Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed sanctions on three entities tied to a sanctions evasion network attempting to support arms deals between Russia and the Democratic …

Republican leaders from the House and Senate wrote Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo urging her to repudiate negotiations with the PRC on Export Controls before her visit to the country later this month. Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) Chair of the House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party,  Rep Michael McCaul (R-TX) Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance, and Rep Young Kim (R-CA) Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Indo-Pacific wrote a letter to Ms. Raimondo after press reports indicated she is considering joining the Chinese government in a "working group" on the topic after her trip to China later this month. 

Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is taking further action related to the Government of Russia’s poisoning of Russian opposition politician Aleksey Navalny three years ago on August 20, 2020.  The State Department is also announcing related sanctions. Today, OFAC sanctioned four Russian nationals, all of whom were involved in the poisoning of Navalny. They were designated pursuant to the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 for having acted as agents of or on behalf of a person in a matter relating to extrajudicial killings, torture, or other gross violations of internationally recognized human rights committed against individuals seeking to expose illegal activity carried out by officials of the Government of the Russian Federation.  

The Treasury Department targeted a major Russian business association for sanctions, along with prominent members of Russia’s financial elite, as well as a Russian business association. The Russian Association of Employers the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs is a Russia-based organization involved in the technology sector of the Russian Federation economy.

Wednesday August 16, the State Department announced sanctions on a number of Russian and Russian-related individuals and entities, including: 75 individuals and 44 entities as well as identified 22 vessels as blocked property, the Deputy Minister of Justice and two others, and 24 Individuals and companies linked to Tobacco Magnate Igor Kaseyev.

he Departments of Commerce, State and Labor have issued a Business Advisory highlighting the growing reputational and financial risks to American businesses and individuals conducting business with companies that have significant ties to South Sudan’s extended transitional government or are controlled by family members of government officials.

All transactions with two sanctioned Burmese banks must have been wound down by August 5, according to the State Department. In June, the United States designated two of Burma’s military regime-controlled banks, Myanma Foreign Trade Bank and Myanma Investment and Commercial Bank.

The Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is issuing Belarus General Licenses authorizing the wind down of transactions with a Byelorussian Steel Works and Airline. The Action includes the addition of a Miami, FL based steel trader and the Minsk Civil Aviation Plant 407, "the leading enterprise in the CIS and the countries of the former USSR in repair, modernization and maintenance of the Yak-40, Yak-42, Yak-52, Tu-134 aircraft of all modifications," according to the company website.

The Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is amending the Mali Sanctions Regulations and reissuing them in their entirety.   This regulatory amendment took effect …

The House of Representatives passed H.R. 1684, the Haiti Criminal Collusion Transparency Act. The bill would require the Secretary of State to submit an annual report to Congress regarding the …

China is providing crucial support for Russia’s war effort in Ukraine by helping the Kremlin evade Western sanctions and is likely supplying Moscow with key technology, according to a new US intelligence report. China has dramatically expanded its purchase of Russian oil, gas and other energy exports since Moscow invaded Ukraine in February last year and used its financial system to allow Russia “to conduct transactions unfettered of Western interdiction,” said the assessment released Thursday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).

  Justice, Commerce and the Treasury Department issued a joint compliance note focusing on the voluntary self-disclosure policies that apply to US sanctions, export controls and other national security laws, including recent updates to some of those policies. The July 26 note marks the second collective effort by the three agencies to inform the private sector about enforcement trends and provide guidance to the business community on compliance with US sanctions and export laws.

Treasury's Office of Foreign Asset Control designated dozens of entities as Washington continues to apply economic pressure on Moscow for it's invation of Ukraine. The July 20 actions address munitions, metals & mining, finance, energy and aerospace technology interests.

Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated  Jordan “Orce” Kamcev, in North Macedonia pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 14033.  Mr. Kamcev has been …

he Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is publishing three web general licenses (GLs) issued in the Syria Sanctions Regulations, Iran Transactions and Sanctions …

Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed sanctions today on Aleksandar Vulin, a high-ranking Serbian official. Vulin has been associated with various illegal activities, including transnational organized crime and drug trafficking. As the Director of Serbia’s Security Information Agency, and former Minister of Defense and Minister of the Interior, Vulin is accused of exploiting his official roles to further Russia's interests in the Western Balkans, negatively affecting the region's stability and security.

The European Union has established an anti-circumvention framework, akin to the United States' "secondary sanctions" system, which potentially empowers the EU to sanction third countries that assist trade with nations under sanctions, including Russia. However, EU officials suggest that this framework may be a diplomatic deterrent more than an immediate plan of action, as the bloc seeks to avoid driving these third-party nations towards Russia and China.

31 C.F.R. § 501.603 of the Reporting, Procedures and Penalties Regulations (RPPR) requires holders of blocked property to provide the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) with a comprehensive list of all blocked property held as of June 30 of the current year by September 30.

OFAC will retire the PIP, DEL, and SDALL.ZIP sanctions list file formats on or about August 15, 2023. OFAC will continue to offer for public download, the XML, CSV, and FF file formats, the ZIP files SDN_XML and SDN_Advanced, and PDF versions for OFAC’s sanctions list(s).

The Council of the European Union has agreed on a negotiating position for a draft directive designed to improve the tracking, identification, freezing, confiscation, and management of criminal assets, While legislation in Washington aims to provide additional aid to Ukraine using assets confiscated from the Central Bank of the Russian Federation and other Russian sovereign assets.

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