Featured Sanctions

U.S. Bars Ukrainian Banking Tycoon Over Corruption Allegations

The Biden administration on Friday imposed sanctions on a Ukrainian banking tycoon and former public official and his family for alleged corruption, marking a renewed effort by the U.S. to help Kyiv address a problem that finance officials say is at the heart of the country’s economic and political woes. Read More

U.S. blocked Myanmar junta attempt to empty $1 billion New York Fed account

Myanmar’s military rulers attempted to move about $1 billion held at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York days after seizing power on Feb. 1, prompting U.S. officials to put a freeze on the funds, according to three people familiar with the matter, including one U.S. government official. The transaction… Read More

U.S., U.K. Weigh More Russia Sanctions, Possibly Targeting Debt

The U.S. and U.K. are weighing additional penalties against Russia over the use of chemical weapons, with options ranging from sanctions against oligarchs to the extreme step of targeting the nation’s sovereign debt, according to people familiar with the matter. British officials plan to push for the Organisation for the… Read More
5th March 2021
The U.S. is considering sanctions against Lebanon’s long-serving central bank chief as a broader investigation into the alleged embezzlement of public funds in the country gathers pace, according to four people familiar with the matter. Officials within the Biden administration have discussed the possibility of coordinated measures with their European… Read More
5th March 2021
Venezuela sent gold to Mali in 2020 via Russian-owned planes to exchange for euros and United States dollars that President Nicolas Maduro’s government used to remain afloat despite US sanctions, an opposition representative said on Wednesday. Julio Borges, designated by Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as his chief overseas envoy,… Read More
4th March 2021
Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase Global Inc. said its services may have been used by individuals, entities or jurisdictions subject to U.S. sanctions regulations and has disclosed the activity to a federal agency. The largest U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange, which on Thursday filed to go public with the Securities and Exchange Commission, in… Read More
4th March 2021
Sanctions have prohibited companies from doing business with the Russian authorities controlling Crimea for more than six years, but Western participation in the development of a bold, seagull-inspired opera house flies in the face of that ban. The Sevastopol State Opera and Ballet Theater, designed by the avant-garde Austrian architectural… Read More
4th March 2021
Singapore’s central bank has told financial firms to be vigilant to any suspicious transactions or fund flows between the city-state and Myanmar, a circular seen by Reuters showed, citing concerns over the potential for financial crimes. In the Feb 25th circular, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) reminded all chief… Read More
2nd March 2021
The White House will announce President Joe Biden’s first sanctions against Russia on Tuesday over the Russian government’s poisoning and detention of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, a State Department official confirmed to ABC News. The official declined to provide details on the scope of the sanctions, but they… Read More
2nd March 2021
Lawyers representing Meng Wanzhou tried to discredit evidence presented by U.S. officials in her extradition hearing, arguing a banker at HSBC Holdings Plc knew that a company doing business with Iran was actually an affiliate of Huawei Technologies Co. One of Meng’s lawyers, Frank Addario, told the… Read More
1st March 2021
President Joe Biden’s administration is in “no rush” to lift U.S. sanctions on Venezuela but would consider easing them if President Nicolas Maduro takes confidence-building steps showing he is ready to negotiate seriously with the opposition, a White House official told Reuters. Signaling that the new U.S. president may be… Read More
1st March 2021
The Biden administration announced sanctions and visa bans on Friday targeting Saudi Arabian citizens over the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but stopped short of imposing sanctions on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman himself. U.S. President Joe Biden’s actions in the first weeks of his administration appear aimed at… Read More
1st March 2021
When Myanmar’s military dictatorship imprisoned the country’s democratically elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, earlier this month, one of the ramifications was the trading halt on the Australian Stock Exchange of a small Australian listed mining company, Myanmar Metals. The company’s key asset – a silver and lead mine in… Read More