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OFAC issues Russia-related general licenses for some transactions

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On January 17, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued several Russia-related General Licenses (GLs), including: (i) General License (GL) 6C, which authorizes transactions related to agricultural commodities, medicine, medical devices, replacement parts and components, or software updates, Covid-19 pandemic, or clinical trials; (ii) GL 54A, which authorizes certain transactions involving certain holdings prohibited by Executive Order 14071; and (iii) GL 28B, which authorizes the wind down and rejection of certain transactions involving a public joint stock company and Afghanistan. OFAC also announced that it is amending four Russia-related Frequently Asked Questions 982, 1054, 1055, and 1059.