On 17 August, a post from Castellum AI included an illustration alongside an interesting article which inter alia commented that, despite being the leader of an insurgency that has killed over 2,000 US soldiers, the current leader of the Taliban is not sanctioned by the US; and, even more strange, Russia has imposed more sanctions against current Taliban leadership than the US.
On 20 August, the US Treasury reported that OFAC has designated a number of Russian individuals and entities. It is also reported that the State Department is designating 2 Russian Ministry of Defence scientific laboratories that have engaged in activities to develop Russia’s chemical weapons capabilities. Furthermore, the State Department has imposed new sanctions under the CBW Act which include:
Restrictions on the permanent imports of certain Russian firearms. New and pending permit applications for the permanent importation of firearms and ammunition manufactured or located in Russia will be subject to a policy of denial; and
Additional Department of Commerce export restrictions on nuclear and missile-related goods and technology pursuant to the Export Control Reform Act of 2018.
OFAC has also issued General License 1A which authorises US persons to engage in certain transactions and activities otherwise prohibited by the new Executive Order (EO) of 20 August, together with a FAQ explaining the purpose of the new EO for “Blocking Property with Respect to Certain Russian Energy Export Pipelines” and an updated on about the purpose of the General License. 2 other FAQ have also been released – one concerned with bank loans, and other the interplay between the sanctions and import prohibitions imposed under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Act of 1991.
On 19 August, FinCEN released detailed trend data compiled from Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR). The data is arranged by industry type and includes rankings by states/territories and suspicious activities. There are also available interactive maps for state geographical displays of SAR filing trends and SAR statistics to generate more in-depth statistics on SAR filing trends.
On 20 August, a Notice from HM Treasury advised that 7 individuals connected to the FSB had been added to the sanctions list pursuant to the e Chemical Weapons (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, which provide for the freezing of funds and economic resources of certain persons, entities or bodies involved in the proliferation and use of chemical weapons.
On 20 August, the EU Sanctions Blog reported that this publication had been released by the US State Department. It points out that Chapter 16 of the Digest provides an overview of the imposition, implementation and modification of sanctions by the US in 2020, as well as export control measures relating to China and Cyprus and key litigation developments. The Digest also covers international legal developments within the purview of other departments and agencies of the US, such as the US Trade Representative, US Treasury, the Department of Justice, and others with whom the Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser collaborates. The State Department publishes the online Digest to make US views on international law quickly and readily accessible to our counterparts in other governments, and to international organisations, scholars, students, and other users, both within the US and around the world