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  • Russian Court Bans Online Sale of Souvenir Toilet Paper: Depiction Offends Feelings of Religious Believers

    Moscow Times and Vyorstka reported yesterday that a Russian District Court in Moscow has banned the offering on four websites in Russia of souvenir toilet paper imprinted with images of the 1997 version of Russia’s 1000-ruble bills. The court found that the toilet paper “offends the feelings of religious believers” in violation of Article 148 of...

  • EU Imposes Additional Sanctions Against Russia and Belarus

    On 24 June 2024, the Council of the European Union (the “Council”) adopted a new package of economic sanctions against Russia. This 14th package of sanctions introduces a broad range of new prohibitions, including new export and import sanctions, new services restrictions, new sanctions designations and further measures targeting the Russian financial and energy sectors....

  • EU Implements Long-Awaited “14th Round” of Sanctions Against Russia, Further Targeting Circumvention, LNG and the Transportation Sector

    An overview on new Russian sanctions and export controls issued by the European Union, focusing on anti-circumvention measures and the Russian financial, military, and LNG industries. Click here to continue reading the full version of this alert.

  • Commerce Department Bans Kaspersky Software in US

    In the Biden Administration’s continuing effort to reduce the risk of cybersecurity spyware from foreign adversaries, including Russia, the United States Department of Commerce (Commerce) issued a final rule (Rule) on June 16, 2023, entitled “Protecting Americans’ Sensitive Data from Foreign Adversaries” and also amended a previously issued rule (“Securing the Information and Communications...

  • BIS Amends the EAR to Expand Sanctions Against Russia and Belarus and Over 300 New Sanctions Designations

    On June 12, 2024, the US Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) imposed additional export control measures against Russia and Belarus by expanding the scope of items subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) sectoral sanctions. The amendments to the EAR were issued in conjunction with the issuance of sanctions against over...

  • Now Including the Kitchen Sink: Expansion of Export Controls on Russia Adds Restrictions on Low-Level Items and Software

    Last year, we published an update on BIS’s foray into prohibiting EAR99 items for export to Russia and Belarus. We noted (somewhat in jest) that kitchen sinks may one day be added. Well, that day has come. Stainless steel kitchen sinks are officially prohibited for export to Russia and Belarus. In our recent blog article...

  • US Government Imposes New Sanctions and Novel Export Controls Targeting Russian Financial Markets and Circumvention Networks

    On June 12, 2024, the US government announced a broad package of measures aimed at increasing the extent of economic pressure on Russia and curtailing Russian circumvention of US sanctions and export controls. The measures are a joint effort by the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the US Department...

  • U.S. Government Issues New U.S. Sanctions and Export Controls Targeting Russia and Belarus for Continued Aggression Against Ukraine; Update on European Sanctions Developments

    June 18, 2024, Covington Alert On June 12, 2024, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) and the U.S. Commerce Department, Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) issued additional measures to counter Russia’s continued aggression in Ukraine. The measures, announced in advance of the G7 summit in Italy last week, are...

  • OFAC Tightens Russia Sanctions; BIS Cracks Down on Diversion

    On June 12, 2024, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced new measures targeting Russia’s financial infrastructure, including: As we assess the new announcements we will publish additional analysis of the new restrictions as soon as possible.

  • OFAC Tightens Russia Sanctions; BIS Cracks Down on Diversion

    On June 12, 2024, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced new measures targeting Russia’s financial infrastructure, including: As we assess the new announcements we will publish additional analysis of the new restrictions as soon as possible.

  • Potential Seizure of U.S. Assets in Russia

    On May 23, 2024, Russian Presidential Decree No. 442 (the “Decree”), which establishes the framework that will allow the Russian government to seize any U.S. assets in Russia, was signed. This comes just weeks after the U.S. Rebuilding Economic Prosperity and Opportunity for Ukrainians (REPO) Act, which authorizes the President of the United States to...

  • CISA + Partners Issue Alert for Protection of Water Systems, Dams, Energy + Food + Ag

    In response to the growing threat by pro-Russia hacktivists, on May 1, 2023, CISA and other national agency partners issued an Alert to operators of industrial control systems and small-scale operational technology systems in North America and Europe on mitigation techniques for cyber operations to prevent a compromise of industrial control systems, including “Water and...

  • U.S. Tightens Sanctions on Russia, Now Targeting Companies Based in China

    On Wednesday, May 1, 2024, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced that it issued new sanctions on nearly 200 entities and individuals for supporting Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, intensifying U.S. efforts to thwart Russia’s attempts to circumvent Western sanctions. The list includes more than a dozen of companies...

  • CISA + Partners Issue Alert for Protection of Water Systems, Dams, Energy + Food + Ag

    In response to the growing threat by pro-Russia hacktivists, on May 1, 2023, CISA and other national agency partners issued an Alert to operators of industrial control systems and small-scale operational technology systems in North America and Europe on mitigation techniques for cyber operations to prevent a compromise of industrial control systems, including “Water and...

  • CISA + Partners Issue Alert for Protection of Water Systems, Dams, Energy + Food + Ag

    In response to the growing threat by pro-Russia hacktivists, on May 1, 2023, CISA and other national agency partners issued an Alert to operators of industrial control systems and small-scale operational technology systems in North America and Europe on mitigation techniques for cyber operations to prevent a compromise of industrial control systems, including “Water and...

  • New Federal Data Broker Restrictions Signed into Law

    The recent omnibus foreign relations package signed by President Biden on April 24, 2024, includes the Protecting Americans’ Data from Foreign Adversaries Act of 2024 (the Act), a set of sweeping privacy provisions prohibiting data brokers from sharing sensitive personal information with a broad range of entities that may have ties to Russia, China, Iran, and...

  • E(U)xterritoriality of EU Sanctions: The No Russia Clause

    The EU is going extraterritorial, and it is doing so through private contract. It is a pretty neat trick. As a general rule, EU regulations do not apply extraterritorially. This policy is a bit pointed, intended to stand in sharp contradistinction to the U.S. sanctions regulations that are enforced around the world (and for which...

  • Mobilizing Greater Defense Capabilities in Europe: the EU’s Defence Industrial Strategy

    In early March, the EU released its first-ever European Defence Industrial Strategy (EDIS), accompanied by a proposed regulation establishing the European Defence Industry Programme (EDIP). The aim is to boost defence capabilities in Europe through greater and more efficient spending. In particular, the strategy seeks to reverse recent trends, whereby 78% of defence acquisitions by...

  • Insights on Russian Sanctions in The Washington Post

    I recently shared insights on the landscape of U.S. sanctions on Russia for a story in The Washington Post entitled “Why the U.S. Put a $1 Million Bounty on a Russian Yacht’s Alleged Manager.” U.S. authorities offered a $1 million reward for information that would lead to the arrest or conviction of the man they...

  • Disruptive Technology Strike Force: Year in Review

    On February 16, 2023, almost one year after the onset of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine and among increasing scrutiny of broader geopolitical threats to US supply chains, the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the Department of Justice’s National Security Division (NSD) announced the creation of the “Disruptive Technology...

  • New US sanctions target Russia and Russian sanctions evaders in financial, technology, defense, energy, and other sectors

    On February 23, 2024, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), in conjunction with the US State Department, added over 500 entities and individuals to the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (SDN List), and the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced the addition of over...

  • Statutory Instrument: The Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) (Amendment) Regulations 2024

    On 28 February 2024, a statutory instrument (SI) – the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) (Amendment) (Regulations) 2024 – was published on legislation.gov.uk. The SI amends the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019.   The SI was published alongside an explanatory memorandum, which notes that the legislation will ban the import of Russian diamonds processed in...

  • US Government Imposes New Russia Sanctions, Designating Over 500 Parties and Issuing Interagency Russia Business Advisory

    On February 23, 2024, the United States issued a broad set of new Russia-related sanctions and export controls in response to the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the February 16, 2024, death of opposition leader, Aleksey Navalny, in Russian custody. The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Commerce Department’s...

  • The American Front in Russia’s War on Ukraine: DOJ’s “Task Force KleptoCapture” Continues Focus on Operations of Sanctioned Oligarchs

    We previously have blogged on actions taken by the DOJ’s “Task Force KleptoCapture,” an interagency law enforcement task force with a mandate to target sanctioned Russian and pro-Russian oligarchs. While explicitly launched in May 2022 as a direct response to Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the task force’s mission is consistent with the U.S. government’s...

  • OFAC issues Russia-related General License 83A

    On February 20, 2024, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued Russia-related General License (GL) 83A, “Authorizing Certain Transactions Related to Imports of Certain Categories of Fish, Seafood, and Preparations Thereof Prohibited by Executive Order 14068.” On March 11, 2022, President Biden issued EO 14068 to prohibit, among other transactions,...

  • BIS/OFAC Announce New Sanctions and Entity List Designations on Two-Year Anniversary of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

    Feb. 23, 2024–Today, following the death of opposition politician and anti-corruption activist Aleksey Navalny, and after two years of Russia’s unprovoked and unlawful full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) imposed additional export restrictions on 93 entities under 95 entries in Russia and seven other destinations. Sixty-three of the...

  • OFSI Publishes Update on New Russia Sanctions Reporting Requirements

    The UK government introduced new reporting requirements under The Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (“Russia Regulations”) in December 2023, with the goal of strengthening transparency in relation to assets frozen under the regime and assisting HM Treasury’s Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (“OFSI”) to monitor compliance with, and detect evasion of, financial sanctions...

  • Impact of Recent U.S. Secondary Sanctions Authority Targeting Foreign Financial Institutions Supporting Russia’s Military-Industrial Base

    As the second anniversary of the conflict in Ukraine approaches, the United States, the European Union, and the United Kingdom continue to focus on and tighten sanctions against Russia, with a particular emphasis on preventing circumvention and evasion of sanctions.  For example, 2023 ended with several significant regulatory developments, including the EU 12th package of...

  • BIS Amends the EAR To Implement Additional Sanctions Against Russia and Belarus and To Revise Existing Export Controls on Russia, Belarus and Iran

    On January 25, 2024, the US Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published amendments to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) expanding the sanctions against Russia and Belarus through new and revised licensing requirements. The amendments also refined existing export controls on Russia, Belarus and Iran to enhance the effectiveness of, and better...

  • Aleksei Navalny’s Life As An Activist Began As a Blogger

    Not until reading Gaya Gupta’s story The New York Times, this morning, did I know that Aleksei Navalny’s life as an activist began as a blogger. Born on June 4, 1976, to parents who challenged Soviet rule, Navalny grew up to become a beacon of activism against corruption. His journey began with a simple yet...

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