This Round Includes US Export Control Sanctions on Trade in Controlled Products and Technology

As anticipated by rumblings over the weekend, early Monday morning, April 28, 2014, the United States (US), Canadian, and European Union (EU) governments announced additional economic and export sanctions on Russia. Russia has not officially replied but past behavior indicates that they will likely respond in kind. In the meantime, companies should continue to evaluate their international business partners and investments, and update their screening efforts to reflect these new developments.  

United States

The US sanctions are as follows:

  • The US Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has added seven Russian government officials, as well as 17 companies with links to Vladimir Putin’s close associates, to the Specially Designated Nationals List. Those designated are listed below.
  • US Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has announced that it:
    • Has added the following entities to the entity list — Stroytransgaz Holding, located in Cyprus; Volga Group, located in Luxembourg and Russia; and Aquanika, Avia Group LLC, Avia Group Nord LLC, CJSC Zest, Sakhatrans LLC, Stroygazmontazh, Stroytransgaz Group, Stroytransgaz LLC, Stroytransgaz-M LLC, Stroytransgaz OJSC, and Transoil, all located in Russia;
    • Will deny pending applications for licenses to export or re-export any high technology item subject to the EAR to Russia or occupied Crimea that contribute to Russia’s military capabilities;
    • Will take actions to revoke any existing export licenses which meet these conditions; and
    • Will review all other pending applications and existing licenses on a case-by-case basis to determine their contribution to Russia's military capabilities.

BIS has indicated that the United States “will continue to adjust its export licensing policies toward Russia as warranted by Russia's actions in Ukraine. We urge Russia to honor the commitments it made in Geneva on April 17 to deescalate the situation in Ukraine.”

We understand that BIS will be issuing additional guidance on these export control sanctions in the coming days. However, BIS will conduct a review of existing licenses to see if they contribute to Russian’s military capabilities. If they conclude this test is met, BIS plans to notify license-holders. Until that time, however, the existing licenses continue to be valid.

Canada

Canada likewise continued to add parties to its list, adding nine individuals, allies of Russian President Putin, and two banks to the list. Canada’s additions are below.

European Union

The EU also imposed sanctions on 15 Russian and Ukranian individuals but no entities on April 29.

New US SDN Designations:

The following individuals have been added to OFAC’s SDN List:

  1. BELAVENCEV, Oleg Evgenyevich (a.k.a. BELAVENTSEV, Oleg); DOB 15 Sep 1949; Russian Presidential Envoy to the Crimean District; Member of the Russian Security Council (individual) [UKRAINE2].
  2. CHEMEZOV, Sergei (a.k.a. CHEMEZOV, Sergey Viktorovich); DOB 20 Aug 1952; POB Cheremkhovo, Irkutsk, Russia (individual) [UKRAINE2].
  3. KOZAK, Dmitry; DOB 07 Nov 1958; POB Kirovograd, Ukraine; Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation (individual) [UKRAINE2].
  4. MUROV, Evgeniy Alekseyevich (a.k.a. MUROV, Evgeny; a.k.a. MUROV, Yevgeniy; a.k.a. MUROV, Yevgeny); DOB 18 Nov 1945; POB Zvenigorod, Moscow, Russia; Director of the Federal Protective Service of the Russian Federation; Army General (individual) [UKRAINE2].
  5. PUSHKOV, Aleksei Konstantinovich (a.k.a. PUSHKOV, Alexei); DOB 10 Aug 1954; Chairman of State Duma Committee on International Affairs (individual) [UKRAINE2].
  6. SECHIN, Igor; DOB 07 Sep 1960; POB St. Petersburg, Russia (individual) [UKRAINE2].
  7. VOLODIN, Vyacheslav; DOB 04 Feb 1964; POB Alexeyevka, Khvalynsk district, Saratov, Russia; First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office (individual) [UKRAINE2].

The following entities have been added to OFAC’s SDN List:

  1. AQUANIKA (a.k.a. AQUANIKA LLC; a.k.a. LLC RUSSKOYE VREMYA; a.k.a. OBSHCHESTVO S OGRANICHENNOI OTVETSTVENNOSTYU RUSSKOE VREMYA; a.k.a. RUSSKOE VREMYA OOO; a.k.a. RUSSKOYE VREMYA LLC), 47A, Sevastopolskiy Ave., of. 304, Moscow 117186, Russia; 1/2 Rodnikovaya ul., Savasleika s., Kulebakski raion, Nizhegorodskaya oblast 607007, Russia; Website http://www.aquanika.com; alt. Website http://aquanikacompany.ru;Email Address office@aquanika.com; Registration ID 1075247000036 [UKRAINE2].
  2. AVIA GROUP LLC (a.k.a. AVIA GROUP LTD), Terminal Aeroport Sheremetyevo Khimki, 141400 Moskovskaya obl., Russia; Website http://www.avia-group.su/ [UKRAINE2].
  3. AVIA GROUP NORD LLC, 17 A, Stratoyava St., Saint Petersburg, Russia; Websitehttp://www.ag-nord.ru [UKRAINE2].
  4. CJSC ZEST (a.k.a. ZEST LEASING), pr. Medikov 5, of. 301, St. Petersburg, Russia; 2 Liter a Pl. Rastrelli, St. Petersburg 191124, Russia; Website http://www.zest-leasing.ru; Registration ID 1027809190507; Government Gazette Number 44323193 [UKRAINE2].
  5. INVESTCAPITALBANK (a.k.a. INVESTKAPITALBANK; a.k.a. OJSC INVESTCAPITALBANK; a.k.a. OPEN JOINT STOCK COMPANY INVESTCAPITALBANK), 100/1, Dostoevskogo Street, Ufa, Bashkortostan Republic 450077, Russia; SWIFT/BIC INAKRU41; Website http://www.investcapitalbank.ru; License 2377 [UKRAINE2].
  6. JSB SOBINBANK (a.k.a. SOBINBANK), 15 Korp. 56 D. 4 Etazh ul. Rochdelskaya, Moscow 123022, Russia; 15/56 Rochdelskaya Street, Moscow 123022, Russia; SWIFT/BIC SBBARUMM; Website http://www.sobinbank.ru; Registration ID 1027739051009; Government Gazette Number 09610355 [UKRAINE2].
  7. SAKHATRANS LLC (a.k.a. OBSHCHESTVO S OGRANICHENNOI OTVETSTVENNOSTYU SAKHA (YAKUTSKAYA) TRANSPORTNAYA KOMPANIYA; a.k.a. SAKHATRANS OOO), 14 ul. Molodezhnaya Rabochi Pos. Vanino, 682860 Vaninski, Raion Khabarovski Krai, Russia [UKRAINE2].
  8. SMP BANK (a.k.a. BANK SEVERNY MORSKOY PUT; a.k.a. SMP BANK OPEN JOINT-STOCK COMPANY), 71/11 Sadovnicheskaya Street, Moscow 115035, Russia; SWIFT/BIC SMBKRUMM; Website www.smpbank.ru; Email Address smpbank@smpbank.ru[UKRAINE2].
  9. STROYGAZMONTAZH (a.k.a. LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY STROYGAZMONTAZH; a.k.a. STROYGAZMONTAZH CORPORATION; a.k.a. "SGM"), 53 prospekt Vernadskogo, Moscow 119415, Russia; Website www.ooosgm.com; alt. Website www.ooosgm.ru; Email Address info@ooosgm.ru [UKRAINE2].
  10. STROYTRANSGAZ GROUP (a.k.a. STROYTRANSGAZ; a.k.a. "STG GROUP"), 3 Begovaya Street, Building #1, Moscow 125284, Russia; Website www.stroytransgaz.ru [UKRAINE2].
  11. STROYTRANSGAZ HOLDING (a.k.a. STG HOLDING LIMITED; a.k.a. STG HOLDINGS LIMITED; a.k.a. STROYTRANSGAZ HOLDING LIMITED; a.k.a. "STGH"), 33 Stasinou Street, Office 2 2003, Nicosia Strovolos, Cyprus [UKRAINE2].
  12. STROYTRANSGAZ LLC (a.k.a. OOO STROYTRANSGAZ), House 65, Novocheremushkinskaya, Moscow 117418, Russia [UKRAINE2].
  13. STROYTRANSGAZ OJSC (a.k.a. OAO STROYTRANSGAZ), House 58, Novocheremushkinskaya St., Moscow 117418, Russia [UKRAINE2].
  14. STROYTRANSGAZ-M LLC, 26th Meeting of the Communist Party Street, House 2V, Novy Urengoy, Tyumenskaya Oblast, Yamalo-Nenetsky Autonomous Region 629305, Russia [UKRAINE2].
  15. THE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY INVESTMENT COMPANY ABROS (a.k.a. LLC IC ABROS), 2 Liter a Pl. Rastrelli, St. Petersburg 191124, Russia; Government Gazette Number 72426791; Telephone: 7812 3358979 [UKRAINE2].
  16. TRANSOIL (a.k.a. LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY TRANSOIL; f.k.a. OBSHCHESTVO S ORGANICHERNNOI OTVETSTVENNOSTYU TRANSOIL; a.k.a. TRANSOIL LLC; a.k.a. TRANSOYL SNG LTD.), 18A Petrogradskaya nab., St. Petersburg 197046, Russia; Website http://www.transoil-spb.ru; alt. Website http://transoil.com; Email Address info@toil.spb.ru; Registration ID 1037835069986 [UKRAINE2].
  17. VOLGA GROUP (a.k.a. VOLGA GROUP INVESTMENTS; f.k.a. VOLGA RESOURCES; f.k.a. VOLGA RESOURCES GROUP), 3, rue de la Reine L-2418, Luxembourg; Russia [UKRAINE2].

New Canadian Designations:

  1. Paragraph 2(a) of the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations1 is replaced by the following:
    1. a person engaged in activities that directly or indirectly facilitate, support, provide funding for or contribute to a violation or attempted violation of the sovereignty or territorial integrity of Ukraine;
  2. Part 1 of the schedule to the Regulations is amended by adding the following after item 32:
    1. Vyaecheslav VOLODIN
    2. Dmitry KOZAK
    3. Aleksey PUSHKOV
    4. Alexander Mikhailovich BABAKOV
    5. Oleg Evgenyevich BELAVENTSEV
    6. Evgeniy Alexsevevich MOROV
    7. Vladimir Volfovich ZHIRINOVSKY
    8. Arkady ROTENBERG
    9. Boris ROTENBERG
  3. Part 2 of the schedule to the Regulations is amended by adding the following after item 1:
    1. ExpoBank
    2. RosEnergoBank

New EU Designations:

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