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OFAC’s Belarus program gets more folks, Iraq loses some

Today, OFAC added the following person:

KAZAKEVICH, Henadz Arkadzievich (Cyrillic: КАЗАКЕВIЧ, Генадзь Аркадзьевiч) (a.k.a. KAZAKEVICH, Genadz Arkadzievich; a.k.a. KAZAKEVICH, Gennadi; a.k.a. KAZAKEVICH, Gennadi Arkadievich (Cyrillic: КАЗАКЕВИЧ, Геннадий Аркадьевич); a.k.a. KAZAKEVICH, Gennady (Cyrillic: КАЗАКЕВИЧ, Геннадий); a.k.a. KAZAKEVICH, Gennady Arkadyevich; a.k.a. KAZAKEVICH, Henadz), Minsk, Belarus; DOB 14 Feb 1975; POB Minsk, Belarus; nationality Belarus; Gender Male (individual) [BELARUS]. 

and entities:

CENTRAL COMMISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS ON ELECTIONS AND HOLDING REPUBLICAN REFERENDA (a.k.a. BELARUSIAN CENTRAL ELECTION COMMISSION; a.k.a. CEC BELARUS; a.k.a. TSENTRALNAYA KAMISIYA RESPUBLIKI BELARUS PA VYBARAKH I PRAVYADZENNI RESPUBLIKANSKIKH REFERENDUMAU (Cyrillic: ЦЭНТРАЛЬНАЯ КАМІСІЯ РЭСПУБЛІКІ БЕЛАРУСЬ ПА ВЫБАРАХ І ПРАВЯДЗЕННІ РЭСПУБЛІКАНСКІХ РЭФЕРЭНДУМАЎ); a.k.a. TSENTRALNAYA KOMISSIYA RESPUBLIKI BELARUS PO VYBORAM I PROVEDENIYU RESPUBLIKANSKIKH REFERENDUMOV (Cyrillic: ЦЕНТРАЛЬНАЯ КОМИССИЯ РЕСПУБЛИКИ БЕЛАРУСЬ ПО ВЫБОРАМ И ПРОВЕДЕНИЮ РЕСПУБЛИКАНСКИХ РЕФЕРЕНДУМОВ)), 11 Sovetskaya St., House of Government, Minsk 220010, Belarus [BELARUS]. 
 
KGB ALPHA (Cyrillic: КГБ АЛЬФА) (a.k.a. ALFA SPETZNAZ; a.k.a. KGB ALFA; a.k.a. “ALPHA GROUP”; a.k.a. “ALPHA UNIT”), Minsk, Belarus [BELARUS]. 
 
MAIN INTERNAL AFFAIRS DIRECTORATE OF THE MINSK CITY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (Cyrillic: ГЛАВНОЕ УПРАВЛЕНИЕ ВНУТРЕННИХ ДЕЛ МИНСКОГО ГОРОДСКОГО ИСПОЛНИТЕЛЬНОГО КОМИТЕТА) (a.k.a. GLAVNOYE UPRAVLENIE VNUTRENNIKH DEL MINSKOVO GORISPOLKOMA; a.k.a. MINSK GUVD (Cyrillic: ГУВД МИНСК); a.k.a. THE GENERAL DIRECTORATE OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS OF MINSK CITY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE), Dobromislenski Lane, 5, Minsk, Belarus (Cyrillic: пер.Добромысленский,5, г.Минск, Belarus); Tax ID No. 100582346 (Belarus) [BELARUS]. 
 
MINSK SPECIAL PURPOSE POLICE UNIT (Cyrillic: МИНСКИЙ ОТРЯД МИЛИЦИИ ОСОБОГО НАЗНАЧЕНИЯ) (a.k.a. MINSK OMON (Cyrillic: МИНСК ОМОН); a.k.a. MINSK OTRYAD MILITSII OSOBOVO NAZNACHENIYA; a.k.a. MINSK SPECIAL PURPOSE MOBILE UNIT; a.k.a. MINSK SPECIAL TASK POLICE FORCE), Heroes of the 120th Division St, 42, Minsk, Belarus (Cyrillic: ул.Героев 120-й дивизии, 42, г.Минск, Belarus) [BELARUS]. 

to its Belarus sanctions program , while removing:

AL-KHAFAJI, Sabah, 254 Rue Adolphe Pajeaud, Antony 92160, France (individual) [IRAQ2]. 
 
BABIL INTERNATIONAL, Aeroport D’Orly, Orly Aerogare 94390, France [IRAQ2]. 

from its Iraq program. Notably, RAFIDAIN BANK, which the UN Sanctions Committee just removed recently, is not one of those removed (it’s not on the SDN List).

And Treasury said this:

PRESS RELEASES

Treasury Sanctions Additional Belarusian Regime Actors for Undermining Democracy

Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated one individual and four entities for their roles in the fraudulent August 9, 2020, presidential election in Belarus and the subsequent violent crackdown on peaceful pro-democracy protests. These designations, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13405, target individuals and entities who are responsible for, or have participated in, actions or policies that undermine democratic processes or institutions in Belarus.

“The Belarusian people continually seek to peacefully exercise their basic democratic rights, and the state repeatedly responds with violent crackdowns,” said Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. “This action, in conjunction with those taken previously by the United States and our international partners, continue to hold accountable the individuals and organizations carrying out these unacceptable actions.”

TREASURY TARGETS COMMISSION RESPONSIBLE FOR UNDERMINING ELECTIONS IN BELARUS

The Central Commission of the Republic of Belarus on Elections and Holding Republican Referenda (Belarusian CEC) led by Chairwoman Lidziya Yarmoshina, Deputy Chairperson Vadzim Ipatau, and Secretary Alena Dmukhayla, all three previously sanctioned, managed the fraudulent August 9 presidential election. The election included a myriad of irregularities that made it neither free nor fair, including barring opposition candidates, denying access to poll observers, and certifying inaccurate vote tallies.

The Belarusian CEC is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13405 for being responsible for, or having participated in, actions or policies that undermine democratic processes or institutions in Belarus.

TREASURY TARGETS PERPETRATORS OF VIOLENT CRACKDOWN

As Deputy Minister of the Interior and Chief of the Criminal Police, Henadz Arkadzievich Kazakevich (Kazakevich) was responsible for the actions of the Criminal Police in their role of carrying out previously sanctioned Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s policy of violently cracking down on pro-democracy protests in Belarus.

Kazakevich is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13405 for being responsible for, or having participated in, actions or policies that undermine democratic processes or institutions in Belarus.

The Minsk Special Purpose Police Unit (Minsk OMON), the Main Internal Affairs Directorate of the Minsk City Executive Committee (Minsk GUVD), and KGB Alphahave been involved in the violent post-election crackdown on and suppression of peaceful protests in Minsk. The Minsk OMON, the riot police whose leader Dzmitriy Balaba was previously designated on October 2, 2020 pursuant to E.O. 13405, has repeatedly used excessive force and brute violence against protesters, detainees, and journalists in Minsk. The Minsk OMON is a subordinate unit of the Minsk GUVD, the Ministry of Interior’s branch in the city of Minsk. KGB Alpha, an elite unit of Belarus’s secret services, has served alongside and supplemented the Minsk OMON in the violent crackdown on protests in the capital city.

The Minsk OMON, the Minsk GUVD, and KGB Alpha are being designated pursuant to E.O. 13405 for being responsible for, or for having participated in, actions or policies that undermine democratic processes or institutions in Belarus.

SANCTIONS IMPLICATIONS

As a result of today’s action, all property and interests in property of the persons above that are in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons are blocked and must be reported to OFAC. In addition, any entities that are owned, directly or indirectly, 50 percent or more by one or more blocked persons are also blocked. Unless authorized by a general or specific license issued by OFAC, or otherwise exempt, OFAC’s regulations generally prohibit 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. The prohibitions include the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any blocked person or the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person.

View identifying information on the individuals designated today.

For more information regarding the scope of any sanctions program’s requirements please contact OFAC’s Sanction Compliance and Evaluation Division at (800) 540-6322 or (202) 622-2490, or by email at OFAC_Feedback@treasury.gov.

As did State (notice they also imposed visa restrictions on 39 others):

Today, the United States is taking action against individuals and entities involved in efforts to undermine Belarusian democracy. Specifically, the U.S. Departments of State and of Treasury have exercised their respective authorities against 40 individuals and four entities involved in electoral fraud and human rights abuses surrounding the fraudulent election in Belarus in August, and the authorities’ subsequent, brutal crackdown.
In this most recent action, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has sanctioned one individual and four entities for their roles in the fraudulent August 9, 2020 presidential election and the subsequent violent crackdown, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13405. The individual and entities are responsible for, or have participated in, actions or policies that undermine democratic processes or institutions in Belarus. To date, OFAC has sanctioned 25 Belarusian individuals and 13 entities under E.O. 13405.
In addition, the U.S. Department of State has taken action pursuant to Presidential Proclamation (PP) 8015 to identify 39 individuals responsible for undermining Belarusian democracy and has imposed visa restrictions on them. To date, the U.S. Department of State has imposed visa restrictions pursuant to PP 8015 on a total of 63 individuals for their involvement in undermining democracy in Belarus, in the fraudulent August 9 presidential election, and in the subsequent violent crackdown that continues to this day.
The United States continues to support international efforts to independently investigate electoral irregularities in Belarus, the human rights abuses surrounding the election, and the crackdown that has followed. We stand with the brave people of Belarus and support their right to free and fair elections.

Links:

OFAC Notice

Treasury Press Release

State Department Press Release

Categories: Belarus Sanctions Iraq Sanctions OFAC Updates Sanctions Lists State Department Updates Visa Restrictions

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