Work Area: Sanctions

DOJ charges third Vekselberg “enabler” over sanctions breaches

US prosecutors have charged a New York-based Russian with money laundering and sanctions evasion for allegedly helping his “close friend”, a sanctioned oligarch, take care of his US property portfolio.

08 February 2023

Dutch Supreme Court clarifies threshold for criminal sanctions breaches

“It’s a wake-up call to companies to get their act together,” said one lawyer, after the Netherlands’ highest court ruled that an entity doesn’t need to know it’s breaking the law to commit a criminal sanctions breach.

07 February 2023

US court rules Russian oligarch must forfeit $5.4 million

The cash forfeiture is the first such victory for the Justice Department unit tasked with investigating sanctions evasion by Moscow officials and other Kremlin-aligned elites.

06 February 2023

US urges allies to ramp up enforcement of export controls amid Russia-Ukraine war

The call for stricter export controls enforcement follows reports that Russia is attacking Ukrainian civilians with drones built with parts manufactured by US companies.

01 February 2023

First OFSI report on unpunished breaches to come soon

OFSI recently gained powers to disclose details of apparent financial sanctions violations in cases that don’t attract a fine.

01 February 2023

UK law enforcement looks to “squeeze” out sanctions evasion enablers

A senior official at the National Crime Agency said his agency is ramping up pressure on businesses and individuals that are aiding Russian sanctions evasion.

31 January 2023

FinCEN identifies sanctions evasions red flags in real estate deals

The US commercial real estate market is uniquely vulnerable to sanctions evasions because of its relative opacity, according to a recent alert from FinCEN.

26 January 2023

New DOJ policy may lead to more declinations, lawyers say

A December 2022 memo penned by Attorney General Merrick Garland is the latest iteration of what lawyers have described as DOJ leadership’s flip-flopping position on how harsh prosecutors should be in charging decisions.

25 January 2023

Former FBI official arrested for violating sanctions on Deripaska

US authorities arrested a retired FBI agent for providing services to sanctioned Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska in exchange for secret payments.

24 January 2023

DOJ charges businessmen over servicing of Russian oligarch’s yacht

US prosecutors have accused two businessmen of facilitating sanctions evasion by helping a sanctioned Russian “obfuscate” his ownership of a $90 million motor yacht.

23 January 2023

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