The United States Treasury Department announced the listing last week of a Russian firm, a Slovak firm, and two other Russian individuals on allegations that the quartet circumvented sanctions placed on another Russian firm that was listed previously.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said on Tuesday that the firms Vela-Marine Ltd. and Lacno S.R.O., as well as the individuals Marina Igorevna Tsareva and Anton Aleksandrovich Nagibin, are now designated due to their interactions with a previously-listed entity, namely Russian firm Divetechnoservices.
All parties designated in Tuesday’s action are alleged to have helped Divetechnoservices obtain diving systems and various other underwater equipment for several agencies within the Russian government, including the Federal Security Service (FSB), which is also under sanction due to an executive order from late 2016 and an act of Congress earlier this year.
Per OFAC, Lacno aided Divetechnoservices, which was designated in June of this year, attempted to facilitate a $20,000 payment for the firm as well as making future arrangements to purchase equipment via the Slovakian firm. Vela-Marine was also named as facilitating Divetechnoservices’ attempts at circumventing sanctions, but allegations of specific acts were not offered.
Tsareva finds herself designated by OFAC due to allegations that she acted on behalf of both Vela-Marine and Divetechnoservices in her capacity as an import manager. Nagibin is now designated thanks to her position as a Divetechnoservices employee who allegedly aided the firm in avoiding U.S. sanctions.
A designation by OFAC means that the individual or firm so designated is legally unable to assert its rights in property within the jurisdiction of the United States, and United States citizens are legally prohibited from knowingly conducting business with those designated parties.