Another 13 individuals and 21 companies have been sanctioned.
The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday expanded its sanctions lists for Russia, adding 13 individuals and 21 companies to them. The corresponding statement was posted on the agency’s website.
According to the document, sanctions are being imposed against “actors in the Russian technology sector in order to prevent the evasion of unprecedented multilateral sanctions and the purchase of critical Western technologies.” OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Treasury Department) adds 21 organizations and 13 individuals to the list.
The sanctions list included, among others, the companies “Sernia Engineering” and “Sertal,” which, according to the American side, are working on the illegal purchase of dual-use equipment and technologies for the Russian defense sector. According to the U.S. Treasury, these companies used a network of individuals to organize transactions and mislead counterparties, as a result of which these Russian citizens are also included in the U.S. sanctions list.
In addition, restrictions are being imposed on key Russian technology companies operating in the defense sector. Vector Research Institute, T-Platforms, Mikron JSC, as well as the Research Institute of Molecular Electronics were included in this list.
“Adding them to the list will further hinder Russia’s access to Western technologies and the international financial system,” the document says.
In addition, the U.S. Treasury announced additional sanctions against three employees of the Russian Federal State Unitary Enterprise “Central Research Institute of Chemistry and Mechanics,” against which in 2020 the U.S. has already imposed restrictions under the American CAATSA law (“On countering America’s Adversaries through sanctions”). The list included, in particular, Evgeny Gladkikh, whom the U.S. Department of Justice accused of committing cybercrimes on March 25. Also, sanctions were imposed against the Director General of CRIChM Sergey Bobkov and his deputy Konstantin Malevany.
Sanctions against the Russian Federation, previously agreed by the U.S. administration, can now be extended additionally to the aerospace and electronics industries, as well as activities related to the development of marine resources. As the head of this department, Janet Yellen, clarified, we are talking about expanding the sanctions that were imposed according to the executive order signed by U.S. President Joe Biden in April 2021. He assumed restrictions against the Russian defense and technology sectors.
According to the minister, now these restrictive measures will also “apply to the aerospace, electronics and marine sectors of the Russian economy.” The American side will be ready to impose restrictions against individuals and legal entities who “work or have worked in these sectors.” In the USA, the “maritime sector” of the economy usually includes, in particular, maritime and inland navigation, shipbuilding, and the arrangement of waterways.