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US Treasury sanctions mixer used by the DPRK to launder stolen virtual currency

Sanctions applied to Sinbad.io (Sinbad), a virtual currency mixer that serves as a key money-laundering tool of the OFAC-designated Lazarus Group, a state-sponsored cyber hacking group of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

US Treasury targets large Iranian military financial facilitation networks

Over 20 individuals and entities sanctioned for their involvement in financial facilitation networks for the benefit of Iran’s Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL) and Iranian Armed Forces General Staff (AFGS), and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF).

US Treasury sanctions additional maritime companies, vessels transporting oil sold above the coalition price cap

Sanctions target entities and vessels involved in carrying Russian crude oil above the agreed price cap set by the Price Cap Coalition. The action aims to responsibly diminish oil revenues accessible to the Russian government for financing its invasion of Ukraine, highlighting…

OFAC issues Venezuela-related general licenses and associated FAQs

OFAC issues General License 8M allowing certain transactions involving PdVSA for essential operations or wind-down in Venezuela, and General License 45A for transactions with Consorcio Venezolano de Industrias Aeronáuticas y Servicios Aéreos, S.A…

OFSI amends general license that enables travelling of Russian

OFSI amended General License INT/2022/1839676 related to Russian travel in order to clarify that the license permits UK persons to purchase tickets from Designated Persons (“DPs”) or any Subsidiary for passenger rail and passenger air journeys that originate in, or within, Russia…

US Treasury sanctions notorious Costa Rican narcotics trafficker

Gilbert Hernan de Los Angeles Bell Fernandez (Bell), also known as “Macho Coca”, moves large quantities of cocaine and is known as one of the most violent traffickers in Limón.

US Treasury hardens sanctions with 130 new russian evasion and military-industria

The sanctions extend to disrupt Russia’s domestic industrial base, hindering its attempts to sustain and reinvent its military capabilities, impacting producers, exporters, and importers of key items identified in international sanctions and export controls…

US Treasury imposes third round of sanctions targeting Hamas-affiliated individuals and entities since the October 7 Hamas terrorist attacks on Israel

The action designates key Hamas officials and the mechanisms by which Iran provides support to Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).

OFAC issues guidance to assist agencies providing humanitarian assistance in the Gaza Strip

This guidance to clarify that U.S. sanctions do not stand in the way of legitimate humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people. Donors seeking to support the Palestinian people are encouraged to donate to trusted organisations.

US and UK take coordinated action against Hamas leaders and financiers

This action designates key Hamas officials and the mechanisms by which Iran provides support to Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The designations are coordinated with action by the U.K. and are aimed at protecting the international financial system from abuse by Hamas…

Cyprus to strengthen sanctions controls; data leak shows potential sanctions breaches

The Cyprus government has promised a “zero-tolerance” approach to sanctions violations in response to a report released suggesting that Russian businessmen transferred millions of euros worth of assets in breach of EU sanctions allegedly managed by Cypriot accountants and corporate service providers.

France imposes restrictive measures upon two Hamas leaders

These measures were taken in accordance with Articles L. 562-2 of the Monetary and Financial Code, which authorizes the freezing of assets and prohibits making funds available to those who engage in certain financial crimes, including the financing of terrorist activities…