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German strategy on China sanctions and export controls

Germany released its first China strategy which calls Beijing a “systemic rival” and stresses the need for Europe’s largest economy to reduce economic dependence on its largest trading partner…


US Treasury Sanctions Official Linked to Corruption in Serbia

The designation of Aleksandar Vulin (Vulin) underscores the US determination to hold accountable those engaged in corrupt dealings that further their own political agendas and personal interests at the expense of peace and stability in the Western Balkans. These corrupt…

White House issues notice on the continuation of the national emergency with respect to Hong Kong

The situation with respect to Hong Kong, including recent actions taken by the People’s Republic of China to fundamentally undermine Hong Kong’s autonomy, continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy…

EU Civil Liberties Committee adopts a draft negotiating mandate on violating and circumventing EU sanctions

The law would ensure that EU sanctions are enforced uniformly across member states, with common definitions and dissuasive penalties.

UK Finance requests answers to question on new UK restrictions on legal advisory services

UK Finance have collated a list of questions about the new restrictions on legal advisory services in Regulation 54D (previous post) of the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2023, which has now been sent to the relevant government departments…

EU sanctions: new law to crack down on violations

According to the proposal, violating and circumventing the sanctions should be punishable criminal offences carrying prison sentences of a maximum of five years and fines of up to ten million euro. When companies violate or circumvent sanctions, they should be excluded from public tenders.

US and UK issues joint fact sheet on Russia-related sanctions to support humanitarian aid and food security

The Factsheet will provide additional clarity on Russia-related sanctions and the relevant authorizations, exceptions and public guidance issued by the US and UK. The fact sheet is intended to serve as a guide for humanitarian actors, non-governmental organizations…

OFAC targets Wagner Group revenue sources

OFAC sanctioned four companies and one individual connected to the violent Russian military group PMC Wagner and its founder and owner Yevgeniy Prigozhin, previously sanctioned by the US, the EU, Canada, and the UK. The Wagner Group exploits insecurity around the world…

OFAC enters Settlement Agreement with Swedbank Latvia for $3,430,900 related to apparent violations of Crimea Sanctions

Swedbank Latvia has agreed to remit $3,430,900 to settle its potential civil liability for 386 apparent violations of OFAC’s Crimea sanctions. Throughout 2015 and 2016, a customer of Swedbank Latvia used Swedbank Latvia’s e-banking platform from an internet protocol address…

New UK sanctions legislation allows the government to target Belarus exports

The measures also give the government grounds to prevent designated Belarusian media organisations from spreading propaganda in the UK, including over the internet, as the regime continues to actively facilitate Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and spread false narratives….

OFSI publishes Guidance on license applications for travel

OFSI has published guidance for applicants and potential applicants for OFSI licences relating to travel costs incurred in making their applications (for example, allowing them to attend legal meetings or court hearings). Such applications need to demonstrate that …

EU discusses eleventh package of EU sanctions against Russia

The measures in the package include a ban of ‘shadow’ entities from Russia and third countries that are intentionally circumventing EU sanctions, further restrictions on the import, transport and supply of Russian oil, prohibition to access EU ports and locks…