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Imposing New Measures on Russia for its Full-Scale War and Use of Chemical Weapons Against Ukraine

The United States is today sanctioning more than 280 individuals and entities to impose additional costs on Russia for both its foreign aggression and internal repression.

In this action, the Department of State is imposing sanctions on more than 80 entities and individuals, including those engaged in: development of Russia’s future energy, metals, and mining production and export capacity; sanctions evasion and circumvention; and furthering Russia’s ability to wage its war against Ukraine.

The Department of State is concurrently delivering to Congress a determination pursuant to the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (CBW Act) regarding Russia’s use of the chemical weapon chloropicrin against Ukrainian troops. Pursuant to the CBW Act, the Department is re-imposing restrictions on foreign military financing, U.S. Government lines of credit, and export licenses for defense articles and national security-sensitive items going to Russia. The Department also is sanctioning three Russian government entities associated with Russia’s chemical and biological weapons programs and four Russian companies that have contributed to such entities.

Among these actions, the Department is also sanctioning an additional three individuals in connection with the death of Aleksey Navalny in Russian Penal Colony IK-3.

All targets are being designated pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 14024, as amended, which authorizes sanctions with respect to specified harmful foreign activities of the Government of the Russian Federation.

The United States will continue to use the tools at its disposal to disrupt support for Russia’s military-industrial base and curtail Russia’s use of the international financial system to further its war against Ukraine. We continue to stand in solidarity with Russians striving for a more democratic future and with Ukrainians defending their homeland from Russia’s aggression.

CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS ACTIVITIES AND PROCUREMENT

The Department of State has made a determination under the CBW Act that Russia has used the chemical weapon chloropicrin against Ukrainian forces in violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). We make this determination in addition to our assessment that Russia has used riot control agents as a method of warfare in Ukraine, also in violation of the CWC. The use of such chemicals is not an isolated incident, and is probably driven by Russian forces’ desire to dislodge Ukrainian forces from fortified positions and achieve tactical gains on the battlefield. Russia’s ongoing disregard for its obligations to the CWC comes from the same playbook as its operations to poison Aleksey Navalny and Sergei and Yulia Skripal with Novichok nerve agents.

In coordination with the Department of the Treasury, the Department of State is designating three Russian Federation government entities associated with Russia’s chemical and biological weapons programs and four Russian companies providing support to such entities. The Department of the Treasury is separately designating three entities and two individuals involved in procuring items for military institutes involved in Russia’s chemical and biological weapons programs, pursuant to a separate WMD non-proliferation authority.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i) of E.O. 14024, the following entities are being designated for operating or having operated in the defense and related materiel sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • RADIOLOGICAL, CHEMICAL, AND BIOLOGICAL DEFENSE TROOPS OF THE MINISTRY OF DEFENSE OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION (RCB DEFENSE TROOPS) is a specialized Russian military unit responsible for identification of and decontamination from radioactive, chemical and biological hazards. The RCB DEFENSE TROOPS have been involved in the day-to-day operations of Russia’s chemical weapons program and also have facilitated the use of the chemical weapon chloropicrin by Russian armed forces against Ukrainian troops.
  • SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF APPLIED ACOUSTICS (FGUP NIIPA) is a Russian government scientific research institute that carries out research and development of military products and develops methods for the export of dual-use goods and technologies. FGUP NIIPA has been involved in the procurement and inventory of chemicals that could be used in the production of chemical weapons agents.
  • FEDERAL STATE BUDGETARY INSTITUTION 48TH CENTRAL SCIENTIFIC AND RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF THE MINISTRY OF DEFENSE OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION (48TH TSNII) is the leading Russian Ministry of Defense scientific research institute responsible for Russian military protection against infectious diseases and biological threats. 48th TSNII and its facilities are associated with the Russian biological weapons program. 48th TSNII and its branches were previously added to the Department of Commerce’s Entity List on August 27, 2020, and to the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) Section 231 List of Specified Persons on March 2, 2021.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i) of E.O. 14024, the following entity is being designated for operating or having operated in the construction sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY RESEARCH AND PRODUCTION ASSOCIATION TRANSCOM (NPO TRANSKOM) is a Russian company that develops and produces wheeled, tracked transport, and containerized communications facilities. NPO TRANSKOM’s customers include the Russian Ministry of Defense and other Russian government agencies. NPO TRANSKOM has worked as a contractor for Russian government entities associated with Russia’s chemical weapons program. Russian government entities associated with Russia’s chemical weapons program also have attempted to use NPO TRANSKOM to procure items to evade U.S. sanctions.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i) of E.O. 14024, the following entities are being designated for operating or having operated in the technology sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • SYSTEMS OF BIOLOGICAL SYNTHESIS LLC (SBS LLC) is a Russian company that supplies laboratory and industrial equipment and chemical reagents. SBS LLC has worked to supply equipment to 48th TSNII. SBS LLC was previously added to the Department of Commerce’s Entity List on June 2, 2022.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY LAB SERVICE (LAB SERVICE) is a Russian company that supplies, maintains, and repairs refurbished chromatography equipment. LAB SERVICE is closely associated with SBS LLC.
  • OBSHCHESTVO S OGRANICHENNOI OTVETSTVENNOSTIU TEKHNOLOGICHESKIE SISTEMY I SERVIS (OOO TSS) is a Russian company that supplies laboratory and technological equipment to scientific, educational, and manufacturing entities. OOO TSS has worked as a contractor for 48th TSNII.

DISRUPTING FUTURE ENERGY, METALS, AND MINING PRODUCTION

Further Constraining Russia’s Arctic LNG 2 Project

The Department continues to designate entities involved in the development of Russia’s future energy production and export capacity. Today, the Department is designating two vessel operators involved in the transport of highly specialized liquefied natural gas (LNG) modules and gravity-based structure (GBS) equipment designed specifically for Russia’s Arctic LNG 2 project. The Arctic LNG 2 project has relied on foreign service companies’ technology and maritime logistics support, and today’s actions are designed to further promote accountability for entities providing material support to LLC ARCTIC LNG 2, the operator of the Arctic LNG 2 project. In addition, the Department is designating two Russian companies providing maritime logistics and construction support for Russian energy projects, including Arctic LNG 2.

These actions follow the Department of State’s designation of LLC ARCTIC LNG 2 in November 2023, as well as multiple other entities involved in the development of the Arctic LNG 2 project. These designations have already hampered the project’s ability to export energy and resulted in significant increases in the project’s construction costs. Today’s actions demonstrate the United States’ continued resolve to constrain the Arctic LNG 2 project’s production and export capacity and limit third-party support to the project.

The Department is designating the following entity pursuant to section 1(a)(i) of E.O. 14024 for operating or having operated in the marine sector of the Russian Federation economy, and pursuant to section 1(a)(vi)(B) of E.O. 14024 for having materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of LLC ARCTIC LNG 2, an entity whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to E.O. 14024:

  • RED BOX ENERGY SERVICES PTE LTD (RED BOX) is a Singapore-based company that has provided LNG module transportation services for LLC ARCTIC LNG 2’s Arctic LNG 2 project. RED BOX is the operator and ship manager of the vessels AUDAX and PUGNAX. RED BOX was the operator and ship manager for the vessels when they loaded LNG modules for LLC ARCTIC LNG 2, conducted port calls, and discharged cargo at the Belokamenka LNG Construction Center owned and operated by U.S.-designated LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY NOVATEK MURMANSK. The most recent delivery of LNG modules for the Arctic LNG 2 project by vessels operated by RED BOX occurred in late February 2024, after the designation of LLC ARCTIC LNG 2 and LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY NOVATEK MURMANSK.

The following vessels are being identified as property in which RED BOX has an interest:

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i) of E.O. 14024, the following entity is being designated for operating or having operated in the marine sector of the Russian Federation economy and pursuant to section 1(a)(vi)(B) of E.O. 14024 for having materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, LLC ARCTIC LNG 2:

  • CFU SHIPPING CO LIMITED (CFU SHIPPING) is a Hong Kong-based shipping company that is the ship manager and operator of the HUNTER STAR, a heavy load carrier that delivered the final LNG module for the second production train of the Arctic LNG 2 project.

The following vessels are being identified as property in which CFU SHIPPING has an interest:

  • HUNTER STAR
  • NAN FENG ZHI XING

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i) of E.O. 14024, the following entity is being designated for operating or having operated in the marine sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • EKO SHIPPING LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (EKO LLC) conducts shipping and water transport related to the construction of infrastructure facilities in the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation, including for the Arctic LNG 2 project.

The following nine vessels are being identified as property in which EKO LLC has an interest:

  • ARCTICA 2
  • BERING
  • MYS FLORA
  • MYS DEZHNEVA
  • BARENTS
  • ANDREY OSIPOV
  • MIKHAIL BRITNEV
  • MYS SHMIDTA
  • MANGAZEYA

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i) of E.O. 14024, the following entity is being designated for operating or having operated in the construction sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • TRANSSTROY LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (TRANSSTROY) is a leading construction company operating in the Arctic and northern regions of Russia whose completed projects include work on LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY NOVATEK MURMANSK’s Belokamenka Shipyard.

The following vessels are being identified as property in which TRANSSTROY has an interest.

  • ARCTICA 1
  • MYS ZHELANIYA
  • VASILY LANOVOY

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i) of E.O. 14024, the following entity is being designated for operating or having operated in the technology sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • MODMER TRADING ULUSLARARASI ITHALAT VE IHRACAT LIMITED SIRKETI (MODMER TRADING) is a Türkiye-based supplier of U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security identified high priority items to Russia-based end users. These high priority items included static converters, connection boxes, sensor bases, and ball valves, which were supplied to LLC ARCTIC LNG 2.

Targeting a Major Russian Coal Company Network

The Department continues to designate entities involved in Russia’s metals and mining industry to further constrain Russia’s revenue generation and defense industrial base. Today, the Department is designating 12 entities within the Sibanthracite group of companies, one of Russia’s largest producers of metallurgical coal.

The Department is designating the following entities pursuant to section 1(a)(i) of E.O. 14024 for operating or having operated in the metals and mining sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY GDK BAIMSKAYA is developing the Baimskaya copper project—one of the largest undeveloped copper deposits in the world.
  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY RUDNIK KARALVEEM is a Russia-based gold mining company.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY RAZREZ KUZNETSKIY YUZHNYY is a Russia-based coal mining company within the Sibanthracite group of companies.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY RAZREZ MALINOVSKIY is a Russia-based coal mining company within the Sibanthracite group of companies.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY RAZREZ VOSTOCHNYY is a Russia-based coal mining company within the Sibanthracite group of companies.
  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY RAZREZ KOLYVANSKIY (RAZREZ KOLYVANSKIY) is a Russia-based coal mining company and a main mining asset within the Sibanthracite group of companies.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(vii) of E.O. 14024, the following six entities are being designated for being owned or controlled by, or having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, RAZREZ KOLYVANSKIY. They are all Russia-based subsidiaries of RAZREZ KOLYVANSKIY:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY LISTVYANSKIY ENRICHMENT COMPLEX
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY SOVREMENNYE GORNO TRANSPORTNYE TEKHNOLOGII
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY RAZREZ VERKHNETESHSKIY
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY SEVEROMUYSKIY TONNEL 2
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY SIBANTHRACITE PORT SERVICES
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY SIBANTHRACITE TEPLOSET
  • Pursuant to section 1(a)(i) of E.O. 14024, the following entity is being designated for operating or having operated in the management consulting sector of the Russian Federation economy:
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY MANAGEMENT COMPANY SIBANTHRACITE is a Russia-based management consulting company that manages companies within the Sibanthracite group of companies.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i) of E.O. 14024, the following entity is being designated for operating or having operated in the manufacturing sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • LLC SIBCAPITAL is a Russia-based company that bought the Sibanthracite group of companies’ assets.

FURTHER CONSTRAINING RUSSIA’S MILITARY INDUSTRIAL BASE

Continued Pressure on Rosatom

This is the seventh Russia sanctions action that includes designations of State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom (Rosatom) subsidiaries. These targets include Rosatom entities distributing machine tools for the enterprise.

The Department is designating the following entities pursuant to section 1(a)(vii) of E.O. 14024 for being owned or controlled by, or having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, the Government of the Russian Federation:  

  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY IPN STANKOSTROENIE is a Rosatom subsidiary responsible for the development and import substitution of machine tools.
  • RUSATOM MACHINE TOOLS JOINT STOCK COMPANY is a Rosatom subsidiary involved in the sale and distribution of machine tools.

Targeting Additional Entities Supporting the Russian Defense Industry

The Department of State is designating the following 20 entities and individuals pursuant to section 1(a)(i) of E.O. 14024 for operating or having operated in the defense and related materiel sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • SERGEY ANATOLYEVICH LUKIN is the General Director of Joint Stock Company Tula Cartridge Works, which was designated by the Department of the Treasury on July 20, 2023.
  • ALEKSEY GENNADIEVICH DUBONOSOV is the General Director of Tambovskii Porokhovoi Zavod and the former General Director of Aktsionernoe Obshchestvo Ulyanovskii Patronnyi Zavod, which were designated by the Department of the Treasury on July 20, 2023, and September 11, 2023, respectively.
  • SERGEY VIKTOROVICH PITIKOV is the General Director of Joint Stock Company Research and Production Corporation Konstruktorskoye Byuro Mashynostroyeniya, which was designated by the Department of State on March 3, 2022.
  • VALERY MIKHAILOVICH KASHIN is the General Designer of Joint Stock Company Research and Production Corporation Konstruktorskoye Byuro Mashynostroyeniya, which was designated by the Department of State on March 3, 2022.
  • VLADIMIR NIKOLAEVICH ROSHCHUPKIN is the Executive Director of NPK URALVAGONZAVOD.
  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY MUROM SPECIAL DESIGN BUREAU is associated with NPK URALVAGONZAVOD and has fulfilled contracts for vehicle simulators and training facilities for the Russian Ministry of Defense.
  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY TOMSK ELECTROTECHNICAL PLANT is a subsidiary of NPK URALVAGONZAVOD that manufactures fabricated metal products and electrical equipment for the Russian defense industrial base.
  • BORIS YAKOVLEVICH VOLOGDIN is the General Director of JOINT STOCK COMPANY TOMSK ELECTROTECHNICAL PLANT.
  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY URAL DESIGN BUREAU OF TRANSPORT ENGINEERING is a Russian defense company associated with NPK URALVAGONZAVOD that develops tanks and other combat vehicles for the Russian military.
  • ANDREY LEONIDOVICH TERLIKOV is the General Director of JOINT STOCK COMPANY URAL DESIGN BUREAU OF TRANSPORT ENGINEERING.
  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY BRYANSK AUTOMOBILE PLANT produces vehicles used as a transport base for Russian military anti-aircraft missile systems and radar technology.
  • ALEXEY BORISOVICH SDOBNOV is the Executive Director of JOINT STOCK COMPANY BRYANSK AUTOMOBILE PLANT.
  • RUSSIAN ALL TERRAIN VEHICLES PLASTUN COMPANY produces the Plastun-SN all-terrain vehicle used by the Russian military in Ukraine.
  • AUTOMOBILE PLANT URAL JOINT STOCK COMPANY (URALAZ) produces military vehicles, including the Ural-4320 and the Typhoon family of armored vehicles used by the Russian military in Ukraine.
  • PAVEL ALEXANDROVICH YAKOVLEV is the General Director of URALAZ.
  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY REMDIZEL produces armored vehicles including the Typhoon, Tornado, and Vystrel families for use by the Russian military.
  • VOLGOGRAD MACHINE BUILDING COMPANY LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY is the designer of armored vehicles used by the Russian military.
  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY PRODUCTION ENTERPRISE RADAR 2633 was founded by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation and conducts repairs of weapons, military equipment, and air defense systems.
  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY 99 PLANT OF AVIATION TECHNOLOGICAL EQUIPMENT repairs on-board equipment of the II-76, II-78, and Tu-22M3 military aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY TRADING PRODUCTION COMPANY ARGUS NV develops and produces night vision technology for use by the Russian military.

Targeting Machine Tools and Advanced Manufacturing Entities

The Department continues to take actions to disrupt and degrade Russia’s military industrial base and advanced manufacturing capabilities and today is designating entities involved in the manufacturing of weapons, ammunition, and associated materiel as well as in the development and distribution of advanced manufacturing technologies.

The Department of State is designating the following eleven entities and individuals pursuant to section 1(a)(i) of E.O. 14024 for operating or having operated in the manufacturing sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY UNIMATIK is a Russia-based computer numerical control (CNC) machine producer and wholesaler who is supplying Russian defense companies with CNC machines and related parts.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY ALTEGRITY is a Russia-based CNC machine wholesaler that is a subsidiary of UNIMATIK.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY VOPLOSHCHENIYE is a Russia-based additive manufacturing company.
  • ALEKSEI VIKTOROVICH BREDIKHIN is the General Director of LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY I MACHINE TECHNOLOGY, a Russian metal-cutting machine supplier which the Department of the Treasury designated on November 2, 2023 pursuant to E.O. 14024.
  • SFG BALTIKA is a Russian distributor of European- and Asian-produced high-tech turning lathes and milling, grinding, and electroerosion machines.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY INTERVESP M is a Russian supplier of various foreign machine producers.
  • LLC MASHIMPORT supplies foreign-produced industrial equipment to machine-trading companies in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States.
  • RBH TOOLS LTD is a Russian supplier of machine cutting tools.
  • SILVER TECHNOLOGY LIMITED is a Hong-Kong-based company that has shipped foreign-produced CNC parts valued in the tens of millions of dollars to the Russian CNC distributer OBSHCHESTVO S OGRANICHENNOI OTVETSTVENNOSTYU SFT, which the Department of the Treasury designated on November 2, 2023, pursuant to E.O. 14024.
  • LIMITED TRADE DEVELOPMENT MACHINE GROUP is a Russian supplier of metalworking equipment and electronics.
  • JOINT STOCK COMPANY URAL SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL COMPLEX is a Russian industrial company that manufactures metalworking and other industrial equipment.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i) of E.O. 14024, the following entities are being designated for operating or having operated in the technology sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY AY GOU 3DE is a Russia-based additive manufacturing company.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY INDIGO 3D is a Russia-based additive manufacturing company.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY SOVREMENNOE OBORUDOVANIE is a Russia-based additive manufacturing company.

COUNTERING SANCTIONS EVASION AND CIRCUMVENTION EFFORTS

The Department continues to disrupt the networks and channels through which Russia attempts to procure technology and equipment from third countries to support its war effort. Specifically, these designations target producers, exporters, and importers of items critical to Russia’s defense industrial base, including items on the Common High Priority List (CHPL) identified by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), alongside the EU, UK, and Japan. Entities based in the PRC, Malaysia, the Krygyz Republic, and Türkiye, among other countries, continue to send these items and other key dual-use goods to Russia, including critical components that Russia relies on for its weapons systems. We are particularly concerned by the scale and breadth of such exports from the PRC. Russia has continued to leverage sanctions evasion and circumvention networks to procure aviation and microelectronic components in an effort to sustain its military industrial base and aviation industry through the expropriation of U.S. and European aircraft.

Targeting an Air Carrier Supporting Procurement of Controlled Items

The Department of State continues to designate Russian and third-country entities involved in the procurement of U.S. export-controlled aviation and electronic components. Today’s designation of the Russian air carrier, LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY AVIAKOMPANIYA POBEDA (POBEDA), follows previous actions taken by the Department of State to degrade Russian aviation procurement networks.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i) of E.O. 14024, the following entity is being designated for operating or having operated in the aerospace sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • POBEDA is a wholly owned Russian subsidiary of Russian airline Aeroflot. POBEDA operates U.S.- and EU-made aircraft, including those seized by Russia from foreign leasing companies. In March 2023, POBEDA was listed on the Department of Commerce’s BIS Export Violations List and, as a result, is heavily reliant on sanctions evasion and procurement networks to obtain G7-origin aircraft parts. In 2023, POBEDA also imported and carried over $1 million dollars of U.S.-origin, BIS-identified components, including from U.S.-designated entities A T S HEAVY EQUIPMENT AND MACHINERY SPARE PARTS TRADING, CRYNOFIST AVIATION FZCO, ALPHA VISIT SHOP DIS TICARET LIMITED, and POLARSTAR LOGISTICS LLC (POLARSTAR). These entities have all previously supplied Russia-based end-users with controlled aviation components. Additionally, POBEDA has operated as a known consignee for the transportation of aircraft parts from India to Russia as recently as January 2024 through its continued cooperation with U.S.-sanctioned entity, Iran-based Mahan Air. POBEDA’s continued export control violations and support to sanctions evasion networks have aided and abetted Russia’s continued illegal efforts to expropriate Western-origin aircraft and aviation components.

Targeting PRC Entities Supporting Russia’s Defense Industrial Base

The Department is designating several People’s Republic of China (PRC) entities responsible for developing, and supplying dual-use aerospace, manufacturing, and technology equipment to entities based in Russia. Specifically, these designations target producers and exporters of items critical to Russia’s defense-industrial base, some of whom have shipped goods to U.S.-designated entities in Russia.

The Department is designating the following entities pursuant to section 1(a)(i) of E.O. 14024 for operating or having operated in the technology sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • MORNSUN GUANGZHOU SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CO LTD (MORNSUN) is a PRC-based supplier of Tier 1 and Tier 3.A items on the BIS Common High Priority List to Russia-based end users. Items MORNSUN has supplied include electronic integral monolithic circuits. One of the Russia-based companies that received components from MORNSUN was identified as a supplier to a Russia-based entity that specializes in the production and marketing of airborne equipment for military aircraft, such as airborne weapons control radars for Russian fighter aircraft.
  • YANTAI IRAY TECHNOLOGY CO LTD (IRAY) is a PRC-based supplier of Tier 3 and Tier 4 items on the BIS Common High Priority List to Russia-based end-users. Items IRAY supplied to Russian-based end-users include telescopic thermal sights. One of the Russia-based companies that received components from IRAY markets military thermal imagers, including IRAY’s products.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i) of E.O. 14024, the following entity is being designated for operating or having operated in the manufacturing sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • ANYANG FORGING PRESS NUMERICAL CONTROL EQUIPMENT CO LTD is a PRC-based company that exported manufacturing components to the U.S.-designated, Russia-based PUBLIC JOINT STOCK COMPANY CHELYABINSK FORGE AND PRESS PLANT in 2023.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i) of E.O. 14024, the following entity is being designated for operating or having operated in the aerospace sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • CHONGQING ZONGSHEN AERO ENGINE MANUFACTURING CO LTD is a PRC-based company that has supplied Russian firms, including the U.S. designated, Russia-based AKTSIONERNOE OBSHCHESTVO TASKOM, with products such as aviation engines.

Other Third-Country Entities Supporting Russia’s War Effort

Today, the Department is also designating multiple companies in Türkiye, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Malaysia that have shipped BIS Common High Priority List items to companies based in Russia. Entities and individuals based in Russia, including those affiliated with the Russian Ministry of Defense, continue to establish shell companies and leverage intermediaries in third countries to violate export controls and procure these high priority items. For example, in many of the procurement schemes investigated by the Department of State, Russian nationals have been identified as the owner and director of the Russia-based companies receiving Common High Priority List items. These Russian nationals also act as the directors for the intermediary companies, often transshiping these components from third countries. Today’s actions are designed to impose costs on non-Russian entities and individuals facilitating the Russian Federation’s procurement of dual-use items, as well as for Russian nationals seeking to exploit the corporate environment of third countries to engage in illicit procurement schemes.

The Department of State is designating the following entities pursuant to section 1(a)(i) of E.O. 14024 for operating or having operated in the technology sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • GQ SOLUTION ELEKTRONIK EKIPMAN LIMITED SIRKETI (GQ SOLUTION) is a Türkiye-based entity that has supplied Russia-based companies with electronic components. The Department of Justice has additionally filed a forfeiture complaint against a set of landing gear that was detained in September 2023 at Miami International Airport by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. This landing gear was allegedly being acquired by GQ SOLUTION on behalf of the U.S.-sanctioned entity LLC RM DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT.
  • LSS GLOBAL INSAAT SANAYI VE TICARET LIMITED SIRKETI is a Türkiye-based company that supplied Common High Priority List items to companies based in Russia.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY PROFFLAB (PROFFLAB) is a Kyrgyz Republic-based company that supplied U.S.-origin electronic components to companies based in Russia. In February 2024, PROFFLAB was added to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Entity List for its provision of support to Russia’s industrial sector by procuring U.S.-origin machine tools, electronics test equipment, and machine tool spare parts for Russian end-users without required BIS-licenses.
  • IDA ASANSOR SANAYII VE TICARET LIMITED SIRKETI is a Türkiye-based company that has supplied BIS-identified Common High Priority List items to companies based in Russia.
  • ASAY IC VE DIS TICARET LIMITED SIRKETI is a Türkiye-based company that supplied Common High Priority List items to companies based in Russia, including U.S.-designated, Russia-based company AKTSIONERNOE OBSHCHESTVO TASKOM.
  • JATRONICS SDN BHD is a Malaysia-based company that has supplied Common High Priority List items to companies based in Russia.
  • UZAY GROUP DIS TICARET LIMITED SIRKETI (UZAY GROUP) is a Turkiye-based supplier of Tier 2 and Tier 3 identified items on the Common High Priority List to Russia-based end users. UZAY GROUP supplied various EU-origin components including circuits and industrial switchboards to Russia-based entities. These components are also subject to EU export controls.
  • TRO YA LLC is a Kyrgyz Republic-based entity engaged in the shipment of microelectronics for Russia-based end-users, including U.S.-designated, Russia-based company OCEAN ELECTRONICS LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. In May 2023, TRO YA LLC was listed on the Department of Commerce’s Entity List in May 2023 for possible Export Administration Regulation violations.
  • EVOL GROUP TR YAZILIM LIMITED (EVOL GROUP) is a Türkiye-based company that has exported Common High Priority List items to Russia-based PTK APRIORI. EVOL GROUP was founded and is owned by a Russian national, who is also the sole shareholder of PTK APRIORI.
  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY PROIZVODSTVENNO-TORGOVAYA KOMPANIYA APRIORI (PTK APRIORI) is a Russia-based production and trading company that receives Common High Priority List items from EVOL GROUP.
  • MARTEN EA TRADING INSAAT VE DIS TICARET PAZARLAMA LIMITED SIRKETI (MARTEN EA) is a Türkiye-based company that supplied Common High Priority List items to companies based in Russia.
  • BELLUGA IC VE DIS TICARET LIMITED SIRKETI (BELLUGA) is a Türkiye-based company that supplied Common High Priority List items to companies based in Russia.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i) of E.O. 14024, the following entity is being designated for operating or having operated in the transportation sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY SANSARA is a Russia-based transportation services company that received Common High Priority List items from MARTEN EA.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i) of E.O. 14024, the following entity is being designated for operating or having operated in the aerospace sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • NA HAVACILIK VE TEKNIK TICARET LIMITED SIRKETI (NA HAVACILIK) is a Turkiye-based company that has supplied U.S.-origin Common High Priority List items to companies based in Russia.

Pursuant to section 1(a)(i) of E.O. 14024, the following entity is being designated for operating or having operated in the manufacturing sector of the Russian Federation economy:

  • LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY EMS EKSPERT (EMS EKSPERT) is a Russia-based electronics manufacturing company that receives Common High Priority List items from BELLUGA, which is also being designated today.

PROMOTING ACCOUNTABILITY FOR MALIGN ACTORS

The Department of State is sanctioning three additional individuals in connection with the death of opposition politician and anticorruption activist Aleksey Navalny. These individuals have also been sanctioned by the European Union.

The Department of State is designating the following three individuals pursuant to section 1(a)(iii)(A) of E.O. 14024 for being or having been leaders, officials, senior executive officers, or members of the board of directors of the Government of the Russian Federation:

  • ALEKSANDR ALEKSANDROVICH MUKHANOV (MUKHANOV) is the Director of the IK-2 correctional colony in Russia where Navalny was held for the majority of his imprisonment. MUKHANOV oversaw a regime of harsh conditions related to Navalny’s imprisonment, including disallowing doctors into the colony.
  • YURIY KONOVEEV (KONOVEEV) is the Head of the solitary confinement detachment and the Head of the Department of Educational Work at correctional colony No. 3 (IK-3), where Navalny was imprisoned for two months prior to his death. KONOVEEV oversaw the cells where Navalny was kept in solitary confinement as well as the walking yard where Navalny allegedly collapsed and died.
  • ALEKSEY VASILYEVICH LISYUK (LISYUK) is the Head of the Medical Unit at IK-3. LISYUK was responsible for Navalny’s health while imprisoned at IK-3 as well as Navalny’s health in the immediate aftermath of his collapse.

SANCTIONS IMPLICATIONS

As a result of today’s sanctions-related actions, and in accordance with E.O. 14024, as amended, all property and interests in property of the sanctioned persons described above that are in the United States or in possession or control of U.S. persons are blocked and must be reported to the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Additionally, all individuals or entities that have ownership, either directly or indirectly, 50 percent or more by one or more blocked persons are also blocked.

All transactions by U.S. persons or within (or transiting) the United States that involve any property or interests in property of designated or otherwise blocked persons are prohibited unless authorized by a general or specific license issued by OFAC or exempt. These prohibitions include the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any blocked person and the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person.

The power and integrity of U.S. government sanctions derive not only from the U.S. government’s ability to designate and add persons to the SDN List, but also from its willingness to remove persons from the SDN List consistent with the law. The ultimate goal of sanctions is not to punish, but to bring about a positive change in behavior.

Petitions for removal from the SDN List may be sent to: [email protected]. Petitioners may also refer to the Department of State’s Delisting Guidance page.

Official news published at https://www.state.gov/imposing-new-measures-on-russia-for-its-full-scale-war-and-use-of-chemical-weapons-against-ukraine-2/

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