Exhausting Russian Resources by Sanctioning Western Software

Despite the Kremlin’s attempts to reduce reliance on Western software for crucial systems, this transition is advancing slowly, presenting significant opportunities to hinder Russia’s military effectiveness and economic activities. Read on for more information on the current role of Western technology and guidance for governments and companies formulating sanctions proposals.

Evading Export Controls – Russia’s Key to Success

Russia has used third-party intermediaries to evade sanctions and export controls for years and has disguised the involvement of SDNs or sanctioned entities in transactions to obscure the true identities of end users. This activity has increased since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022 due to Russia’s need for military equipment.

How to Avoid Becoming an Unwitting Facilitator of Russian Sanctions Evasion

What steps can organizations take to avoid becoming unwitting suppliers of critical components and tools for the Russian military?

The Importance of a Sanctions Compliance Program – Top 5 Mitigating Measures Highlighted by OFAC in 2023

OFAC in 2023 reached settlements with 17 companies, collecting more than $1.5 billion in penalties. Mitigating factors can help reduce the severity of penalties imposed by OFAC for sanctions violations and often involve significant remedial measures and enhancements to a company’s sanctions compliance program.

A Timeline of US, EU, and UK Sanctions on Russia in 2023

The United States, United Kingdom, and European Union, among others, have increased their focus on enforcement, updated sanctions lists and export controls to limit Russia’s access to sensitive technologies, and taken steps to punish illicit actors assisting Russia. Explore a list of the various sanctions imposed by the United states, EU, and UK in 2023.

Biden Signs Executive Order Targeting Foreign Banks Supporting Russia

US President Joe Biden on December 22, 2023, signed an executive order to authorize the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to designate foreign financial institutions that help Russia’s defense industry, as Moscow’s war against Ukraine approaches its two-year anniversary.

Binance Settles with Regulators

Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, on November 21st pleaded guilty and agreed to pay more than $4.3 billion to resolve the US Justice Department’s investigation into its violations of the Bank..

Partial Sanctions Relief for Venezuela

On October 18, 2023, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) issued six general licenses authorizing categories of transactions that were previously prohibited under the U.S. sanctions program against Venezuela.