The latest on Russia sanctions from the International Trade and Supply Chain Team
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On February 22, 2022, one day after the Russian Federation formally recognized the Donetsk People’s Republic (“DNR”) and Luhansk People’s Republic (“LNR”) of Ukraine as “independent states” and the Biden Administration responded by imposing a sanctions embargo against the DNR and LNR regions, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) took further action against Russia by imposing new sanctions against the Russian financial services sector, Russian oligarchs and their family members.  OFAC imposed these additional sanctions using Executive Order 14024 (“EO 14024”), which was issued on April 15, 2021 and which authorizes OFAC to sanction operators in Russia’s technology and defense sectors as well as other sectors as determined by the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury in consultation with the U.S. Secretary of State. 
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On February 21, 2022, U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. issued an Executive Order (the “Ukraine Order”) in response to action taken earlier in the day by Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin to recognize the Donetsk People’s Republic (“DNR”) and Luhansk People’s Republic (“LNR”) of Ukraine as “independent states”.  The DNR and LNR are two separatist bodies which have asserted governmental authority over the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine, respectively, without authorization from the Government of Ukraine.  In 2014, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) added the DNR and LNR to its Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (the “SDN List”) in their capacities as individual entities.  Since then, OFAC has also added multiple officials associated with the DNR and LNR to the SDN List.
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