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New UK, EU and US sanctions on Russia

New UK, EU and US Sanctions on Russia and Belarus update as of 6 September 2023

With the rapid expansion of UK, EU and US sanctions on Russia and Belarus in recent weeks - and with more in the regulatory pipeline - we set out:

  1. What's New (to 6 September)
  2. A 5-step checklist for assessing how your activities may be affected
  3. A Sanctions Summary



  • On 31 August, for the first time, OFSI used its powers to disclose a sanctions breach when it does not consider a breach sufficiently serious for a monetary penalty. In June 2022, a cash withdrawal of £250 was made from a business account with Wise Payments Limited held by a company owned or controlled by a person designated under the Russia Regulations.  By permitting the withdrawal, Wise breached the Russia Regulations. OFSI did not consider that Wise’s policy on debit card payments at the time was appropriate but recognised mitigating factors, including the low value of the breach, the voluntary disclosure of the breach, full responses to requests for information, no evidence of deliberate sanctions evasion and the remedial action taken by Wise following the breach.
  • OFSI also added a new Section 10 to its Enforcement and Monetary Penalty Guidance to provide information on OFSI’s disclosure enforcement power, including the circumstances in which OFSI will make a disclosure rather than a monetary penalty, the timing of publication where a disclosure is made and the information which is included in a disclosure. OFSI acquired this power last year via the Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022, and it forms an important part of its expanded enforcement toolkit. OFSI’s intention is to use this power in response to moderately severe breaches, when an administrative warning letter would be too lenient on the facts of the case, but a civil monetary penalty would be disproportionately punitive. It is intended to act as a form of censure and deterrent while also enabling compliance lessons to be available to other companies and individuals.
  • On 23 August, OFSI amended General Licence INT/2022/1875276 to clarify that PJSC MegaFon is a designated person operating in the civilian telecommunications and news media service industry. General Licence INT/2023/3263556 was also amended to make clear that STLC Europe Nine Leasing Limited is covered by the licence.
  • On 22 August, the UK Government announced that an unnamed UK company has been fined £1 million in relation to the unlicensed trade of goods in breach of Russia sanctions (notice).
  • On 18 August, in what was the first sanctions designation appeal in the UK courts, the High Court gave judgment on Eugene Shvidler's appeal against his sanctions designation. The UK designated Mr Shvidler on 24 March 2022 for being associated with a person, Roman Abramovich, who is involved in obtaining a benefit from Russia and for being a director of Evraz PLC, an entity carrying on business in sectors of strategic significance to the Government of Russia. High Court Judge Garnham J rejected the appeal and held that the UK's decision to designate Mr Shvidler was proportionate and non-discriminatory and set out the approach he thought should be taken to those issues in SAMLA appeals.  
  • On 11 August, the UK published a new General Trade Licence (Russia Sanctions – Legal Advisory Services), permitting the direct or indirect provision of legal advisory services in relation to compliance with certain laws or measures, including restrictive measures on or concerning Russia, otherwise prohibited under Regulation 54D of the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. The licence authorises legal advisory services:
    • as to whether an act or a proposed act complies with, or could trigger punitive measures (which includes administrative penalties) in relation to, restrictive measures, including sanctions, export and import control on or controlling Russia or the non-government controlled Ukrainian territory, imposed by any jurisdiction; and/or
    • in relation to, or in connection with, or addressing the risk of punitive measures (which includes administrative penalties) in relation to:
      1. restrictive measures, including sanctions, export or import controls on or concerning Russia or the non-government controlled Ukrainian territory, imposed by any jurisdiction;
      2. any laws of Russia that have as their object or effect the frustration of any laws specified at (i); or
      3. any criminal law imposed by any jurisdiction; and/or
    • where the legal advisory services are provided in relation to the discharge of or compliance with UK statutory or regulatory obligations.
There are various conditions and requirements, including registration of certain details on SPIRE and records requirements. Failure to comply with any conditions may result in the use of the licence being revoked or suspended. The licence came into force on 11 August 2023.

  • On 30 August, a German businessman was reportedly detained for allegedly providing electrical components to Russia that were used to make Orlan-10 drones deployed in the Ukraine war using “sham beneficiary companies” in Dubai and Lithuania.
  • The European Parliamentary Research Service published a briefing note on the proposed directive on the definition of criminal offences and penalties for violations of EU sanctions, outlining:
    • the scope of the offences covered by the proposed directive, namely violations of the restrictions of EU sanctions, conduct intended to circumvent EU sanctions, and breaching conditions under EU sanctions licences;
    • the proposed criminal penalties, namely a threshold of €100,000 to distinguish more serious offences, 1 year imprisonment for conduct intended to circumvent EU sanctions, and 5 years imprisonment for direct violations of EU sanctions; and
    • the proposal that when funds are transferred in order to conceal the violation of EU sanctions, the funds would be considered the proceeds of crime and therefore Member States would be able to confiscate the funds.
Negotiations between the Parliament, Commission, and Council continue on the final drafting of the legislation.
  • On 21 August, the EU-candidate countries of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway aligned themselves with the EU's Belarus designations. The listings include penitentiary officials, judges, prosecutors, criminal investigators, TV presenters and state-owned entities (Press Release).
  • On 31 August, U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued a Temporary Denial Order (TDO) suspending the export privileges of 3 individuals and 4 entities for allegedly being part of a Russia-based illicit procurement network that supplies the Russian military with US-sourced microelectronics. To perpetrate the scheme, the individuals acquired controlled microelectronics from US-based electronics exporters, falsely representing that they were purchasing the items for fire security systems and that the ultimate end users and destinations of the electronics were companies in Cyprus, Latvia, or Tajikistan when in fact the components were destined for Electrocom VPK in Russia, which supplies the Russian military.
  • In a related action, on 11 August, the U.S. Department of Justice charged Arthur Petrov (a dual Russian-German citizen) with, amongst other things, export control violations. Arthur Petrov was arrested in Cyprus on 26 August 2023, and currently remains in custody pending the resolution of extradition proceedings.  
  • On 29 August, OFAC designated 2 entities and 11 individuals that have reportedly played a role in the forced deportation of Ukrainian children from Russia-occupied areas of Ukraine to Russia.
  • On 17 August, OFAC designated 4 FSB operatives allegedly involved in the poisoning of Russian political opponent, Aleksey Navalny, in August 2020. Those sanctioned are Alexey Alexandrovich Alexandrov, Konstantin Kudryavtsev, Ivan Vladimirovich Osipov and Vladimir Alexandrovich Panyaev (Press Release). The Department of State also imposed visa restrictions against the same individuals (Press Release).
  • On 16 August, OFAC designated 3 entities allegedly linked to a sanctions evasion network attempting to support arms deals between Russia and North Korea. Those designated include:
    • Russia-based LLC Verus;
    • Kazakhstan-based Defense Engineering LLP; and
    • Slovakia-based Versor S.R.O.
The entities are controlled by already-designated Slovakian national Ashot Mkrtychev who allegedly organised the planned arms deals between Russia and North Korea (Press Release).
  • On 11 August, OFAC designated 4 Russian individuals and 1 entity linked to financial and investment conglomerate Alfa Group. The Treasury Department said it was targeting four men who have served on Alfa's supervisory board - Petr Olegivich Aven, Mikhail Maratovich Fridman, German Borisovich Khan and Alexey Viktorovich Kuzmichev – and the Russian association of Employers the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, a Russia-based organisation involved in the technology sector (Press Release).


1. Which countries’ sanctions apply to your activities?

The UK, EU, US and other countries’ sanctions typically must be observed if there is a sufficient nexus to confer jurisdiction, that is if:

  • their nationals (individuals) are involved, wherever they are in the world (in the case of US sanctions, this includes US permanent residents/Green Card holders);
  • any part of a transaction is conducted within their territory or airspace; and
  • legal entities incorporated or constituted under their law, including foreign branches are involved; or
  • with respect to US sanctions, if a transaction is conducted in US dollars or clears through the US financial system, or data is routed through servers in the US, or other back office support or facilitation is provided by US persons (including service requests to an equipment supplier).
UK sanctions may also apply to non-UK persons outside the UK if there is a sufficient nexus.  This will depend on the facts of each case but could include:
  • transactions using clearing services in the UK;
  • actions by a local subsidiary of a UK company;
  • actions directed from within the UK; and/or
  • financial products or insurance bought on UK markets but held or used overseas.

Additionally, US ‘secondary sanctions’ may be applied to non-US persons outside the US in the absence of any US nexus if a transaction involves sanctionable conduct that would be prohibited to a US person and that is determined by the US authorities to be a ‘significant’ transaction or otherwise provides material support to a sanctioned party.  Whether a transaction is ‘significant’ is based on a number of open-ended criteria e.g. the size, number and frequency of transactions.
Further, US export control restrictions may apply even if sanctions do not.  For example, US export controls will apply if US-origin goods, software or technology located in a third country are re-exported, regardless of whether a U.S. person is involved in the transaction. 

2. Are any of your business partners subject to an asset freeze?

The UK, EU, US and others have imposed asset freezes (‘blocking sanctions’ in US terms) on most Russian banks and strategic industries (e.g. defence, transport, research, media and aerospace), and senior individuals in the Russian government, state-owned corporations and major businesses, including family members, and they are continuing to add new names to their national lists of such ‘designated persons’.
An asset freeze generally requires those within the scope of the national sanctions, as described at step 1 (above), to:

  • freeze any assets of the designated parties that they may hold and to report these to their authorities;
  • not make any funds or economic resources available to them, directly, indirectly or for their benefit;
In addition, US restrictions go further and in effect also prohibit all transactions with the designated (i.e. listed) party.
The same restrictions also apply to any non-designated entity that is:
  • ‘owned’ by a designated party or parties. The US threshold is 50% or more, while the UK and EU thresholds are ‘more than 50%’. The US and the EU (in guidance) consider the criterion met if the aggregated ownership of two or more designated parties exceeds the threshold. The UK (also in guidance) recognises aggregated ownership only if there is evidence of a joint arrangement between two or more designated parties; or
  • (in the UK/EU, not the US) ‘controlled’ by a designated entity (i.e. able to ensure the affairs of the undesignated entity are conducted in accordance with their wishes, for example through controlling a majority of voting shares or having the right to appoint or remove a majority of the board of directors).

It is often challenging to reach a definitive view of whether this ‘control’ criterion is applicable, for example if a majority shareholder becomes sanctioned and passes some of their shares to unsanctioned family members or to business associates. If you would like assistance on these issues, do get in touch. 
If you do business with Russia or Belarus, you should screen your business partners - banks, suppliers, customers, distributors – against the applicable national sanctions lists and, given the current rapid pace of developments, set up alerts for new designations, in order to be able to identify any relevant new sanctions measures without delay. In some instances, the measures include exceptions or general licences that provide for a wind-down period, but others may have immediate effect. Note that asset freezes on Russian banks may prevent you from receiving or making payments to business partners or to employees.
It should also be noted that, while there are many similarities between the respective national lists, there are also significant differences. For example, a Russian company might be subject to EU sanctions but not to UK or US sanctions. In such cases, it may be possible for UK persons to do business with the Russian company provided that there is no EU nexus (as described in step 1 above), including that any EU nationals are recused.

3. Are any of your activities affected by other financial sanctions?

Short of an asset freeze, sanctions measures may restrict or prohibit:

  • granting new loans or credit (including payment terms);
  • sanctioned banks from clearing payments in certain currencies;
  • dealing in transferable securities and money market instruments issued by sanctioned parties;
  • the size of bank deposits by nationals of sanctioned countries;
  • the access of sanctioned banks to the SWIFT messaging systems; transactions with the Russian Central Bank and certain State-owned enterprises;
  • new investment or acquisitions and the provision of investment services.

The screening of your business partners, including banks, should check for the application of any of these restrictions. However, note that there may be exceptions, grounds for licensing and/or wind-down periods.

4. Are your products or services restricted?  

Trade sanctions may restrict or prohibit:

  • the sale, supply, transfer or export to Russia/Belarus, directly or indirectly, of certain goods and technology beyond those that are normally subject to export controls. This generally includes related financial services, brokering and technical assistance (e.g. repair, maintenance). The restrictions may be focused on only certain designated entities. There may be exceptions, grounds for licensing and/or wind-down periods;
  • the import, purchase, transport or insurance of certain goods or technology from, or originating in, Russia/Belarus – notably including oil - with similar related provisions as those for exports;
  • accounting, tax consulting, business and management consulting, public relations, architectural, engineering, IT consultancy, legal advisory and trusts services;
  • closure or airspace and ports to aircraft and ships;
  • more wide-ranging embargoes on most finance and trade with certain regions (previously Crimea, now extended to the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk);

5. Do you have the right measures in place to mitigate your risks?

Given the evolving and expanding scope of sanctions, have you audited your compliance programmes and contractual commitments to make sure you are mitigating any risks?  For example, have you:

  • Updated your compliance policies and procedures, ensuring they are proportionate and workable?
  • Reviewed your technology infrastructure to support your day-to-day compliance (e.g. with on-boarding clients and service providers or providing IP/geolocation support for your KYC process)?
  • Tailored and updated your training for your compliance leads and others across your business?
  • Reviewed whether your contracts enable you (or the counterparty) to suspend or terminate it without liability or serious risk of challenge, whether through a specific sanctions provision or other clauses such as the material adverse change clause?


We set out below a high-level overview of the current UK, EU and US sanctions in addition to asset freezes (as set out above).
Please note that exceptions, grounds for licensing and wind-down periods often apply to specific sanctions; if you would like an analysis as to the legality of a particular transaction, trade or matter, do get in touch. 


The UK has announced its intention to introduce certain new sanctions measures which it has not yet implemented, including:
  • A ban on the import of all Russian diamonds and all imports of Russian-origin copper, aluminium, and nickel;
  • Restrictions to cut off wealthy Russians’ access to UK banks including a £50,000 limit on bank accounts; and
  • The suspension of the process by which actions taken to manage the orderly failure of Russian banks are recognised under the laws of the UK, in cases where the bank is a sanctioned entity.
 Financial services:
  • A ban on dealing with transferable securities and money market instruments or issuing new loans or credit with a maturity exceeding 30 days to:
    • where issued since 2014, an entity listed in Schedule 2 (including Sberbank, VTB Bank, Gazprombank, VEB, Rosneft, Transneft and Gazprom Neft) or their non-UK subsidiaries;
    • where issued since 1 March 2022, UK subsidiaries of Schedule 2 entities; a “person connected with Russia” (an individual located in or ordinarily resident in Russia, or an entity domiciled, incorporated or constituted under the law of Russia); an entity owned by or acting on behalf/at the direction of such as person; or the Government of Russia;
    • where issued on or after 16 December 2022,  by a person not connected with Russia where the purpose of the loan or credit is to make a new investment in Russia;
  • A ban on UK credit or financial institutions establishing or continuing a correspondent banking relationship with, or processing sterling payments to from or via, a designated person;
  • A ban on financial services for foreign exchange reserve and asset management to the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, the Russian National Wealth Fund and the Ministry of Finance, and persons owned or controlled directly or indirectly by them or acting on their behalf or direction;
  • A ban on new investment, specifically the:
    • direct acquisition of any ownership interest in Russian land and entities connected with Russia;
    • indirect acquisition of any ownership interest in Russian land and entities connected with Russia for the purpose of making funds or economic resources available to, or for the benefit of, persons connected with Russia;
    • direct or indirect acquisition of any ownership interest in entities with a place of business in Russia (which are not persons connected with Russia) for the purpose of making funds or economic resources available (directly or indirectly) to, or for the benefit of, persons connected with Russia;
    • establishment of joint ventures with a person connected with Russia;
    • opening of representative offices and establishing branches and subsidiaries in Russia; and
    • provision of investment services directly related to the above; and
  • Selected Russian banks removed from the SWIFT messaging system.
  • A ban on the export, supply and delivery, and making available of the following goods and technology, and related services, to Russia:
    • military and internal repression items;
    • advanced technology items: dual-use, ‘critical industry’, special materials, quantum computing, aviation, maritime and space;
    • a wide range of items mainly for the manufacturing sector and luxury items;
    • infrastructure-related, energy-related and oil refining items, and jet fuel;
    • sterling or EU denominated banknotes; and
    • the supply and delivery of certain revenue generating goods from Russia to third countries, except those with important humanitarian or civilian use such as certain agricultural and energy-related goods.
  • A ban on the import or acquisition of the following goods and technology consigned from or originating in Russia, as well as related services:
    • oil and oil products, LNG, and coal and coal products;
    • iron and steel items, including of Russian iron and steel goods that have been processed in third countries;
    • a range of materials and manufactured items generating revenue for Russia;
    • gold and gold jewellery; and
    • a 35% tariff on imports of certain goods originating in Russia and Belarus.
  • A ban on the provision of the following services:
    • maritime transport, insurance and other financial services for ships carrying Russian crude oil/refined oil products to or between third countries, unless the crude oil/refined oil products has been sold below a specific price cap;
    • trust services, accounting, business and management consulting, public relations, advertising, architectural, auditing, engineering and IT consultancy and design services to persons connected with Russia;
    • legal advisory services to any person who is not a UK person in relation to any activity which would, if carried out by a UK person or in the UK, contravene UK sanctions on Russia, except legal representation, compliance with UK statutory obligations, whether an act complies with UK sanctions, and work contracted pre-30 June 2023 and completed by 29 September 2023;
    • social media, internet services and app stores are required to block content from RT and Sputnik; and
    • a ban on all Russia-owned or operated aircraft and ships from UK airspace, landings, and ports, and on aviation and shipping technical assistance to, or for the benefit of, designated people/entities.
Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk
  • A ban on:
    • finance and investment;
    • the export, supply and delivery, and making available of the following goods and technology, and related services: military, infrastructure-related goods and tourism services;
    • all imports.
  • Restrictions on dealing with transferable securities or money-market instruments;
  • A ban on providing insurance and re-insurance to the Belarusian Government and Belarusian public bodies and agencies;
  • A ban on the export, supply and delivery, and making available of the following goods and technology, and related services, to Belarus:  military and internal repression; dual-use, critical industry,  quantum computing, advanced materials, certain minerals, oil refining items, luxury goods, banknotes, materials that could be used to produce chemical and biological weapons, and machinery-related goods
  • A ban on the import or acquisition of the following goods and technology consigned from or originating in Belarus, as well as related services: oil products, iron, steel, potash, tobacco, gold, processed gold, gold jewellery, cement, rubber and wood;
  • Ban on Belarusian and other specified ships from entering UK ports, and aircraft from UK airports; and
  • An obligation (subject to criminal penalties and enforced by OFCOM) on social media services, internet access services and application stores to take reasonable steps to prevent users from accessing online content generated by designated persons.


Financial services:
  • Banking:
  • A ban on the provision of SWIFT services to most Russian banks;
  • A ban on transactions with Russia's central bank;
  • A ban on deposits from Russian nationals or legal persons if the total value exceeds 100,000 EUR;
  • A ban on the provision of crypto-asset wallet, account or custody services to Russian persons and residents; and
  • A ban on the sale of banknotes and transferrable securities denominated in any official currencies of the EU member states.
  • Investment:
  • A ban on investment, participation or contribution to projects co-financed by the Russian Direct Investment Fund;
  • Since 18 March 2023, the Russian Regional Development Bank has been subject to a full transactional ban for contracts concluded before 17 December 2022;
  • A ban on providing credit rating services, or access to any subscription services in relation to credit rating activities, to any Russian person, resident, entity or body;
  • A ban on new investments in the Russian energy and mining sectors (except certain metals);
  • A ban on dealing in transferable securities (including crypto-assets), or money-market instruments of any maturity, issued by certain listed Russian entities and on new loans and/or credit to them;
  • A ban on the listing and provision of services in relation to shares of Russian state-owned entities on EU trading venues;
  • A ban on EU central securities depositories services for transferable securities issued after 12 April 2022 to any Russian persons;
  • The Russian Maritime Register of Shipping has been added to the list of state-owned enterprises subject to financial restrictions;
  • The exclusion of all financial support to Russian public bodies;
  • A ban on the export, supply and delivery, and making available of the following goods and technology, and related services, to Russia:
  • military, internal repression, dual-use and advanced technologies including quantum computers, high-end electronics, software, sensitive machinery and transportation;
  • energy industry (except nuclear and energy transport), oil refining, coal and coking coal;
  • aviation, jet fuel and space;
  • luxury goods;
  • maritime navigation; and
  • items which may contribute to Russia’s military, industrial and technological enhancement including coal, certain electronic components, certain machinery components, chemicals and torture goods.
  • The EU's 11th package of sanctions also extended the prohibition for certain sensitive goods (such as advanced technology and aviation-related materials) exported from the EU to third countries, via Russia (intended to address the risks of such goods being diverted while passing through Russia).

  • A ban on the import or acquisition of the following goods and technology consigned from or originating in Russia (as well as related services):
  • oil and refined products. Direct imports of crude oil by pipeline are permitted for the time being but such oil, and products refined from it, may not be transferred to other Member States or third countries. There is an exception for seaborne products that transit Russia but originate in a third country and are owned by non-Russians;
  • coal and other solid fossil fuels;
  • products including: wood, cement, fertilisers, seafood, liquor, iron and steel (including products processed in third countries using iron and steel from Russia), machinery and appliances, wood pulp and paper, cigarettes, plastics, vehicles, textiles, footwear, leather, ceramics, certain machinery components, certain chemical products, cosmetics and elements used in the jewellery industry; bitumen and related materials like asphalt; and synthetic rubber and carbon blacks;
  • Russia-origin gold (including jewellery) if it has been exported from Russia into the EU or to any third country; and
  • A ban on the participation of Russian companies in public procurement in member states.
  • A ban on the provision of the following services:
    • Maritime transport and insurance to ships carrying Russian crude and petroleum crude oil/ refined oil products to third countries, with an exemption for the provision of insurance where the crude oil/ refined oil products has been sold below a specific price cap;
    • listed Russian state-owned broadcasters broadcasting in the EU, and advertising products or services in any content broadcast by these entities;
    • provision of architectural and engineering services, IT consultancy services, legal advisory services, accounting, auditing, bookkeeping or tax consulting services, business and management consulting, public relations, advertising, market research and public opinion polling services, as well as product testing and technical inspection services to the Government of Russia, or entities established in Russia;
    • all transactions with certain state-owned companies including the Russian Maritime Shipping Register; and
  • A ban on EU nationals holding any posts on the governing bodies of any Russian state-owned or controlled legal persons, entities or bodies.
Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson
  • With respect to the occupied areas of the oblasts:
    • an import ban on all goods and related services;
    • restrictions on trade and investment related to certain economic sectors;
    • a prohibition on supplying tourism services; and
    • an export ban on goods and technology suited to the transport, telecommunications, energy or oil, gas and mineral sectors; and a ban on the provision of technical assistance, brokering, construction or engineering services to infrastructure in the regions and within the aforementioned sectors.
  • The closure of  EU airspace to all Russian-owned, Russian registered or Russian-controlled aircraft;
  • A prohibition on providing access to vessels registered under the flag of Russia, Russian-operated vessels or vessels suspected of circumventing EU oil sanctions to EU ports; and
  • A ban on any Russian transportation of goods by road within the EU.
  • A ban on the sale of banknotes and transferrable securities denominated in any official currencies of the EU member states, or to any natural or legal person, entity or body in Belarus;
  • A ban on transactions with the Central Bank of Belarus related to the management of reserves or assets;
  • A block on SWIFT services to Belinvestbank, Belagroprombank, Bank Dabrabyt, the Development Bank of the Republic of Belarus, as well as their Belarusian subsidiaries;
  • Financial and air-traffic sanctions;
  • A ban on the listing of, and provision of services in relation to, shares of Belarus state-owned entities on EU trading venues;
  • A €100,000 cap on deposits from Belarusian nationals, residents, or entities established in Belarus;
  • A ban on the sale of euro-denominated transferable securities issued after 12 April 2022 to Belarusian nationals, residents, or entities established in Belarus;
  • A ban on the provision of services by EU central securities depositories to Belarusian nationals, residents, or entities established in Belarus;
  • A ban on any Belarusian transportation of goods by road within the EU;
  • A ban on the sale, supply, transfer or export, directly or indirectly, to or for use in Belarus and related services of the following goods and technology: military and internal repression, goods and technology suited for use in aviation and the space industry including aircraft engines and drones, firearms and their parts, essential components and ammunition, dual-use and technology and a range of materials, manufactured goods and machinery; and
  • An expansion of existing bans on imports from Belarus into the EU of goods for the following products and related services: tobacco, minerals, wood, cement, iron and steel, rubber, and potash.


Financial services:
  • A ban on all transactions involving the Central Bank of the Russian Federation; the National Wealth Fund of the Russian Federation; and the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation, and dealing in bonds issued by them after 1 March 2022;
  • A ban on dealing in new debt of over 14 days maturity and new equity of strategic entities: Sberbank, AlfaBank, Credit Bank of Moscow, Gazprombank, Russian Agricultural Bank, Gazprom, Gazprom Neft, Transneft, Rostelecom, RusHydro, Alrosa, Sovcomflot, and Russian Railways;
  • Selected Russian banks removed from the SWIFT messaging system;
  • All forms of new investment in Russia, including the formation of joint ventures and all loans for commercial purposes to persons located in Russia;
  • The export, re-export, sale or supply of USD denominated banknotes to the Russian government or any person located in Russia.
  • A ban on the export, supply and delivery, and making available of the following goods and technology, and related services, to Russia:
  • military and dual-use items, and a wide range of advanced technologies, encryption products and software including updates;
  • a wide range of items,  including all of Chapters 84, 85 and 90 of the US HTS (tariff codes), which could contribute to the enhancement of Russian industrial capacities including virtually every kind of machine, engine, electronics device, industrial process equipment, and test/inspection/instrumentation tooling, as well as  goods vehicles, and equipment for refrigeration, elevators, construction, printing, textiles, valves, bearings, seals, electrical, radio, railways and testing; and luxury goods;
  • The expansion of controls on US-origin and foreign-made (non-US) items and direct products of US technology for listed Russian military end use/r and military-intelligence end use/r;
  • A ban on the provision, exportation, or re-exportation, directly or indirectly, of goods, services or technology in support of exploration or production for deepwater, Arctic offshore, or shale projects; and
  • The suspension of general licences issued by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the export of source material, special nuclear material, by-product material and deuterium to Russia.
  • A ban on the import or acquisition of the following goods and technology consigned from or originating in Russia (as well as related services):
    • Russian-origin fish; seafood; alcoholic beverages;
    • non-industrial diamonds; and
    • oil, gas, coal and related products.
  • A ban on the provision of maritime insurance to ships carrying Russian crude oilor/ refined oil products to or between third countries, unless the oil/ refined oil product has been sold below a specific price cap;
  • A ban on Russian aircraft from US airspace and the supply of any US-origin or US-controlled items for use in servicing aircraft operated by certain airlines;
  • A ban on accountancy, corporate formation, management consultancy, and PR services, and, from 18 June, engineering and architecture services; and
  • A ban on US advertising and sales of equipment to Channel One, Russia-1 and NTV.
Donetsk and Luhansk
  • Sanctions on the parts of Donetsk and Luhansk occupied by Russia prohibiting new investment and the import or export of goods, services or technology.
  • Similar bans on exports, imports and investment as apply to Russia.

Fieldfisher's experienced multi-disciplinary sanctions and export control team includes lawyers who have negotiated and drafted EU and UN sanctions regimes in Government and regularly sanctions advice to businesses operating around the world in a wide variety of sectors.  We work closely with US partners to provide coordinated, comprehensive and practical advice to help business understand and manage the impact of sanctions. 

For more information please contact Andrew Hood (Partner, International Trade): +44(0)330 460 6568
* The contents of this notice do not constitute legal advice and are provided for general information purposes only.

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