Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, many countries, including the United States, the European Union, and the United Kingdom, unveiled the most punitive penalties to date against Russia, the latest in a barrage of sanctions rolled out in response to the country’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Japan, Taiwan, Australia, and New Zealand have followed suit.
The new sanctions, which were announced on Saturday, are aimed squarely at Russia's central bank and aim to stifle the country's access to the global financial system. They are intended to isolate the Russian economy, building on recent sanctions targeting oligarchs, banks, high-tech companies, and aircraft manufacturers.
We look at the latest developments in finance and the economy and how your teams can make sure you’re prepared for these changes.
The assets of Russian President Vladimir Putin, his Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, as well as the FSB security chief Alexander Bortnikov, the commander of the armed forces Valery Gerasimov, and members of the Kremlin's security council, have been frozen in the EU, US, and the UK.
The EU has imposed sanctions on all 351 members of Russia's parliament, the Duma; the US and UK, as well as Australia, Japan, and New Zealand, have targeted specific members.
The UK has imposed a £50,000 limit on Russian bank accounts in the UK, and the EU has imposed a €100,000 limit in EU banks.
More than a dozen billionaire oligarchs with ties to Putin's regime are on asset freeze, and travel ban lists around the world, including Andrey Patrushev (oil company Rosneft), Petr Fradkov (Promsvyazbank), Yury Slyusar (United Aircraft), Boris Rotenberg (gas pipeline company SMP), Denis Bortnikov (VTB bank), and Kirill Shamalov, Putin's daughter Kat Top state-owned bank executives from VTB and Sberbank have also been sanctioned by the US. Canada and Australia have also sanctioned multiple oligarchs.
Finance and Economy
The European Union, the United States, the UK and Canada have agreed to "prevent the Russian central bank from using its international reserves in ways that undermine the impact of our sanctions." To "paralyse its assets," the EU has since banned all transactions with the institution, which has €640 billion in reserves.
Russian state-owned companies' shares are no longer traded on European stock exchanges, and the Russian government is effectively barred from raising sovereign debt in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.
The EU, US, UK, and Canada are also removing several Russian banks from the Swift international payments system. Their names have not yet been revealed. This, according to Brussels, will "prevent them from operating globally and effectively block Russian exports and imports."
The US has imposed restrictions on Russia's top ten financial institutions, which account for about 80% of its banking sector, including prohibiting the largest – Sberbank, which accounts for about 30% of Russian banking – and its subsidiaries from transacting through the US system.
Many other Russian banks' assets have been subjected to strict asset freezes and new business restrictions in the EU, UK, US, and elsewhere, including VTB, the country's second-largest bank, Bank Rossiya, and Promsvyazbank.
Learn more about the United States Department of Justice.
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When doing business with customers from Russia or with ties to Russia, businesses must ensure that they are not breaking international sanctions.
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This entails putting in place a suitable sanctions screening solution that is kept up to date with the most recent sanctions data and supports the Russian language via translation and transliteration.
The specific challenges of screening potential Russian sanctions targets, such as non-Western naming conventions, non-Latinate characters, and the use of nicknames and aliases, should all be taken into account for effective sanctions screening.
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