Recently, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced sanctions, pursuant to Executive Order 14024, against a Mali-based principal administrator and head of a Russian private military company’s paramilitary units. Aside from acting as a key player in Russia’s war against Ukraine, the private military company “has meddled in and destabilized countries in Africa, committing widespread human rights abuses and appropriating natural resources,” OFAC said, noting that the sanctioned individual worked with the Malian government to support incoming paramilitary forces to Mali, including preparing living quarters and arranging meetings with officials from several African nations. The action follows previous sanctions issued against those working with or supporting the private military company’s destabilizing activities, involving human rights abuses, and appropriating natural resources.

As a result of the sanctions, all property and interests in property belonging to the sanctioned persons that are in the U.S. or in the possession or control of U.S. persons are blocked and must be reported to OFAC. Additionally, “any entities that are owned, directly or indirectly, 50 percent or more by one or more blocked persons are also blocked.” U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any dealings involving the property or interests in property of blocked or designated persons, unless authorized by a general or specific OFAC license, or otherwise exempt.