Two Russian nationals and nine Russian companies have been given additional sanctioned by the United States government on accusations that they were involved in “malign activities” intended to destabilize the Ukrainian government.
On Thursday the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced the sanctions, which included two individuals and one entity the Federal government alleges to have been engaged in serious human rights abuses as outlined in the Support for the Sovereignty, Integrity, Democracy, and Economic Stability of Ukraine Act of 2014 (SSIDES).
Eight other entities and one other individual were handed additional sanctions due to their alleged involvement on behalf of the Russian government in Crimea in contravention of an executive order codified by the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). An additional individual faces sanctions due to activities that are prohibited due to their involvement with entities and individuals already under sanction by way of a separate executive order.
The designations in question arise principally due to the United States’ refusal to recognize the Russian Federation’s annexation of several areas in Ukraine, including Crimea and parts of Donetsk and Luhansk. Individuals sanctioned under these orders have allegedly committed a litany of human rights abuses, including kidnapping of resistance activists, torture, harassment, and other activities intended or masked as punishment.
The individuals and entities sanctioned under these orders are now subject to significant restrictions regarding property and business interests within the jurisdiction of the United States. Parties sanctioned by OFAC are legally prohibited from exercising rights in property located in the United States, and United States citizens are banned from conducting business with them.
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