On 4 February, the EU Sanctions blog reported that the sanctions apply to the transit of these good through Estonia; and that the country’s Prime Minister has also said that she will propose the adoption of the same sanctions by the EU.
On 4 February, the US Treasury released this report, a study on the facilitation of money laundering and the financing of terrorism through the trade in works of high-value art. It examines art market participants and sectors of the high-value art market that may present money laundering and terrorist financing risks to the US financial system, and identifies efforts that government agencies, regulators, and market participants could undertake to further mitigate the laundering of illicit proceeds through the high-value art market in the US.
On 4 February, EU Sanctions blog reported that the EU had designated 5 people, including members of the Malian Transition Government, said to be responsible for actions that obstruct and undermine the successful completion of Mali’s political transition. These designations are the first made under the EU’s autonomous Mali sanctions framework, which was adopted on 13 December.
On 3 February, a post on the FCPA Blog was concerned with a new Opinion Procedure Release from the DoJ on 21 January 21. In this case, the DoJ indicated that it would not pursue an enforcement action over the payment. It concluded in the OPR that the payment to the third party would not satisfy the elements of an FCPA violation. The post says that the DoJ analysis raises some significant questions about extorted payments.
On 4 February, Rferl reported that the US has introduced sanctions against Belarusian citizens who, according to the State Department, were involved in the “transnational repression” of Belarusian athletes abroad.