complied with. It also sets out steps to reduce…

HMT notice in relation to sanctions against Iran 

The Iran (Sanctions) (Nuclear) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (S.I. 2019/461) were made under the Sanctions and AML Act 2018 and provide for the freezing of funds and economic resources of certain persons, entities or…

G7 Statement on the invasion on Ukraine

The G7 countries have imposed expansive restrictive measures that have severely compromised Russia’s economy and financial system, as evidenced by the massive market reactions…

EU launches website in cooperation with Ukraine

As a result of the cooperation with Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada in the field of democracy support, the new website shows how the EU has supported Ukraine since 2014…

US targets Russian Individuals & Entities supporting DPRK Weapons

OFAC sanctioned two individuals and three entities for supporting the DPRK’s ongoing development of its weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and ballistic missile programs in violation of multiple UNSCRs. The DPRK has conducted 11 ballistic missile launches…

OFSI starts blogging about Russia sanctions 

The OFSI added a blog post titled “Russia: What has changed and what do I need to do?” The UK alongside allies across the world, swiftly executed the biggest package of sanctions ever imposed against a G20 nation…

Russia retaliatory sanctions measures & export bans

Russia has hit back at western sanctions for invading Ukraine by imposing export bans on a string of products until the end of 2022. The ban covers exports of telecoms, medical, vehicle, agricultural, and electrical equipment, as well as some forestry products such as timber…

EU sectoral measures targeting Belarus & Russia

EU Council agrees new EU sectoral sanctions targeting Belarus and Russia and clarifies the notion of “transferable securities” so as to clearly include crypto-assets. Furthermore the Council introduced further restrictive…