On 29 January, a helpful 10-step guide, with links to further information, appeared on UK.gov.
On 29 January, HM Treasury issued 2 new Notices. One advised the amendment of details in the entries relating to 6 individuals subject to sanctions under the Tunisia sanctions regime. The other advises a correction to one entry, that for Yuriy Mikhailovich GOTSANYUK, who is one the Ukraine sanctions lists.
On 29 January, OFAC advised the addition of 8 persons and 1 company to its Ukraine sanctions lists. The 8 individuals include 7 already designated by the EU (and OFAC notes that Canada has also designated the same people). Additionally, OFAC designated 1 further individual and an entity, Grand Service Express, providing rail services in support of Russia’s efforts to deepen the economic integration of Russia and Crimea.
On 29 January, the UK Department for International Trade published Notice to Exporters 2020/03 which says that current export licensing arrangements will continue to apply until the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020. This includes the arrangements for exporting all strategic items. The Open General Export Licence (Export of Dual-Use Items to EU Member States) is not required to export dual-use items to the EU during the transition period.
On 28 January, NBC reported that US federal prosecutors had charged a top Harvard University scientist – Charles M. Lieber, the chair of Harvard’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology – with lying to the Department of Defense about his work for a Chinese-run talent recruitment programme. He allegedly violated federal law by not disclosing his involvement in China’s Thousand Talents Plan to the DoD. The Thousand Talents programme tries to recruit experts from Western universities to work in China.