An overview on new Russian sanctions and export controls issued by the U.S. (OFAC and BIS) and the UK focusing on the Russian financial, military, and LNG industries.

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The latest U.S. foreign aid bill supporting Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan enacted on April 24, 2024 enhances U.S. sanctions and export controls including expanding (1) the statute of limitations for sanctions violations; (2) the President’s authority to coordinate sanctions efforts with the European Union and the United Kingdom; (3) sanctions and export controls on Iran

On March 6, 2024, the Department of Commerce, the Department of the Treasury, and the Department of Justice published a Tri-Seal Compliance Note titled “Obligations of foreign-based persons to comply with U.S. sanctions and export control laws” (the “Note”). The Note stresses that U.S. persons are not the only entities subject to U.S. sanctions and

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

Earlier this week, the U.S. government partially re-implemented certain recently relaxed sanctions against Venezuela. According to a statement released by the United States Department of State on January 30th, the absence of meaningful progress in allowing candidates of the opposition Unitary Platform to stand for office in the upcoming Venezuelan presidential election has

Last Friday, the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Justice, State, and the Treasury issued a joint guidance sheet on Iran’s unmanned aerial vehicles (“UAVs”) program (the “Iran UAV Guidance”). The Iran UAV Guidance highlighted (I) the threat Iran’s UAV program poses; (II) the key items that Iran relies on to expand its UAV program; (III) the

New UK Sanctions: On July 21, 2022, the UK introduced a new tranche of restrictions in the 14th amendment to its Russian Sanctions Regulations.  Several of the new restrictions are detailed below.

The UK prohibited UK persons from directly or indirectly providing accounting services, business and management consulting services, and public relations services to

U.S. General Licenses and Guidance: The Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) issued four general licenses (“GLs”) this week.  In GL6B, OFAC expanded the authorizations in the previous GL 6A to also permit all transactions “related to…the production, manufacturing, sale, or transport of…agricultural equipment”, in addition to the previously-authorized transactions, including transactions relating to

Russia Sanctions: This week the United Kingdom designated several additional individuals, primarily for contributing to the spread of disinformation about Ukraine and promoting Russian actions in Ukraine, or for their affiliation with organizations that have spread disinformation relating to Ukraine, such as SouthFront and NewsFront.  The United Kingdom also designated United World International, an