Category Archives: Sanctions

FBI Suspects U.S. Firm of Bypassing Sanctions to Ship WMD Tech to Russia – Reports

The FBI and U.S. federal prosecutors are investigating an American company for allegedly bypassing sanctions to supply lab equipment for Russia’s weapons of mass destruction programs, The Daily Beast reported Tuesday, citing newly unsealed documents it said it obtained.  According to the federal court documents, Intertech Corporation allegedly “intentionally falsified shipping documents, avoided and circumvented export compliance regulations, and obfuscated

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US intends to take action against Lukashenko due to closure of border with Ukraine

08:32, 3 July 2021 – 112UA The US promises to hold the government of President Alexander Lukashenko accountable for its actions. The US government is aware of the decision of the Belarusian authorities to close the border with Ukraine and promises to hold the government of President Alexander Lukashenko accountable for its actions. This was announced on Friday by a senior official

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Ukrainian Tycoon’s Lawyer Says Allegations Against His Client Are ‘Wrong’

June 21, 2021 18:17 GMT – By RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service Ukraine’s controversial tycoon Dmytro Firtash has denied the allegations behind Kyiv’s move to impose sanctions on him for selling titanium products that the Ukrainian government believes end up being used by Russian military enterprises. The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, which coordinates security policy, last week announced the sanctions against Firtash, who is

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Putin’s friend Prigozhin asks U.S. Treasury department to lift all sanctions imposed on him

Evgeny Prigozhin, a close associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin, appealed to the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control with a request to lift sanctions imposed on him, announced the press service of Concord Group owned by Prigozhin, TASS reports. “The press service informs that today, June 18, Yevgeny Prigozhin appealed to the Office of Foreign Assets Control

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Russian Billionaire Deripaska loses court case against U.S. Treasury Department to lift sanctions

The U.S. court for the District of Colombia has decided to reject billionaire Oleg Deripaska’s lawsuit against the Department of the Treasury to lift personal sanctions imposed in 2018. Deripaska, formerly Russia’s richest person, will remain on the blacklist of the Office of Foreign Assets Control with a visa ban and blocking of all assets in the U.S., according to a

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Belarus Opposition in Exile Wants Tougher EU Sanctions Against Lukashenko

Activists told The Moscow Times they fear outrage over the forced landing of a plane in Minsk might not spark harsh enough action. Belarusian opposition activists in exile are calling for the EU to ramp up sanctions on President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime after the forced landing of a Ryanair Athens to Vilnius flight and arrest of a dissident journalist onboard.

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Biden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveaway

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during their meeting in Moscow March 10, 2011. Biden is on the second day of an official visit meeting top officials in the Russian capital. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin (RUSSIA – Tags: POLITICS) (Reuters)

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Lukashenko threatens the West with Third World War

Foreign detractors are waging a hybrid war against Belarus, treating it as a testing ground before their “attack on the East”, said self-proclaimed Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko, speaking in the Belarusian parliament. According to him, the real goal of “Western strategists” is Russia, against which “one well-known extremist channel, which was born from Belarusian problems, is already actively working.” “We are on

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Polish president to take part in Crimean Platform Summit – Zelensky

23:50, 03.05.21 – UNIAN The summit is scheduled for August 23, 2021. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda, will take part in the first summit of the Crimean Platform, an international platform designed to facilitate the end of the Russian occupation of Crimea. Zelensky made the comment at a joint briefing on the results of bilateral

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Putin’s people. Is a split brewing in the Russian elite?

The main news of recent days was a lawsuit filed by a group of Russian oligarchs against the American publisher of the book, British journalist Catherine Belton The book is called ” Putin’s people. How the KGB regained Russia and launched an offensive in the West. The plaintiffs were such people as the owner of the Chelsea club Roman Abramovich, co-founder of Alfa

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Lukashenka okays tit-for-tat sanctions against Western countries

Alyaksandr Lukashenka signed Decree Nr128 ‘On the Application of Special Measures’, the press service reported on Tuesday. The document provides for the imposition of economic sanctions by Belarus on the states that introduced restrictions against Belarusian individuals and entities. According to the Belarusian side, the new decree aims at ‘ensuring safeity and protecting the national interests of the state’. It

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U.S. Expands Russia Sanctions Over Navalny Poisoning

The United States has expanded its export restrictions to Russia as part of sanctions over the poisoning of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, the Commerce Department announced Wednesday. The department said that, starting Thursday, its Bureau of Industry and Security will review Russia-bound national security items “under a presumption of denial for exports and re-exports.”  “The Department of Commerce is committed to

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Ukraine to face new threat if Nord Stream 2 launches – Naftogaz CEO

21:00, 01.03.21 – UNIAN Everything must be done to prevent increasing Russian aggression, Kobolyev believes. If Nord Stream 2 is completed and launched, Ukraine’s energy security will be under threat, while revenues from gas transit will be lost; however, the government has prepared for such a scenario, says CEO of National Joint-Stock Company Naftogaz of Ukraine Andriy Kobolyev says. “We’ve

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EU Likely To Approve Sanctions Over Russia Crackdown

European Union foreign ministers are expected to give the go-ahead Monday to sanctions on Russia over the jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and a crackdown on protests. The top diplomats from the 27-nation bloc meet in Brussels for talks that will also include a wide-ranging videoconference with new U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The move to target the Kremlin comes

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Russia Brands Navalny Team ‘Traitors’ for EU Sanctions Push

Russia on Tuesday accused allies of jailed opposition figure Alexei Navalny of treasonous behavior for urging the EU to sanction members of President Vladimir Putin’s circle, including oligarchs and bankers. Navalny’s right-hand man piled fresh pressure on the Kremlin by calling on supporters to stage courtyard protests on Valentine’s Day this Sunday, lighting their phone flashlights for 15 minutes. The

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Reuters: EU to hold off on new Russia sanctions if Navalny released

23:59, 25.01.21 – UNIAN EU leaders could discuss any further steps at a planned summit on March 25-26. The European Union will hold off from imposing fresh sanctions on Russian individuals if the Kremlin releases pro-democracy campaigner Alexei Navalny, EU foreign ministers said on Monday, sending the bloc’s top diplomat to Moscow next week. Reuters reports that despite calls from Baltic

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Dubinsky asks leadership of Servant of People to hold faction’s meeting to consider issue of imposing sanctions against him by U.S.

Ukrainian parliamentarian Oleksandr Dubinsky (Servant of the People faction) insists on immediate holding of the faction’s meeting to consider the issue of imposing sanctions against him by the U.S. Treasury Department, his colleague Oleksandr Kachura said on his Telegram channel on Friday. “I insist on the urgent holding of a meeting of the faction, because in the media and on

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Russia concealing involvement of defense facility in Sputnik-V vaccine development – media

14:25, 06.01.21 – UNIAN Since Soviet times, this Institute has been developing various kinds of biological weapons. Russia is making efforts to conceal the involvement of the 48th Central Research Institute, which is part of the defense ministry, in the development of the Sputnik V vaccine candidate for COVID-19, Ukrainian media reported. The facility is a biological weapons developer that

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U.S. preparing new sanctions to impede Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline – media

14:25, 24.12.20 – UNIAN The outgoing Trump administration is readying a fresh round of congressionally mandated sanctions “in the very near future.” The United States is urging European allies and private companies to halt work that could help build the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline and is preparing wider sanctions on the Russian project in coming weeks, senior Trump

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