OFAC sanctions Russians individuals and entities
On January 26, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced sanctions against six individuals and 12 entities connected to the Russian Federation. OFAC noted that the designations, which are concurrent with additional sanctions actions by the Department of State, target the infrastructure that supports battlefield operations in Ukraine, including producers of Russia’s weapons and those administering Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine. OFAC also noted that the action includes the designation of persons that support Russian defense-related entities. As a result of the sanctions, all property and interests in property belonging to the sanctioned individuals and entities that are in the U.S. or in the possession or control of U.S. persons are blocked and must be reported to OFAC. Further, “any entities that are owned, directly or indirectly, 50 percent or more by one or more blocked persons are also blocked.” U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any dealings involving the property or interests in property of blocked or designated persons unless authorized by a general or specific license from OFAC.