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  • European Court Says Russia Violated Rights of Krishna Movement, Vaishnavism and Unification Church

    As reported by Courthouse News Service, yesterday in Chamber Judgments, Russia lost two separate freedom of religion cases in the European Court of Human Rights. In Centre of Societies for Krishna Consciousness In Russia and Frolov v. Russia, (ECHR, Nov. 23, 2021), the court held that a hostile description of the Krishna movement in government brochure...

  • Is your Company Sufficiently Diversified?

    Is your company sufficiently diversified? Does it have its eggs in enough baskets? A long time ago, my law firm was known as THE law firm for the Russian Far East. We ate, drank and slept Russia and Russian law. If there was a mining deal, an oil and gas deal, a timber deal or...

  • Russia-Linked REvil Hackers and Their Affiliates Hit with Arrests by the U.S. and International Allies

    On November 8, 2021, law enforcement agencies in both the United States and European Union announced that a series of actions, including a number of arrests, were taken against the Russia-linked ransomware group, “REvil.”

  • Russia-Linked REvil Hackers and Their Affiliates Hit with Arrests by the U.S. and International Allies

    On November 8, 2021, law enforcement agencies in both the United States and European Union announced that a series of actions, including a number of arrests, were taken against the Russia-linked ransomware group, “REvil.”

  • U.S. Technology Company Pays for Unauthorized Exports to Russia

    On September 28, the U.S. Commerce Department, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced that it has imposed a civil penalty fine and denial of export privileges against Vorago Technologies (Vorago) for the unauthorized export of controlled commodities to Russia. Vorago is a U.S. manufacturer of integrated circuits for use in environments with high radiation...

  • What One GC Learned About the Situation in Russia

    In a piece from ACC Docket, Roel Staes, Senior VP and General Counsel of FedEx Express, does a nifty job of laying out his 8 golden rules for effective communication by telling a story about how he broke the first rule: “Do not speak unless you have something to say.” He was a newly minted...

  • Privacy Tip #303 – Russian Hacking Group Targets Gmail Users

    If you think the Russians are only targeting U.S. companies and the defense industry, think again. The cyber war between Russia and the U.S. has escalated since the President threw down the gauntlet on Putin, and the retaliation is to attack Gmail users in the U.S. Yes, Gmail users are part of the war. According...

  • Russia Labels Church of Scientology As "Undesirable" Organization

    As reported by the Moscow Times, last Friday the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation designated the Church of Scientology as non-governmental organizations that are “undesirable” in the territory of the Russian Federation. (Press Release in Russian). The designation applies to both the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises and the Church of Spiritual Technology (L....

  • Online Travel Update: Russian authorities impose antitrust penalty on Booking.com and individual branded properties decided to join Tripadvisor’s subscription service

    Russian Authorities Impose Anti-Trust Penalty on Booking.com(“Booking.com Faces $17.5 Million Competition Fine in Russia,” August 26, 2021 via Skift) (subscription may be required)Russia’s federal antimonopoly service (FAS) announced that it was imposing a $17.5 million dollar fine on Booking.com for its alleged abuse of its market dominant position.  The fine comes nine months after FAS...

  • Oksana Wright Will Be Speaking At XIII ABA Conference on the Resolution of CIS-Related Business Disputes in Moscow, Russia

    International Arbitration and Cross-Border Insolvency – Common Scenarios Encountered by Practitioners   When: September 22, 2021  Hosted By: ABA International Law Section and Russian Arbitration Association People: Oksana G. Wright Location: Radisson Collection Hotel, Moscow 2/1 Kutuzovskiy Avenue Bld. 1, Moscow The conference will be accessible in person and virtually.  You can register here.

  • IPCC Report Underscores Need for Nuclear for Rapid Decarbonization

    The bad news. Right now, gigantic wildfires are burning across Siberia and the Artic Circle that are larger than all the other record-setting fires raging around the world this summer combined. The massive blazes in Russia are fueled by extreme heat waves, unusually high winds, and record-setting droughts attributed to climate change. The Western United...

  • Cybersecurity’s Pearl Harbor Moment: Lessons Learned from the Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Attack

    On May 6, 2021, Colonial Pipeline was attacked by ransomware suspected to have originated in Eastern Europe or Russia, allowing cyber criminals to penetrate a major utility with significant impact on the entire US eastern seaboard’s economy. From the perspective of vulnerability, the Colonial Pipeline attack was a significant wake-up call–a Pearl Harbor moment for cybersecurity. Click here...

  • European Court Says Russia Violated Convention In Refusing To Register Same-Sex Unions

    In Fedotova and Others v. Russia, (ECHR, July 13, 2021), the European Court of Human Rights in a Chamber Judgment held that Russia violated Article 8 (Respect For Private and Family Life) of the European Convention on Human Rights when it refused to register the marriage of same-sex couples. The Court said in part: 49. ...

  • White House Focused on Combating Ransomware

    Ransomware attacks are frequent and escalating as we speak. Double extortion scams are hitting companies at a dizzying pace, and catching companies, large and small, off-guard. U.S. President Joseph Biden warned Russian President Vladimir Putin to knock it off during their first summit [view related post]. Nonetheless, and not surprisingly, the attacks continue, particularly out...

  • Lawmakers Aim to Limit Ransomware Response Options

    Organizations worldwide were busy this weekend after Keyasa, a software provider servicing more than 40,000 organizations, disclosed that it was the victim of a sophisticated cyberattack that is believed to have been orchestrated by REvil, a cybercriminal acting out of Russia. This latest announcement comes on the heels of several high-profile ransomware attacks that have...

  • It May Take a Village: What the REvil Holiday Attack Teaches Us About the Evolving Threat

    Over the 4th of July holiday weekend, an affiliate of the Russia-linked criminal syndicate known as REvil succeeded in executing the single largest global ransomware attack on record with over one million firms affected worldwide. As a result of the intrusion, thousands of companies have reduced or entirely ceased operation. For example: Swedish grocery chain...

  • Petition Summary: Urea Ammonium Nitrate Solutions from Russia and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

    On June 30, 2021, CF Industries Nitrogen, LLC and its subsidiaries, Terra Nitrogen, Limited Partnership and Terra International (Oklahoma) LLC (“Petitioners”), filed a petition for the imposition of antidumping and countervailing duties on imports of certain urea ammonium nitrate solutions from Russia and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. SCOPE OF THE INVESTIGATION The merchandise...

  • European Commission Issues Guidance on the Application of Specific EU Financial Sanctions Provisions

    The European Commission recently issued three Opinions on the interpretation of specific provisions in different EU sanctions frameworks. They cover the notion “making available”, changes to the features of frozen funds as well as the release of frozen funds. Opinion on the notion of “making available” under financial sanctions targeting Russia The Commission issued an...

  • Five Charged in Scheme to Export Thermal Imaging Scopes and Night Vision Goggles to Russia, in Violation of the Arms Export Control Act

    On June 17, 2021, a federal grand jury in Los Angeles from the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California unsealed an indictment that accuses five defendants of having conspired to unlawfully export thermal imaging riflescopes and night-visions goggles to Russia. All five defendants are charged with conspiring to violate the Arms Export...

  • Recently published article on INTERPOL Abuse, including activity by Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Venezuela, and other INTERPOL member countries

    For an in-depth look at INTERPOL abuse, trends, and responsive strategies for practitioners, please see my recently published article in the International Enforcement Law Reporter entitled, “INTERPOL’s Expanding Reach, Use, and Consequences: A Global Survey of Abuse Techniques by Some INTERPOL Member Countries and Effective Response Strategies,” found here.  Many thanks to my co-author, Adriana...

  • CFIUS Mitigation: Mikhail Kokorich and Momentus Inc.

    Status:  Mitigation Acquirer:  Mikhail Kokorich (Russia) Acquired:  Momentus Inc. (US) Value:  US$1.2 billion Industry:  Space On October 7, 2020, Stable Road Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company formed by SRC-NI Holdings, LLC, an affiliate of Stable Road Capital, entered into an agreement to acquire, by way of merger, Momentus Inc., a US commercial space...

  • Five Key Takeaways from President Biden’s Executive Order on Cybersecurity

    Following months of cyber-attacks from nation states, Present Biden issued an executive order that may usher in a new era of the federal government’s approach to cybersecurity. The Executive Order, which the White House has indicated was forthcoming for several weeks now, represents the Biden administration’s first step in taking decisive action to remedy systemic...

  • DOJ Again Charges Crypto “Mixer” Under the BSA and District of Columbia’s Money Transmitters Act

    In Related Case, Federal Court Holds that Bitcoin-to-Bitcoin “Tumbler” Can Represent “Money Transmission” On April 27, IRS CI and FBI Special Agents arrested Roman Sterlingov, a dual citizen of Russia and Sweden, for his alleged role as the founder and operator of Bitcoin Fog, a cryptocurrency “tumbler” or “mixer” aimed at concealing the source of...

  • April 2021 Trade Law Update

    In Husch Blackwell’s April 2021 Trade Law Newsletter, you’ll learn about the following updates in international trade and supply chain law: Court of International Trade declared Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum “derivatives” under Proclamation 9980 invalid as contrary to law The Biden Administration imposed new sanctions on Russia and established a framework for future expansion...

  • How a traffic stop in Russia or Syria could result in an INTERPOL Red Notice being detected

    This week, I received a post idea from Rutsel Silvestre J. Martha, of Lindeborg Counsellors at Law. Mr. Martha is a highly respected expert on international law and his 2010 book, The Legal Foundations of INTERPOL, was one of my earliest sources of instruction regarding all things INTERPOL when I began this area of practice over...

  • Biden Administration Expands Russia Sanctions

    On April 15, 2021, the US announced a marked expansion of sanctions against Russia and President Biden issued a new Executive Order authorizing the imposition of yet more sanctions. The sanctions include restrictions on certain transactions involving Russian sovereign debt, as well as the designation of 46 individuals and entities implicated in Russia’s annexation of Crimea, foreign...

  • Biden Administration Imposes New Russia Sanctions and Establishes Framework for Future Expansion of Russian Sanctions Regime

    Recently, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) sanctioned various individuals and entities connected to Russia’s technology sector and also expanded sanctions against dealings in Russian sovereign debt.  In addition to these immediate actions, President Biden also issued a new Executive Order which will significantly expand OFAC’s authority to impose future...

  • President Biden Imposes Additional Sanctions on Russia

    On April 15, 2021, the United States unveiled a sweeping series of additional sanctions on Russia, marking the first major Russia-related sanctions development of the Biden Administration and the most material such U.S. action in several years.  The actions were spearheaded by President Biden’s issuance of an as-yet-unnumbered Executive Order (the “EO”) that grants the Department of...

  • US government announces sweeping sanctions against Russia

    On April 15, 2021, President Joe Biden signed a new Executive Order, “Blocking Property with Respect to Specified Harmful Foreign Activities of the Government of the Russian Federation,” which authorizes new sanctions against Russia. The newly imposed sanctions represent a significant escalation and addition to the sanctions architecture put in place by the Obama and Trump...

  • New Russia Sanctions Focused on the Technology Sector and Sovereign Debt Markets

    On April 15, 2021, the White House and the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) announced a package of economic sanctions targeting Russia, including expansive new legal authorities that would allow for the imposition of additional future sanctions on Russia in the technology sector and on Russian government bodies.  OFAC...

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