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New U.S. Russia sanctions widen scope, adding 500 new targets

Extensive sanctions list quickly expanded after Navalny's death
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Portrait of late Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who died last week in a Russian Arctic prison

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The U.S. State Department released a comprehensive list of new sanctions measures on February 23, clearly the culmination of months of preparation in order to be announced at the two-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. These sanctions measures were further bolstered by the last-minute addition of officials from the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia immediately after the death of opposition leader Aleksey Navalny in Penal Colony IK-3 was confirmed.

The new State Department measures were coordinated with the U.S. Treasury Department, which issued a set of about 300 enterprise-focused sanctions around the world through its Office of Foreign Assets Control.  See: https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/jy2117

All of these packages were further coordinated within the broader G-7 framework for announcement by all parties (EU, UK, Japan) in connection with the two-year invasion anniversary.

New U.S. measures are designed to constrain Russia’s future energy and minerals production, and to target individuals and entities working to circumvent and evade international sanctions, including Cyprus-based shipping firms and other producers based within NATO allies such as Turkey.

The new measures also target a number of firms in third countries that provide direct support to Russia’s defense sector.

Many critics nevertheless believe U.S. efforts on this front amount to insufficient pressure on countries that host or otherwise enable sanctions evaders.  Others argue that long-frozen Russian assets should be converted into assistance for Ukrainian recovery and reconstruction, an issue not addressed in the new packages.

We reproduce the full announcement text below — unfortunately somewhat larger than most will be able to absorb in one reading:

RESPONDING TO TWO YEARS OF RUSSIA’S FULL-SCALE WAR ON UKRAINE AND NAVALNY’S DEATH

Following Russia’s two years of unprovoked full-scale war, the death of opposition politician and anticorruption activist Aleksey Navalny, and a decade of aggression against Ukraine, the United States is sanctioning more than 500 individuals and entities in Russia and globally. There is a clear link between Russia’s authoritarianism, its domestic crackdown on dissent, and its aggression abroad. Today, we are imposing additional costs on Russia for both its internal repression and foreign aggression.

The Department of State is sanctioning three individuals in connection with the death of Navalny in Russian Penal Colony IK-3: the prison warden, regional prison head, and deputy director of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia. In addition, the Department is imposing sanctions on more than 250 entities and individuals, including those engaged in sanctions evasion and circumvention, and those bolstering Russia’s future energy and metals and mining production.

Along with these actions, the Department is sanctioning several individuals to promote accountability for acts supporting Russia’s war, including by those involved in the unlawful transfer and/or deportation of Ukrainian children. Today’s financial sanctions targets are being designated pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 14024, as amended, which authorizes sanctions with respect to specified harmful foreign activities of the Government of the Russian Federation.

The Department is also taking steps to impose visa restrictions on Russian Federation-installed purported authorities involved in human rights abuses in connection with the transfer, deportation and confinement of Ukrainian children.

Additionally, the U.S. government is issuing a business advisory to assist companies in making informed decisions regarding the risks of conducting business in Russia.

PROMOTING ACCOUNTABILITY FOR INDIVIDUALS INVOLVED IN THE DEATH OF ALEKSEY NAVALNY

The Department is designating the following three individuals connected to the death of Aleksey Navalny pursuant to section 1(a)(iii)(A) for being or having been a leader, official, senior executive officer, or member of the board of directors of the Government of the Russian Federation:

  • VALERIY GENNADEVICH BOYARINEV (BOYARINEV) is the Deputy Director of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia, which includes oversight of Penal Colony IK-3. BOYARINEV reportedly instructed prison staff to exert harsher treatment on Aleksey Navalny while he was in detention. Following Navalny’s death, BOYARINEV was promoted to “Colonel General” by decree of Vladimir Putin.
  • IGOR BORISOVICH RAKITIN (RAKITIN) and VADIM KONSTANTINOVICH KALININ (KALININ) are officials in the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia. RAKITIN is the overall head of the Federal Penitentiary Service of1322 Russia for the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Region, in which Penal Colony IK-3 is located. KALININ is the warden of Penal Colony IK-3.

CONSTRAINING RUSSIA’S FUTURE ENERGY PRODUCTION AND EXPORTS

Further Sanctions on Entities Involved in the Arctic LNG 2 Project

The Department continues to designate entities involved in the development of Russia’s future energy production and export capacity. Today, the Department is designating two major entities involved in the financing and construction of highly specialized liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers designed specifically for Limited Liability Company Arctic LNG 2 (LLC Arctic LNG 2), the operator of the Arctic LNG 2 project, as well as several other entities involved in Arctic LNG 2 and other future energy projects in Russia. Construction and development of the Arctic LNG 2 Project has relied on foreign service companies’ expertise and technology to significantly expand Russia’s future LNG export capacity.

Novatek’s Arctic LNG project.

These actions follow the Department of State’s designation of LLC Arctic LNG 2 in November 2023, as well as multiple other entities involved in the development of the Arctic LNG 2 project. These designations have already produced delays in the project exports and resulted in significant increases in the project’s construction costs. Today’s actions demonstrate the United States’ continued commitment and resolve to constrain the Arctic LNG 2 project’s production and export capacity.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i) the following entity is being designated for operating or having operated in the manufacturing sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY SHIPBUILDING COMPLEX ZVEZDA is a Russia-based shipbuilding company that is involved in the construction of up to 15 highly specialized LNG tankers intended for use in support of Arctic LNG 2 exports.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entity is being designated for operating or having operated in the marine sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY MODERN MARINE ARCTIC TRANSPORT SPG (SMART LNG) is a Russia-based joint venture to lease new ice-class LNG carriers in support of Arctic LNG 2 exports.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entity is being designated for operating or having operated in the construction sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY NOVATEK MURMANSK (NOVATEK MURMANSK) is a Russia-based civil engineering construction company. NOVATEK MURMANSK, also known as the Belokamenka shipyard, is involved in the assembly of the gravity-based structures and LNG production lines for the Arctic LNG 2 project.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(vii), the following entities are being designated for being owned or controlled by, or having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, the Government of the Russian Federation:

  • AZORIA SHIPPING COMPANY LIMITED (AZORIA SHIPPING COMPANY) is a Cyprus-based shipping company intended to acquire a vessel supporting exports from the Arctic LNG 2 project. AZORIA SHIPPING COMPANY‘s global ultimate parent is Joint Stock Company Sovcomflot, a Russian state-owned enterprise.
  • ELIXON SHIPPING COMPANY LIMITED (ELIXON SHIPPING COMPANY) is a Cyprus-based shipping company intended to acquire a vessel supporting exports from the Arctic LNG 2 project. ELIXON SHIPPING COMPANY‘s global ultimate parent is Joint Stock Company Sovcomflot, a Russian state-owned enterprise.
  • GLORINA SHIPPING COMPANY LIMITED (GLORINA SHIPPING COMPANY) is a Cyprus-based shipping company intended to acquire a vessel supporting exports from the Arctic LNG 2 project. GLORINA SHIPPING COMPANY‘s global ultimate parent is Joint Stock Company Sovcomflot, a Russian state-owned enterprise.

Targeting Other Russian Future Energy Projects

The Department is also taking action against entities involved in other Russian future energy projects.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entity is being designated for operating or having operated in the construction sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY GLOBALTEK was established in 2019 to implement and develop the future Yakutia Gas Project.

The Department is designating an additional two entities involved in the development and operation of Russia’s Ust-Luga LNG terminal. These actions follow previous sanctions against entities involved in the development of the Ust-Luga LNG terminal.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entity is being designated for operating or having operated in the construction sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • OOO RUSKHIMALYANS (RUSKHIMALYANS) is a Russia-based joint-venture company building an LNG complex at the Baltic Sea port of Ust-Luga. RUSKHIMALYANS is also the LNG project’s operator.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entity is being designated for operating or having operated in the transportation sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY NEW COMMUNAL TECHNOLOGIES (NKT) is a subsidiary of RUSKHIMALYANS and is involved in transportation services and cargo handling on behalf of RUSKHIMALYANS.

Targeting a Major Russian State-Owned Enterprise Supporting Future Energy Projects

The Department is targeting a significant geological exploration company wholly owned by the Government of the Russian Federation. JSC ROSGEOLOGIA (ROSGEO) is a Russian state-owned multidisciplinary geological holding company, which provides geological exploration services. Within Russia, ROSGEO and its subsidiaries perform a range of geophysical services in the search and exploration of oil and gas fields. ROSGEO is being designated pursuant to section 1(a)(vii) for being owned or controlled by, or having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, the Government of the Russian Federation.

ROSGEO performs similar operations for hydrocarbon and solid mineral exploration in over a dozen countries, primarily through two subsidiaries, YUZHMORGEOLOGIYA AO and ZARUBEZHGEOLOGIYA AO (ZARUBEZHGEOLOGIYA). YUZHMORGEOLOGIYA AO and ZARUBEZHGEOLOGIA are being designated pursuant to section 1(a)(i) for operating or having operated in the engineering sector of the Russian Federation economy.

  • The following vessels are being identified as property in which YUZHMORGEOLOGIYA AO has an interest: YUZHMORGEOLOGIYA and GELENDZHIK are research vessels operated by YUZHMORGEOLOGIYA AO for the purpose of geophysical exploration and are ultimately managed by ROSEGO.

The following entities affiliated with ROSGEO are engaged in activities such as surveying, industrial engineering, and providing engineering-related services in Russia. All eight entities are being designated pursuant to section 1(a)(i) for operating or having operated in the engineering sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • NPTS NEDRA AO
  • IRKUTSKGEOFIZIKA AO
  • SEVERO VOSTOCHNOE PGO AO
  • SEVERO KAVKAZSKOE PGO AO
  • SIBIRSKOE PGO AO
  • CHELYABINSKGEOSEMKA AO
  • DALNEVOSTOCHNOE PGO AO
  • DALMORNEFTEGEOFIZIKA AO

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entity is being designated for operating or having operated in the architecture sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • TSENTRALNOE PGO PAO (TSENTRALNOE PGO) is owned by ROSGEO. TSENTRALNOE PGO provides architectural, engineering, and related services for geological exploration projects in Russia.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following two entities are being designated for operating or having operated in the manufacturing sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • TULSKOE NIGP AO and VNIGRI GEOLOGORAZVEDKA AO are both ultimately owned or managed by ROSGEO. Both entities are engaged in the manufacture of geophysical and mining equipment

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following two entities are being designated for operating or having operated in the metals and mining sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • TSENTRKVARTS PAO is managed by ROSGEO and is involved in geophysical exploration work for projects in Russia.
  • SEVERO ZAPADNOE PGO AO is owned by ROSGEO. SEVERO ZAPADNOE PGO AO is engaged in mineral exploration and mining activities.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entity is being designated for operating or having operated in the engineering sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • SEVMORNEFTEGEOFIZIKA AO (SMNG) is managed by ROSGEO. SMNG is involved in geophysical exploration and marine exploratory drilling in Russia, as well as for international projects on behalf of the Russian government.

The following vessels are being identified as property in which SMNG has an interest. The following five vessels are survey and research vessels used for the purpose of geophysical exploration and are ultimately managed by ROSGEO:

  • AKADEMIK PRIMAKOV
  • PROFESSOR LOGACHEV
  • AKADEMIK LAZEREV
  • AKADEMIK NEMCHINOV
  • PROFESSOR RYABINKIN

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entity is being designated for operating or having operated in the engineering sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • JSC POLAR MARINE GEOSURVEY EXPEDITION (PMGRE) is engaged in mineral exploration and prospecting, and is managed by ROSGEO.
    • The AKADEMIK ALEKSANDR KARPINSKIY is being identified as property in which PMGRE has an interest. AKADEMIK ALEKSANDR KARPINSKIYis a survey and research vessel operated by PMGRE for the purpose of geophysical exploration and is ultimately managed by ROSGEO.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following three entities are being designated for operating or having operated in the engineering sector of the Russian Federation economy. These three entities are engaged in scientific engineering research, and are all managed by ROSGEO:

  • VNIGRIUGOL AO
  • VNIIZARUBEZHGEOLOGIYA VZG AO
  • AMIGE AO (AMIGE)
    • The BAVENIT is being identified as property in which AMIGE has an interest. BAVENITis a survey and research vessel operated by AMIGE for the purpose of geophysical exploration and is ultimately managed by ROSGEO.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entity is being designated for operating or having operated in the metals and mining sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • URANGEOLOGORAZVEDKA AO (URANGEO) is managed by ROSGEO. URANGEO provides drilling services and related support for geological exploration projects in Russia.

Continued Pressure on Rosatom Subsidiaries

This is the sixth Russia sanctions action that includes designations of State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom (Rosatom) subsidiaries. These targets include Rosatom entities supporting Russia’s development of the Arctic region, future business development, and an enterprise of Russia’s nuclear weapons complex.

A laboratory of INNOHUB, a subsidiary of Rosatom.

The Department is designating the following entities pursuant to section 1(a)(vii) for being owned or controlled by, or having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, the Government of the Russian Federation:

  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY RUSATOM ARCTIC (RUSATOM ARCTIC) is a subsidiary of Rosatom that was established in 2023 to aid in Russia’s development of the Arctic region.
  • INNOVATION HUB LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (INNOHUB) is a subsidiary of Rosatom that serves as Rosatom’s business accelerator and includes an investment portfolio, a project office, and a research and development center.
  • FEDERAL STATE UNITARY ENTERPRISE ALEXANDROV RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (ALEXANDROV RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY) is a subsidiary of Rosatom described as being a key enterprise of the nuclear weapons complex and involved in designing, testing, and supporting nuclear power and naval propulsion reactors, including for Russian submarines.

DISRUPTING SANCTIONS EVASION AND BACKFILLING EFFORTS

The Department continues to disrupt the networks and channels through which Russia attempts to procure technology and equipment from third countries to support its war effort. Specifically, these designations target producers, exporters, and importers of items critical to Russia’s defense-industrial base, including common high-priority items identified by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security, alongside the EU, UK, and Japan. Entities based in the PRC, Türkiye, and the United Arab Emirates, among other countries, continue to send these items and other important dual-use goods to Russia, including critical components that Russia relies on for its weapons systems. Many of these procured components also include U.S.-origin aviation parts from top U.S. manufacturers. Russia has continued to leverage sanctions evasion and circumvention networks to procure aviation and microelectronic components in an effort to sustain its military industrial base and aviation industry, to include expropriated U.S. and European aircraft.

Targeting a Pathway for Microelectronics Imports to Russia

The Department is designating the following entity pursuant to section 1(a)(i) for operating or having operated in the electronics sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY PARTNERSHIP DA GROUP 22 (DA GROUP 22) is a Kazakhstan-based company that is receiving common high-priority items from Germany-based company, ELIX ST LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, and is sending common high-priority items to Russia-based company LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY STEK. The end users of these common high-priority items include the Russian military and Russian space and defense manufacturers.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(vi)(B), the following entity is being designated for having materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of DA GROUP 22, a person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to the Order:

  • ELIX ST LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (ELIX ST) is a Germany-based company that has supplied common high-priority items to Kazakhstan-based company, DA GROUP 22.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(iii)(C), the following individual is being designated for being or having been a leader, official, senior executive officer, or member of the board of directors of ELIX ST:

  • YELENA LVOVNA CHERNET is the Managing Director of ELIX ST.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entities are being designated for operating or having operated in the electronics sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY STEK (STEK) is a Russia-based company involved in the production of electrical wiring works. STEK is receiving common high-priority items from DA GROUP 22.
  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY SET 1 (SET 1) is a Russia-based company involved in the production of radio and television-transmission apparatuses. SET 1 uses microelectronic imports from STEK to develop products for the Russian military.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entity and individual are being designated for operating or having operated in the manufacturing sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY ELIKS M (ELIKS M) is a Russia-based company involved primarily in the wholesale distribution of industrial machinery and equipment. ELIKS M clients include various Russian defense companies.
  • YEVGENIY OLEGOVICH CHERNET is the General Director and majority shareholder of ELIKS M.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entity is being designated for operating or having operated in the electronics sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY PARTNERSHIP ELEM GROUP (ELEM GROUP) is a Kazakhstan-based company that has supplied common high-priority items to Russia-based, U.S.-designated STRELOI EKOMMERTS.

Türkiye-based Entities Supplying Common High-Priority Items to Russia

The Department is designating the following entities pursuant to section 1(a)(i) for operating or having operated in the electronics sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • MBK LOJISTIK MEDIKAL PAZARLAMA SANAYI IC VE DIS TICARET LIMITED SIRKETI (MBK LOJISTIK) is a Türkiye-based company that has supplied common high-priority items to Russia-based company, LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY A AVERS.
  • OLIMPIK GAMA IC VE TICARET SANAYI LIMITED SIRKETI (OLIMPIK GAMA) is a Türkiye-based company that has supplied common high-priority items to Russia-based company, LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY TRADE HOUSE KYUTEK.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY TRADE HOUSE KYUTEK (TRADE HOUSE) is a Russia-based company that has received common high-priority electronic components supplied by Türkiye-based company, OLIMPIK GAMA.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entity is being designated for operating or having operated in the technology sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY A AVERS (A AVERS) is a Russia-based company that has received common high-priority electronic components supplied by Türkiye-based company, MBK LOJISTIK.

Türkiye-based Entities Involved in Procuring G7-Origin Aircraft Components for Entities Based in Russia

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entities are being designated for operating or having operated in the aerospace sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • ALPHA VISIT SHOP FOREIGN TRADE LIMITED COMPANY (ALPHA VISIT) is a Türkiye-based company, founded by a Russian national in May 2022, that supplied aircraft parts to Russia-based companies, including an entity that is Entity Listed by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security.

A UAE-based Entity Supplying Common High-Priority Items to Russia

The Department is designating the following entities pursuant to section 1(a)(i) for operating or having operated in the electronics sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • ASIA INTERNATIONAL TRADE PROVIDER LLC (ASIA INTERNATIONAL) is a UAE-based company that has supplied common high-priority items to Russia-based, U.S.-designated LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY MDIKAM EK.

UAE-based Entities Involved in Procuring G7-Origin Aircraft Components for Entities Based in Russia

The Department is designating the following entity pursuant to section 1(a)(i) for operating or having operated in the transportation sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • POLARSTAR LOGISTICS LLC (POLARSTAR) is a UAE-based company that offers cargo shipping services from the UAE to Russia. POLARSTAR is listed as an S7 Airlines representative office and acts as a cargo agent in the UAE on behalf of S7 Airlines, which is Entity Listed by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entity is being designated for operating or having operated in the aerospace sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • S 7 ENGINEERING LLC (S7 ENGINEERING) is a Russia-based company that offers maintenance services for U.S. and European-built aircraft and components in Russia and other countries. S7 ENGINEERING procures aircraft parts, including G7-origin components, from UAE-based companies.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(vii), the following entity is being designated for being owned or controlled by, or having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, S7 ENGINEERING:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY ANGAR (ANGAR) is solely owned by S7 ENGINEERING. ANGAR is primarily engaged in renting, buying, selling, managing, and appraising real estate.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entities are being designated for operating or having operated in the aerospace sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • MIRAGE AIR CRAFT SERVICES SOLE PROPRIETORSHIP LLC is a UAE-based company that supplied aircraft parts to the Russia-based company S7 ENGINEERING.
  • CRYNOFIST AVIATION FZCO is a UAE-based company that supplied Russian aviation companies with G7-origin aircraft parts.
  • RBG SOLUTION FZE is a UAE-based company that supplied G7-origin aircraft parts to the Russia-based company, S7 ENGINEERING.

PRC-based Entities Involved in Procuring Electronic Components for Entities with Ties to the Russian Military

The Department is designating the following entities pursuant to section 1(a)(i) for operating or having operated in the electronics sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • ZHEJIANG OULONG ELECTRIC CO LTD (ZHEJIANG OULONG ELECTRIC) is a private manufacturer of printed circuit boards based in Wenzhou, PRC. From January to October 2023, Zhejiang Oulong Electric supplied Russian entities with more than $2 million worth of products found on the BIS List of Common High Priority Items. ZHEJIANG OULONG ELECTRIC has supplied common high-priority items to Russia-based, U.S.-designated INELSO OOO. INELSO OOO was sanctioned by the United States in May 2023 and has also been identified in the Official Journal of the European Union as an entity that has contributed to Russia’s military and technological enhancement or to the development of Russia’s defense and security sector.
  • WUHAN MAIWE COMMUNICATION CO LTD (WUHAN MAIWE) is a PRC-based company that supplies common high priority items to Russian companies. WUHAN MAIWE has supplied common high-priority items to Russia-based, U.S.-designated company REGION-PROF LLC. REGION-PROF LLC has procured multiple shipments of common high priority items on behalf of the Russian military and security services.
  • COREBAI MICROELECTRONICS BEIJING COMPANY LIMITED is a PRC-based micro-electronics producer that has Russian distributors, works with SDN listed INELSO OOO, and has a distribution warehouse in Russia.

CONSTRAINING RUSSIA’S METALS AND MINING REVENUE

The Department of State continues to designate individuals and entities involved in Russia’s metals and mining sector to further constrict Russia’s revenue generation from this key source of funds for the Russian federal budget.

Targeting Russia’s Largest Pipe Producer

The Department is designating PUBLIC JOINT STOCK COMPANY PIPE METALLURGICAL COMPANY (PIPE METALLURGICAL COMPANY), Russia’s leading supplier of steel pipe, piping solutions, and related services. PIPE METALLURGICAL COMPANY also supplied piping for U.S.-designated Nord Stream 2 AG, the project implementation company for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project. PIPE METALLURGICAL COMPANY is being designated pursuant to section 1(a)(i), for operating or having operated in the metals and mining sector of the Russian Federation economy.

The following five entities, all of which are subsidiaries of PIPE METALLURGICAL COMPANY, are being designated pursuant to section 1(a)(vii) for being owned or controlled by, or having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, PIPE METALLURGICAL COMPANY:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY TUBES 2000
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY TMK OIL FIELD SERVICES
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY TMK PREMIUM SERVICES
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY TMK TECHNICAL SERVICE
  • SPS ME FZCO
  • The following additional subsidiaries of PIPE METALLURGICAL COMPANY are all being designated pursuant to section 1(a)(i) for operating or having operated in the metals and mining sector of the Russian Federation economy:
  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY CHELYABINSK PIPE ROLLING PLANT is the leading supplier of steel pipe, piping solutions, and related services for a variety of sectors of the Russian economy.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY TMK YARTSEVSKIY METALLURGICAL PLANT is a modern casting and rolling factory for the production of long products with a capacity of more than 300 thousand tons per year.
  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY VOLZHSKIY PIPE PLANT is involved in the production of steel pipes, hollow profiles, and fittings.
  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY ORSKIY MACHINE BUILDING PLANT is involved in the production of steel pipes, hollow profiles, and fittings.
  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY PERVOURALSKIY NEW PIPE PLANT produces steel pipes and cylinders.
  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY SINARSKIY PIPE PLANT (SINARSKIY PIPE PLANT) is a specialized enterprise for the production of steel pipes, providing industrial services.
  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY TAGANROG METALLURGICAL PLANT (TAGANROG METALLURGICAL PLANT) produces many types of steel pipes.
  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY SEVERSKIY PIPE PLANT (SEVERSKIY PIPE PLANT) is one of the oldest metallurgical enterprises in Russia and produces various steel pipe products.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY SMARTMET manufactures steel tubes, pipes, and related fittings.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY TMK PIPELINE SOLUTIONS manufactures steel tubes, pipes, and related fittings.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY TMK TAYMIR treats and coats metals.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entity is being designated for operating or having operated in the financial services sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPANY LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY TMK STEEL HOLDING is a subsidiary of PIPE METALLURGICAL COMPANY and is primarily engaged in holding or owning securities of companies and is involved in financial asset investing.

The following two additional subsidiaries of PIPE METALLURGICAL COMPANY are being designated pursuant to section 1(a)(i) for operating or having operated in the transportation sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY SINARATRANSAUTO has worked in the automobiles logistics market since 2005 and provides comprehensive road transportation services for the SINARSKIY PIPE PLANT.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY SINARAPROMTRANS (SINARAPROMTRANS) is the only operator of internal railway logistics for the TAGANROG METALLURGICAL PLANT, VOLZHSKIY PIPE PLANT, and SEVERSKIY PIPE PLANT pipe factories, included in the PIPE METALLURGICAL COMPANY network. Additionally, SINARAPROMTRANS has two divisions in Siberia, which carry out rail delivery of coal from mining sites.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entity is being designated for operating or having operated in the accounting sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY TMK BUSINESS SERVICES CENTER is a subsidiary of PIPE METALLURGICAL COMPANY whose main business activities are accounting, bookkeeping, auditing activities, and tax consultancy.

Further Targeting Russian Gold Mining

The Department is designating KONSTANTIN IVANOVICH STRUKOV (STRUKOV) and PUBLIC JOINT STOCK COMPANY UZHURALZOLOTO GROUP OF COMPANIES (JSC UGC), one of Russia’s top ten gold miners. STRUKOV is the founder and majority owner of JSC UGC and was sanctioned by the United Kingdom on November 8, 2023. STRUKOV and JSC UGC are both being designated pursuant to section 1(a)(i) for operating or having operated in metals and mining sector of the Russian Federation economy.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(vii), the following entity is being designated for being owned or controlled by, or having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, STRUKOV, a person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to the Order:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY MANAGEMENT COMPANY UGC is owned by STRUKOV.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entities are being designated for operating or having operated in metals and mining sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY SOVRUDNIK extracts metal ores and is owned by JSC UGC.
  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY KOMMUNAROVSKIY GOLD MINE is involved in the mining of ores and sands of precious metals such as gold, silver, and platinum.

Targeting A Russian Aluminum Products Producer

The Department is designating JOINT STOCK COMPANY SAMARA METALLURGICAL PLANT (SAMARA METALLURGICAL PLANT), a Russia-based firm that produces a broad assortment of aluminum products and is the largest producer of semi-fabricated aluminum products in Russia. SAMARA METALLURGICAL PLANT is being designated pursuant to section 1(a)(i) for operating or having operated in the metals and mining sector of the Russian Federation economy. MIKHAIL GRIGORYEVICH SPICHAK (SPICHAK) is the General Director of the SAMARA METALLURICAL PLANT and MAXIM YURYEVICH SMIRNOV (SMIRNOV) is the President of the SAMARA METALLURGICAL PLANT. Both SPICHAK and SMIRNOV are being designated pursuant to section 1(a)(i) for operating or having operated in the metals and mining sector of the Russian Federation economy.

Targeting A Key Russian Metals & Mining Network

The Department is targeting a network of Russian mining companies connected to the wealthy Russian Trotsenko family believed to be close to President of Russia Vladimir Putin. The following entities are being designated pursuant to section 1(a)(i) for operating or having operated in the financial services sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • ILLC GEOPROMINING INVESTMENT is involved in activities including security and commodity exchanges among other financial service activities.
  • LLC HOLDING GPM (HOLDING GPM) is involved in activities including investments in securities and financial asset investing.

HOLDING GPM is the founder and majority owner of the following four entities which are being designated pursuant to section 1(a)(vii) for being owned or controlled by, or having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, HOLDING GPM, a person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to the Order:

  • LLC GEOPROMAINING
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY KRYAZH INVEST
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY GEOPROMAINING VERKHNE MENKECHE
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY NATSIONALNAYA SURMYANAYA KOMPANIYA (NSK)

Pursuant to section 1(a)(vii), the following entity is being designated for being owned or controlled by, or having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, NSK, a person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to the Order:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY GROSS was founded and is owned by NSK.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entities are being designated for operating or having operated in metals and mining sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY VISMUT is primarily engaged in the mining and enrichment of iron ores.
  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY ZVEZDA is primarily engaged in mining, milling, or otherwise preparing ferroalloy ores.
  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY SARYLAKH SURMA is primarily engaged in mining, milling, or otherwise preparing ferroalloy ores.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY AEON MINING is primarily engaged in the mining of ores and sands of precious metals.

CONSTRAINING RUSSIA’S WAR EFFORT

Entities and Individuals Manufacturing Weapons, Ammunitions, and Other Equipment

The Department is continuing to take significant action to disrupt and degrade Russia’s military industrial base and today is targeting nearly 60 entities and individuals involved in the manufacture of weapons, ammunition, and associated materiel. The defense industry entities and individuals included below manufacture weapons, ammunition, and related equipment for the Russian defense sector to support its illegal war against Ukraine.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entities are being designated for operating or having operated in the defense and related materiel sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY TULA MACHINE BUILDING PLANT (TULAMASHZAVOD) is one of the largest enterprises of the Russian military industrial base manufacturing numerous gun systems for Russian armored vehicles, aircraft, and anti-aircraft systems.
  • EVGENII ANATOLEVICH DRONOV is the Director General of TULAMASHZAVOD.
  • PUBLIC JOINT STOCK COMPANY IMPERIAL TULA ARMS PLANT (IMPERIAL TULA ARMS PLANT) manufactures high-precision antitank guided missiles and various small arms for the Russian military.
  • GUN-MAKING COMPANY LEVSHA-T LLC manufactures small arms and is wholly owned by IMPERIAL TULA ARMS PLANT.
  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY SCIENTIFIC AND PRODUCTION ASSOCIATION PRIBOR NAMED AFTER S.S. GOLEMBIOVSKY (JSC NPO PRIBOR) is one of Russia’s largest manufacturers of small-caliber ammunition and weapons systems for use by the Russian military.
  • YURI ALEXANDROVICH NABOKOV is the General Director of JSC NPO PRIBOR.
  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY NOVOSIBIRSK MECHANICAL PLANT ISKRA (NMZ ISKRA) manufactures ammunition, explosives and other specialized components for the Russian defense industry.
  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY VERKHNYAYA SALDA CHEMICAL CONTAINER PLANT (AO VZKHE) manufactures missile technology for the Russian defense industry.
  • JSC IZHEVSK MOTOR PLANT AKSION HOLDING (AKSION HOLDING) manufactures equipment for control systems for the Topol-M and Yars missile systems, as well as communication and information processing systems.
  • GENNADY IVANOVICH KUDRYAVTSEV is the Director General of AKSION HOLDING.
  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY VOSKRESENSKY AGGREGATION FACTORY (JSC VAF) assembles antiaircraft guided missiles, air-to-air and air-to-surface guided missiles, and cruise missiles for use by the Russian military.
  • ALEKSANDR VIACHESLAVOVICH SYCHUGOV is the General Director of JSC VAF.
  • FEDERAL STATE ENTERPRISE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION KAZAN PLANT OF PRECISION ENGINEERING (NPO KZTM) manufactures explosives for the Russian defense industry.
  • JSC SCIENTIFIC PRODUCTION ASSOCIATION EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN BUREAU NAMED AFTER M SIMONOV (OKB SIMONOV) develops and produces unmanned aerial systems and aerial training targets.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY TRIMIX (3MX) manufactures electronic warfare systems and anti-UAV systems used by the Russian military.
  • CENTRAL RESEARCH RADIO ENGINEERING INSTITUTE NAMED AFTER ACADEMICIAN A I BERG (TSNIRTI BERG) builds satellite and radar equipment for contracts with the Russian Ministry of Defense.
  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH INSTITUTE EKRAN (EKRAN) works on the development, production, testing, and repair of aviation equipment used by the Russian Ministry of Defense.
  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY ARZAMAS MACHINE BUILDING PLANT (ARZAMAS) manufactures armored vehicles used by the Russian military in Ukraine.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPANY (MIC) develops and manufactures armored personnel carriers, infantry fighting vehicles, and armored cars for the Russian military.
  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY SPECIAL DESIGN BUREAU OF TRANSPORT MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (SPETSMASH) develops and manufactures armored vehicles, self-propelled artillery, and other specialized equipment for the Russian military.
  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY ASTEIS manufactures armored vehicles for the Russian defense industry.
  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY SPECIAL DESIGN BUREAU OF INSTRUMENT MAKING AND AUTOMATION (SKB PA) develops and manufactures electro-hydraulic, electromechanical, navigation, and control systems for mobile robotic complexes for the Russian defense industry.
  • FEDERAL STATE UNITARY ENTERPRISE STATE RESEARCH AND PRODUCTION ENTERPRISE BAZALT (NPO BAZALT) is involved in the design and construction of air launched ordnance, rocket propelled grenades, and armored fighting vehicle ammunition. NPO BAZALT was designated pursuant to E.O. 13662 on July 16, 2014.
  • OTKRYTOE AKTSIONERNOE OBSHCHESTVO NOVO-VYATKA (NOVO-VYATKA) manufactures various technical equipment with defense applications. NOVO-VYATKA was designated pursuant to E.O. 13662 on December 22, 2015.
  • NIKOLAY VLADIMIROVICH PORKHACHEV (PORKHACHEV) is the General Director of NPO BAZALT, and was the temporary General Director of OTKRYTOE AKTSIONERNOE OBSHCHESTVO NOVO-VYATKA.
  • FARID KHABIBULLOVICH ABDRAKHMANOV is the General Director of JOINT STOCK COMPANY EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN BUREAU NOVATOR, which develops and produces cruise missiles, including the Kalibr cruise missile, and was designated pursuant to E.O. 14024 in September 2023.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY TRADING HOUSE LOBAEV ARMS (LOBAEV ARMS) is a company registered in Russia that manufactures weapons and ammunition.
  • VLADISLAV YEVGENYEVICH LOBAEV (VLADISLAV LOBAEV) is the founder of LOBAEV ARMS.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY LOBAEV ROBOTICS (LOBAEV ROBOTICS) is a company registered in Russia that manufactures weapons and ammunition.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY CONSTRUCTION BUREAU OF INTEGRATED SYSTEMS (LLC KBIS) is a company registered in Russia that produces weapons and ammunition.
  • ELENA ANATOLYEVNA LOBAEVA (ELENA LOBAEVA) is a founder and owner of LLC KBIS.
  • FUND FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF WEAPONS TECHNOLOGIES AND PRODUCTION LOBAEV FOUNDATION (LOBAEV FOUNDATION) is registered in Russia and its programs include the development of precision small arms technologies, development of the production of precision weapons, development and modernization of specialized UAVs, and development and supply of special equipment.
  • NIKOLAY YEVGENYEVICH LOBAEV (NIKOLAY LOBAEV) is a shareholder, director, and legal representative of LOBAEV ARMS.

Entities Supporting Russia’s Military Industrial Base

The Department continues to designate entities involved in the development of advanced technologies and high-tech machine tools being used to substitute production of goods Russia can no longer import, as well as entities involved in the manufacture of weapons and ammunition supporting Russia’s defense industry. The Department is designating the following entities involved in the development of additive manufacturing (3D printing) and computer numerical control (CNC) technologies, among other individuals and entities within the Russian military industrial base.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entities are being designated for operating or having operated in the technology sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY ELEKTRONNAYA MOSKVA is contracted to cover technical support and maintenance of Moscow’s facial recognition system.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY 2050 ADDITIVE TECHNOLOGIES is a Russia-based additive manufacturing company.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY ADDITIVE TECHNOLOGY is a Russia-based additive manufacturing company.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY OFFICE TECHNOLOGY JETCOM is a Russia-based additive manufacturing company.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY NPC ANTEY is a Russia-based additive manufacturing company.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY MAKETIR is a Russia-based additive manufacturing company.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY ENGINEERING CENTER OF ADDITIVE TECHNOLOGIES is a Russia-based additive manufacturing company.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY NOVAPRINT 3D is a Russia-based additive manufacturing company.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY ONSINT is a Russia-based additive manufacturing company.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY TPK FOLIPLAST is a Russia-based additive manufacturing company.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY SPRUT TECHNOLOGY is a Russia-based company that develops software for computer numerical control machines.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY CENTER SPRUT T is a Russia-based company that develops software for computer numerical control machines.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entity is being designated for operating or having operated in the electronics sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY DIAPAZON is a supplier of electronic components throughout Russia.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entities are being designated for operating or having operated in the manufacturing sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY KLINTSOVSKIY MOBILE CRANE PLANT is one of the largest and most reputable manufacturers of lifting equipment in Russia. The plant produces modern automobile and crawler cranes.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY GALIKA MET repairs metalworking machines and is involved in the sale of machinery and equipment.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY GALIKA SKD is involved in the sale of woodworking machines.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY GALIKA TSENTR TEKHNOLOGI I SERVIS is an industrial machinery and equipment wholesaler headquartered in Russia.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY GALIKA SERVIS repairs machinery and equipment.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY PROIZVODSTVENNYE RESHENIYA is involved in the machining of metal products, manufacture of metalworking machines, and manufactures of other machine tools.
  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY PROIZVODSTVENNOE OBEDINENIE FORT (JSC PO FORT) operates in the machinery wholesale industry.
  • DIANA EVGENEVNA KALEDINA is the Director General of JSC PO FORT.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY MACHINE BUILDING FACTORY FORT is involved in the machining of metal products, manufacture of metalworking machines, and manufactures of other machine tools.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY SASOVSKI LITEINY ZAVOD operates in the casting of iron industry.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY MANAGEMENT COMPANY ABAMET is a Russia-based industrial machinery and equipment wholesale company.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY HERMLE VOSTOK is a Russia-based industrial machinery and equipment wholesale company.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY ATM GRUPP is a Russia-based machinery wholesale company that supplies CNC machines.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY INZHENERNO TEKHNOLOGICHESKI TSENTR ATM is a Russia-based machinery wholesale company.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY ATM TEKHNOLODZHI is a Russia-based machinery wholesale company that supplies high-quality metalworking equipment.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY KNAUER ENGINEERING is a Russia-based company that operates in the Industrial Machinery Repair and Maintenance industry.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY AMS TEKHNIKA is a Russia-based company involved in the wholesale distribution of industrial machinery and equipment.
  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY JOINT TECHNOLOGICAL ENTERPRISE PERM PLANT OF METAL WORKING CENTERS (PZMC) manufactures CNC metalworking machines, lathes, turn-milling, and milling machines including the PROTON T series machines.
  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY MEKHANIKA produces advanced industrial equipment for high-performance turning and milling of steels and alloys.
  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY KOVROV ELECTROMECHANICAL PLANT (KEMZ) designs and manufactures a variety of multifunctional turning, milling, and turn-mill machining CNC machines and associated equipment.
  • AKTSIONERNOE OBSHCHESTVO TOZ-METIZ manufactures high-precision fasteners and other hardware for the Russian defense industry and is wholly owned by IMPERIAL TULA ARMS PLANT.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entity is being designated for operating or having operated in the technology sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY NATIONAL CENTRE FOR INFORMATION SECURITY is a Russia-based company that develops counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems and develops information security systems that are used by multiple Russian government agencies.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entity is being designated for operating or having operated in the electronics sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY NEIT is a Russia-based company and is involved in the wholesale trade of electronic equipment and its spare parts.

Countering Russia-Iran Military Cooperation and Arms Proliferation

The Department remains focused on highlighting and disrupting the ongoing military cooperation between Iran and Russia to further Russia’s war efforts against Ukraine. In December 2022 and October 2023, we designated numerous Russian and Iranian entities for their involvement in the proliferation of arms including transfers of UAVs from Iran for Russia’s use against Ukraine, conventional arms and related materiel from Iran to Russia, and major weapons systems from Russia to Iran, including the Yak-130 combat aircraft.

Today, we continue these efforts by designating the Iranian MINISTRY OF DEFENSE AND ARMED FORCES LOGISTICS (MODAFL) for the first time under a Russia-related sanctions authority, as well as two shipping companies that have previously been involved in arms related transfers between Iran and Russia. At least as of 2022, ROSOBORONEKSPORT OAO had worked through MODAFL to facilitate Iranian munitions transfers to Russia. Additionally, MODAFL worked with other Iranian military entities to facilitate the transfer of armed UAVs to Russia beginning in 2022. This action aligns with the Department of the Treasury’s designations today of a network of entities and individuals that has supported efforts by the Government of the Russian Federation and MODAFL to establish a facility in Russia to supply the Russian military with one-way attack UAVs, such as the Shahed-136 UAVs, and the Russian version, the Geran-2, for use in Russia’s war against Ukraine.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(vi)(B), the following entity is being designated for having materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of ROSOBORONEKSPORT OAO, a person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to the Order:

  • MINISTRY OF DEFENSE AND ARMED FORCES LOGISTICS (MODAFL) is the Iranian Ministry of Defense and has been involved in transfers of major weapons systems between Russia and Iran. MODAFL was previously designated pursuant to E.O. 13382, E.O. 13224, and E.O. 13949.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entity is being designated for operating or having operated in the marine sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • DALIR LTD is a Russian shipping company based in Astrakhan, Russia on the Caspian Sea. Additionally, DALIR LTD previously transported military-related cargo for delivery to the Iranian military on behalf of ROSOBORONEKSPORT OAO, Russia’s sole state-controlled intermediary agency for exporting and importing the entire range of military, defense, and dual-use products, technologies, and services. ROSOBORONEKSPORT OAO is designated pursuant to E.O. 14024, E.O. 13949, E.O. 13582 and E.O. 13662.
    • Pursuant to the Order, the following vessels are being identified as property in which DALIR LTD has an interest: ALIREZA 1 and BALTIYSKIY-111. ALIREZA 1 and BALTIYSKIY-111 are general cargo ships.
  • LADOGA SHIPPING COMPANY LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LADOGA LTD) is a Russian shipping company based in Astrakhan, Russia on the Caspian Sea. Additionally, LADOGA LTD vessels previously made port calls in Russian-occupied Crimea and transported military-related cargo for delivery to the Iranian military on behalf of ROSOBORONEKSPORT OAO.
    • Pursuant to the Order, SKIF-V is being identified as property in which LADOGA LTD has an interest. SKIF-V is a general cargo ship.

Disrupting Russia-DPRK Munitions Transfers

The Department will continue to disrupt and expose arms transfers between the DPRK and Russia. As part of that ongoing effort, the Department is designating two additional entities that have been involved in the transfer of munitions from the DPRK to Russia. Since September 2023, the DPRK has delivered more than 10,000 containers of munitions or munitions-related materials to Russia.

Russia has imported shipping containers carrying military-related cargo from the DPRK through Vostochny Port for use in the Ukraine conflict since early October 2023. Specifically, more than 7,400 containers of munitions and munitions-related materials have been delivered to Russia through the VOSTOCHNAYA STEVEDORING COMPANY LLC (VSC)-owned terminal at Vostochny Port. Containers of munitions and munitions-related materials have also been delivered to Russia through the nearby DUNAY PROBABLE NAVAL MISSILE FACILITY.

These designations follow the Department’s designations of several other entities and individuals involved in munitions transfers from the DPRK to Russia in July, September, and December 2023 as well as designations of entities involved in the transfer of ballistic missiles from the DPRK to Russia in January 2024.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entity is being designated for operating or having operated in the marine sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • VOSTOCHNAYA STEVEDORING COMPANY LLC (VSC) manages a terminal at Vostochny Port in Russia’s far east through which more than 7,400 containers of munitions and munitions-related materials have been delivered from the DPRK.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entity is being designated for operating or having operated in the defense and related materiel sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • DUNAY PROBABLE NAVAL MISSILE FACILITY is a Russian naval base and port facility that has been involved in the transfer of munitions from the DPRK to Russia.

Targeting Third-Party Support to Russia’s Defense Sector

The Department continues to be vigilant against entities and individuals in third countries that provide support to Russia’s defense sector. Today’s actions demonstrate that we will not hesitate to take action under all relevant authorities against those engaging in transactions with or providing other forms of support to Russia’s defense sector.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entities are being designated for operating or having operated in the defense and related materiel sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • JSC 558 AIRCRAFT REPAIR PLANT is a Belarusian defense company that maintains and repairs aircraft equipment and trains other personnel in the repair and operation of certain aviation materiel. JSC 558 AIRCRAFT REPAIR PLANT retains close ties to the Russian defense sector and was previously designated pursuant to E.O. 14038 on February 24, 2022.
  • PAVEL IVANOVICH PINIGIN is the former director of JSC 558 AIRCRAFT REPAIR PLANT.
  • PRO HELI INTERNATIONAL SERVICES LIMITED (PRO HELI) is a Uganda-based joint venture with the National Enterprises Corporation that provides maintenance, repair, and overhaul services for Uganda’s fleet of Russian-origin helicopters. Additionally, PRO HELI maintains a partnership with the JSC 558 AIRCRAFT REPAIR PLANT and has procured weapons from U.S.-designated Russian arms companies as recently as 2023.
  • VALERII COPEICHIN is the CEO of PRO HELI and has previously been named in a United Nations report for involvement in weapons shipments to South Sudan.

Continued Pressure on Private Military Companies

The Department is continuing our efforts to expose and disrupt the activities of Russian private military companies and individuals supporting Russia’s war aims against Ukraine. Despite the demise of the PMC Wagner’s Yevgeniy Prigozhin, today’s actions highlight our focus on countering the malign activities of such groups and individuals operating in Ukraine and elsewhere.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entities and individual are being designated for operating or having operated in the defense and related materiel sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • PRIVATE MILITARY COMPANY CONVOY (PMC CONVOY) is a private military company operating in Ukraine.
  • KONSTANTIN ALEXANDROVICH PIKALOV is a leader of PMC CONVOY operating in Ukraine.
  • AKTSIONERNOE OBSHCHESTVO KONSALT is the new legal form of the PMC Wagner Center in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
  • ALEXEY VASILYEVICH TENSIN is the former leader of PMC Wagner Center and a former manager at JSC Concern Kalashnikov.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(ii)(F), the following individuals are being designated for being responsible for or complicit in, or having directly or indirectly engaged or attempted to engage in, activities that undermine the peace, security, political stability, or territorial integrity of the United States, its allies, or its partners, for or on behalf of, or for the benefit of, directly or indirectly, the Government of the Russian Federation:

  • ANDREI NIKOLAEVICH TROSHEV is a former senior leader of PMC Wagner and reportedly now holds a position in the Russian Ministry of Defense.
  • ANTON OLEGOVICH ELIZAREV is a former commander in PMC Wagner.
  • STANISLAV ALEXANDROVICH ORLOV is a commander of a private military company that has operated in Ukraine.
  • MIKHAIL VICTOROVICH TURKANOV is a member of a private military company that has operated in Ukraine.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(vii), the following entity is being designated for being owned or controlled by, or having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, JOINT STOCK COMPANY BARNAUL CARTRIDGE PLANT, a person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to the Order:

  • SHOOTING CENTER ALTAY SHOOTING LTD (SHOOTING CENTER ALTAY) is a shooting range owned by JOINT STOCK COMPANY BARNAUL CARTRIDGE PLANT. Additionally, Shooting Center Altay reportedly has been used by PMC Wagner-affiliated individuals to conduct trainings.

Continued Targeting of Russian State-Owned Enterprises

The Department is further targeting Russian state-owned enterprises in the automotive sector, which continues to be a key aspect of the Russian military industrial base, as well as the state-owned enterprise involved in the development of the Russian Far East and Russian Arctic regions.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(vii), the following entity is being designed for being owned or controlled by, or having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, the Government of the Russian Federation:

  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY FAR EAST AND ARCTIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (JSC KRDV) is the management company responsible for coordinating investment projects in the Free Port of Vladivostok, the Special Administrative Region on Russky Island, and the advanced special economic zones in the Far Eastern and Arctic regions of Russia.

The following ten entities are majority owned by JSC KRDV and coordinate future energy and mining projects, among others, in their respective titular region. Pursuant to section 1(a)(vii), all ten entities are being designated for being owned or controlled by, or having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, JSC KRDV:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY KRDV PRIMORYE
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY KRDV AMURSKAYA
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY KRDV BURYATIYA
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY KRDV CHUKOTKA
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY KRDV KAMCHATKA
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY KRDV MURMANSK
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY KRDV SAKHALIN AND KURILY
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY KRDV YAKUTIYA
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY KRDV YUZHNAYA YAKUTIYA
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY KRDV ZABAYKALYE

Pursuant to section 1(a)(iv), the following entity is being designated for being a political subdivision, agency, or instrumentality of the Government of the Russian Federation:

  • FEDERAL STATE UNITARY ENTERPRISE CENTRAL ORDER OF THE RED BANNER SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AUTOMOBILE AND AUTOMOTIVE ENGINES INSTITUTE NAMI (NAMI) is the parent company of several entities conducting engineering research, manufacturing, and sales of automotives in Russia. NAMI is included in a list of strategic enterprises essential for the national defense and security of Russia and is subordinate to the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(vii), the following entity is being designated for being owned or controlled by, or having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, NAMI, a person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to the Order:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY AUTO HOLDING (AUTO HOLDING) is a Russia-based holding company owned by NAMI.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following NAMI-affiliated entities are being designated for operating or having operated in the transportation sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY SHUSHARY AVTO produces motor vehicles.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY AURUS produces motor vehicles.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY FIBET NAMI ADVANCED ENGINEERING is an automobile and auto parts company located in Russia and conducts sales of spare parts and accessories for cars and industrial vehicles.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY NAMI INNOVATIVE COMPONENTS produces components and accessories for motor vehicles.

PROMOTING ACCOUNTABILITY FOR MALIGN ACTORS

The Department is also taking further action today to target a range of individuals and entities involved in supporting the Russian government’s war effort and other malign activities.

Targeting a Russian Proxy Authority in Occupied Territories of Ukraine

VITALIY VIKTOROVICH BULYUK (BULYUK) is a so-called deputy head of the Russian-backed military-civilian administration of the Kherson Region. BULYUK is being designated pursuant to section 1(a)(ii)(F) for being responsible for or complicit in, or having directly or indirectly engaged or attempted to engage in, activities that undermine the peace, security, political stability, or territorial integrity of the United States, its allies, or its partners, for or on behalf of, or for the benefit of, directly or indirectly, the Government of the Russian Federation.

Targeting Individuals Supporting Russia’s Expropriation of Foreign Companies

The Department continues to impose sanctions to highlight the Government of the Russian Federation’s seizure of Russian subsidiaries of foreign companies.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(vii), the following individuals are being designated for being owned or controlled by, or having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, the Government of the Russian Federation:

  • VASILI VLADISLAVOVICH NIKONOV was appointed interim CEO of PJSC Unipro, the Russian subsidiary of Germany’s Uniper that has been placed under “temporary control” by the Government of the Russian Federation.
  • VYACHESLAV EVGENEVICH KOZHEVNIKOV was appointed the interim CEO of PAO Forward Energo, the Russian subsidiary of Finland’s Fortum that has been placed under “temporary control” by the Government of the Russian Federation.

Targeting Russia’s Malign Influence in Moldova

The Department is imposing sanctions on MARINA TAUBER (TAUBER), chief representative in Moldova of ILAN MIRONOVICH SHOR (SHOR), a person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to the Order. During last year’s local elections, TAUBER helped the fugitive, U.S.-sanctioned SHOR shift his party apparatus from the U.S.-sanctioned SHOR PARTY to other parties and subvert Moldova’s electoral process through illegal vote buying on behalf of the Kremlin. SHOR has demonstrated his intent to use his malign criminal network, and TAUBER as his chief representative, to wage similar subversion campaigns in upcoming election cycles. Moldovans deserve free and fair democratic processes. The United States supports Moldova’s progress on democratic and economic reforms and a future free from the grip of the Kremlin’s malign influence. We will continue to promote accountability for those who try to subvert the will of the Moldovan electorate.

TAUBER is described as SHOR’s second-in-command and has directed the operations of SHOR’s malign networks in Moldova, as well as operations of the SHOR PARTY, a person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to the Order. TAUBER is being designated pursuant to section 1(a)(vii), for being owned or controlled by, or having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, SHOR, a person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to the Order.

The Network of Sergey Gordeev

SERGEY EDUARDOVICH GORDEEV (GORDEEV) is a Russian businessman whose ventures have benefitted from connections to SULIEMAN ABUSAIDOVICH KERIMOV and SERGEY SEMYONOVICH SOBYANIN, persons whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to the Order. GORDEEV is the founder, general manager, and owner of LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY HOLDING FINANCE. GORDEEV is being designated pursuant to section 1(a)(i) for operating or having operated in the financial services sector of the Russian Federation economy. Additionally, two of GORDEEV’s affiliated companies have allegedly been recruiting contract soldiers for Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entities are being designated for operating or having operated in the financial services sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY HOLDING FINANCE (HOLDING FINANCE) is involved in investments in securities and dealer activities.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY PIK PLUS (PIK PLUS) is involved in investments in securities and dealer activities.
  • INTERNATIONAL COMPANY LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY LEDAMEN (LEDAMEN) is located in Kaliningrad, Russia and is involved in investments in securities. Additionally, GORDEEV is the General Director of LEDAMEN.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entities are being designated for operating or having operated in the construction sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY INZHTEPLOPROGRESS (INZHTEP) is a construction company located in Russia. INZHTEP is allegedly involved in the recruitment of contract soldiers for Russia’s war in Ukraine.
  • PUBLIC JOINT STOCK COMPANY PIK SPECIALIZED HOMEBUILDER (PIK) is a construction company located in Russia. Additionally, GORDEEV was the head of PIK until September 28, 2022.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(vii), the following entity is being designated for being owned or controlled by, or having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, PIK, a person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to the Order:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY PIK KORPORATSIYA (PIK KORPORATSIYA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of PIK and is involved in construction activities.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(vii), the following entity is being designated for being owned or controlled by, or having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, PIK KORPORATSIYA, a person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to the Order:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY PIK GENPODRYAD (GENPODRYAD) is majority owned by PIK KORPORATSIYA.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(vii), the following entity is being designated for being owned or controlled by, or having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, GENPODRYAD, a person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to the Order:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY GENERAL CONTRACTOR MFS (GP-MFS) is owned by GENPODRYAD. GP-MFS is allegedly involved in the recruitment of contract soldiers for Russia’s war in Ukraine.

The Network of Andrey Komarov

ANDREY ILYICH KOMAROV (KOMAROV) is a Russian businessman active in various sectors of the Russian Federation economy. Ministry of Trade and Industry officials within the Government of the Russian Federation have planned to use ANDREY KOMAROV as a front man to acquire companies for Rostec. KOMAROV is being designated pursuant to section 1(a)(i) for operating or having operated in the construction sector of the Russian Federation economy. KOMAROV is also the founder and owner of LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY SEPTEMBER (SEPTEMBER), which is active in the construction sector. SEPTEMBER is being designated pursuant to section 1(a)(i) for operating or having operated in the construction sector of the Russian Federation economy.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(vii), the following entity is being designated for being owned or controlled by, or having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, KOMAROV, a person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to the Order:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY OKTYABR (OKTYABR) is solely owned by KOMAROV and is a facilities management company for KOMAROV’s companies.

The Department is taking action to target a wide range of additional entities connected to KOMAROV’s corporate network.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entities are being designated for operating or having operated in the manufacturing sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY CYBERSTEEL (CYBERSTEEL) is one of Russia’s leading suppliers of stainless-steel tubular products.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY CYBERSTEEL ALABUGA (CYBERSTEEL ALABUGA) is involved in the manufacturing of steel pipes, hollow profiles and fittings.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY CYBERSTEEL PROJECT 2 (CYBERSTEEL PROJECT 2) is involved in the manufacturing of steel pipes, hollow profiles and fittings.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entity is being designated for operating or having operated in the financial services sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY HS INVESTMENTS (HS INVESTMENTS) is a Russia-based holding company.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(vii), the following entity is being designated for being owned or controlled by, or having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY HS INVESTMENTS, a person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to the Order:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY PRESSMAN SOFT PACKAGING NOVGOROD is involved in the manufacturing of other paper and cardboard products in Velikiy Novgorod, Russia.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entities are being designated for operating or having operated in the manufacturing sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY PRESSMAN PREMIUM PACKAGING NOVGOROD (PRESSMAN PREMIUM PACKAGING NOVGOROD) is a Russia-based company that operates in the paper product manufacturing industry.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY PRESSMAN PREMIUM PACKAGING SPB (PRESSMAN PREMIUM PACKAGING SPB) manufactures paper and cardboard products in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entities are being designated for operating or having operated in the financial services sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY START (START) is a Russia-based holding company.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY HYPERSPACE (HYPERSPACE) is a Russia-based holding company.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY THREEAGRO (THREEAGRO) is a Russia-based holding company.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY GORA GOLDEN RATIO (GORA) is a Russia-based holding company.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(vii), the following entities are being designated for being owned or controlled by, or having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY GORA GOLDEN RATIO, a person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to the Order:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY KAMCHATSKAYA GORNAYA KOMPANIYA is a Russia-based company that was founded by and is solely owned by GORA.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY TIKHOOKEANSKAYA GORNAYA KOMPANIYA is a Russia-based company that was founded by and is solely owned by GORA.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entity is being designated for operating or having operated in the accounting sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY DIGITAL CENTER HYPERSPACE is a Russia-based company that operates in the accounting and tax preparation industry.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entity is being designated for operating or having operated in the metals and mining sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY ZHELTUGINSKAYA MINING COMPANY (ZHELTUGINSKAYA) is a Russia-based company that is involved in the mining of ore and precious metal dusts.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following are being designated for operating or having operated in the manufacturing sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY RIMERA ALNAS (RIMERA ALNAS) is a Russia-based company that operates in the machinery and equipment manufacturing industry.
  • PUBLIC JOINT STOCK COMPANY IZHNEFTEMASH (IZHNEFTEMASH) is a Russia-based company that operates in the machinery and equipment manufacturing industry.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY RIMERA (LLC RIMERA) is a Russia-based company that operates in the machinery and equipment manufacturing industry.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following are being designated for operating or having operated in the financial services sector of the Russian Federation economy.

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY FEDOROVO MINERALZ is a holding company in Russia majority owned by START.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY FEDOROVO KHOLDING is a holding company in Russia.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entities are being designated for operating or having operated in the metals and mining sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY BYSTRINSKAYA MINING COMPANY is a Russia-based company that is involved in the mining of ores of other non-ferrous metals, as well as mining of ores and sands of precious metals.
  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY FEDOROVO RISORSES is a Russia-based company involved in mining of ores of other non-ferrous metals.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i), the following entity is being designated for operating or having operated in the management consulting sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY RIMERA (JSC RIMERA) is a Russia-based company that provides consulting services.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(vii), the following entities are being designated for being owned or controlled by, or having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, JSC RIMERA, a person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to the Order:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY RIMERA SERVIS (RIMERA SERVIS) is a Russia-based company solely owned by JSC RIMERA that provides services to oil and natural gas companies.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY API FAKTORI (API FAKTORI) is a Russia-based company solely owned by JSC RIMERA that conducts research and development in natural sciences and engineering.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY HYPERSPACE TECHNOLOGIES (HYPERSPACE TECHNOLOGIES) is a Russia-based company solely owned by JSC RIMERA that conducts computer programming activities.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(vii), the following entities are being designated for being owned or controlled by, or having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY HYPERSPACE, a person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to the Order:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY VARNA MINERALS is a Russia-based company solely owned by HYPERSPACE involved in geological exploration and geochemical studies.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY GEYSER GOLD is a Russia-based company solely owned by HYPERSPACE involved in geological exploration and geochemical studies.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY DATA 51 is a Russia-based company solely owned by HYPERSPACE involved in geological exploration and geochemical studies.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY INNOVATIVE EDUCATION is a Russia-based company solely owned by HYPERSPACE involved in real estate management.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY TERRA GRUP is a Russia-based company solely owned by HYPERSPACE involved in land purchasing and sales.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY URAL EDUCATIONAL RESIDENCE is a Russia-based company solely owned by HYPERSPACE involved in real estate management.
  • Targeting Individuals Involved in the Forced Transfer, Deportation, and/or “Re-education” of Ukraine’s Children

The Department continues to impose sanctions on persons involved in the forcible transfer and/or deportation of Ukraine’s children to camps promoting indoctrination of children in Russia, Belarus, and Russia-occupied Crimea. Today’s actions demonstrate the United States’ commitment to promoting accountability for the atrocities and other abuses inflicted by the Government of the Russian Federation on the people of Ukraine.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(ii)(F), the following individuals are being designated for being responsible for or complicit in, or having directly or indirectly engaged or attempted to engage in, activities that undermine the peace, security, political stability, or territorial integrity of the United States, its allies, or its partners, for or on behalf of, or for the benefit of, directly or indirectly, the Government of the Russian Federation:

  • BORIS VYACHESLAVOVICH GRYZLOV (GRYZLOV) is the current Russian Ambassador to Belarus and is involved in transferring Ukrainian children to Belarus. GRYZLOV has stated that children will continue to be deported from Ukraine as a part of the official policy of the Government of the Russian Federation.
  • DMITRIY FEDOROVICH MEZENTSEV (MEZENTSEV) is the Secretary of State of the Union State between Belarus and Russia. MEZENTSEV is Russia’s former Ambassador to Belarus and has personally helped organize the transportation of children from Ukraine to Belarus. MEZENTSEV announced a resolution from the Union State to “host” 1,050 children from Ukraine in Belarus and has visited camps where deported children from Ukraine are staying.
  • ALEXEY KONSTANTINOVICH TALAI (TALAI) and his foundation have orchestrated the transport of multiple groups of children from Ukraine to Belarus. The deportations to Belarus have been funded by the Union State, an economic and political union between Moscow and Minsk. The Union State had already given tens of millions of rubbles to support TALAI’s efforts.
  • ALLA VIKTOROVNA BARKHATNOVA (BARKHATNOVA) is the so-called Head of the Department of Labor and Social Policy of Russia’s occupation administration in Kherson and stated that occupation authorities in Kherson Oblast are working to increase the number of children who go on “trips” to “health recreation” camps in Russia. BARKHATNOVA is also identified as being personally involved in the transportation of Ukrainian children.
  • VITALIY KONSTANTINOVICH GANCHEV is the Head of the Military-Civilian Administration of Russia’s occupation administration in the Kharkiv Region and is identified as being one of the individuals involved in deporting and “re-educating” Ukrainian children.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(iii)(A), the following individuals are being designated for being or having been leaders, officials, senior executive officers, or members of the board of directors of the Government of the Russian Federation:

  • VLADIMIR VIKTOROVICH KHROMOV (KHROMOV) is a Representative for the Commissioner of Children’s Rights in the Office of the President of the Russian Federation and is involved in the deportation of Ukrainian children from Russia-occupied regions of Ukraine.
  • AKHMED MAKHMUDOVICH DUDAEV (DUDAEV) is the Minister of National Policy, Foreign Relations, Press and Information of Chechnya and organized trips to deport Ukrainian children.

Imposing Visa Restrictions on Russian Federation-installed Purported Authorities Involved in Human Rights Abuses in Connection with the Transfer, Deportation and Confinement of Ukraine’s Children

Additionally, the Department is taking steps to impose visa restrictions on five Russia-installed purported officials, including one immediate family member, for their involvement in human rights abuses of Ukrainian civilian minors, in connection with the transfer, deportation, and confinement of Ukraine’s children by Russian Federation and Russia-backed authorities.

This action is taken under the Immigration and Nationality Act 212(a)(3)(C) visa policy approved by Secretary Blinken in May 2022 to restrict visa issuance to Russian Federation military officials and Russia-backed or Russia-installed purported authorities who are believed to have been involved in human rights abuses, violations of international humanitarian law, or public corruption in Ukraine, and immediate family members of such individuals, as appropriate.

SANCTIONS IMPLICATIONS

As a result of today’s sanctions-related actions, and in accordance with E.O. 14024, as amended, all property and interests in property of the sanctioned persons described above that are in the United States or in possession or control of U.S. persons are blocked and must be reported to the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Additionally, all individuals or entities that have ownership, either directly or indirectly, 50 percent or more by one or more blocked persons are also blocked.

All transactions by U.S. persons or within (or transiting) the United States that involve any property or interests in property of designated or otherwise blocked persons are prohibited unless authorized by a general or specific license issued by OFAC or exempt. These prohibitions include the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any blocked person and the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person.

The power and integrity of U.S. government sanctions derive not only from the U.S. government’s ability to designate and add persons to the SDN List, but also from its willingness to remove persons from the SDN List consistent with the law. The ultimate goal of sanctions is not to punish, but to bring about a positive change in behavior.

Petitions for removal from the SDN List may be sent to: [email protected]. Petitioners may also refer to the Department of State’s Delisting Guidance page.

For more information on E.O. 14024, as amended, see full text.

 

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