On 18 November, OFAC advised that it had sanctioned 1 Russian national, Dmitry Kudryakov, and 1 Belarusian national, Iryna Litviniuk, for their role in exploiting the Guatemalan mining sector, as well as three associated entities connected with their corruption schemes. Kudryakov and Litviniuk are designated for having materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of corruption, including the misappropriation of state assets, corruption related to government contracts, or the extraction of natural resources, or bribery.
On 16 November, a news release from Eurojust advised that a meeting of prosecutors and law enforcement officials had met to discuss the increasing use of fake car parts which poses a growing security risk for road-users, leading to deadly accidents and serious bodily harm. The production of counterfeit parts is a rising criminal phenomenon with high profit margins. Among perpetrators, the production of fake parts is often seen as a ‘victimless’ and so-called high-profit/low-risk crime, and penalties across the EU remain relatively low.