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OFAC’s Belarus response: a new E.O., a G.L. and FAQs – and designations, of course

Today, President signed a new Belarus sanctions Executive Order. It blocks the assets of the following persons, if so designated by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State:

(i) to be or have been a leader, official, senior executive officer, or member of the board of directors of:
(A) an entity that has, or whose members have, engaged in any of the activities described in subsections (v)(A)-(E) of this section or section 1(a)(ii)(A)-(C) of Executive Order 13405; or
(B) an entity whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order or Executive Order 13405;

(ii) to be a political subdivision, agency, or instrumentality of the Government of Belarus;

(iii) to be or have been a leader or official of the Government of Belarus;

(iv) to operate or have operated in the defense and related materiel sector, security sector, energy sector, potassium chloride (potash) sector, tobacco products sector, construction sector, or transportation sector of the economy of Belarus, or any other sector of the Belarus economy as may be determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State;

(v) to be responsible for or complicit in, or to have directly or indirectly engaged or attempted to engage in, any of the following:
(A) actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, stability, or territorial integrity of Belarus;

(B) actions or policies that prohibit, limit, or penalize the exercise of human rights and fundamental freedoms (including freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly, association, religion or belief, and movement) by individuals in Belarus, or that limit access to the Internet or print, online, or broadcast media in Belarus;
(C) electoral fraud or other actions or policies that undermined the electoral process in a Republic of Belarus election;
(D) deceptive or structured transactions or dealings to circumvent any United States sanctions by or for or on behalf of, or for the benefit of, directly or indirectly, the Government of Belarus or any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order or Executive Order 13405; or
(E) public corruption related to Belarus.

(vi) to have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, any activity described in subsections (v)(A)-(E) of this section or any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; or

(vii) to be owned or controlled by, or to have acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, the Government of Belarus or any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order.

So, the order is a little funky, so let me recap a bit easier:

A) Anyone who has been involved in the specific activities in subsection v)

B) Any executive/official/leader/etc of entities whose members have been involved in those activities in subsection v) – or the ones listed in Executive Order 13405

C) any party providing support or assistance, et al in furtherance of the activities listed in subsection v)

D) Any executive/official/leader/etc of entities already blocked under Executive 13405

E) Any identifiable piece of the Belarusian government, or any current or former official of the government

F) Any party operating in the defense/defense material, security, energy, potash, tobacco, construction or transportation sector – or any other sector for which the Treasury Secretary issues a Determination for (e.g. as he has done under programs such as Iran or Venezuela

G) Any party owned or controlled by, or operating on behalf of, etc. the Belarus government, or anyone sanctioned under this order, or Executive Order 13405

OFAC then designated the following persons:

ALEKSIN, Aliaksey Ivanavich (Cyrillic: АЛЕКСIН, Аляксей Iванавiч) (a.k.a. ALEKSIN, Aliaksei; a.k.a. ALEKSIN, Aliaksey (Cyrillic: АЛЕКСIН, Аляксей); a.k.a. OLEKSIN, Aleksey; a.k.a. OLEKSIN, Alexei; a.k.a. OLEKSIN, Alexei Ivanovich (Cyrillic: ОЛЕКСИН, Алексей Иванович); a.k.a. OLEKSIN, Alexey), Lyn'kova Street, 43-51, Minsk 220124, Belarus; DOB 29 Oct 1966; nationality Belarus; Gender Male (individual) [BELARUS]. 

AURAMENKA, Aliaksei Mikalaevich (Cyrillic: АЎРАМЕНКА, Аляксей Мiкалаевiч) (a.k.a. AVRAMENKO, Aleksey; a.k.a. AVRAMENKO, Aleksey Nikolaevich; a.k.a. AVRAMENKO, Alexey Nikolaevich (Cyrillic: АВРАМЕНКО, Алексей Николаевич)), Minsk, Belarus; DOB 11 May 1977; POB Minsk, Belarus; nationality Belarus; Gender Male; Passport MP3102183 (Belarus); National ID No. 3110577A020PB2 (Belarus) (individual) [BELARUS-EO].

AZEMSHA, Siarhei Yakaulevich (Cyrillic: АЗЕМША, Сяргей Якаўлевiч) (a.k.a. AZEMSHA, Sergei Yakovlevich (Cyrillic: АЗЕМША, Сергей Яковлевич)), Minsk, Belarus; DOB 17 Jul 1974; POB Rechitsa, Gomel Oblast, Belarus; nationality Belarus; Gender Male (individual) [BELARUS-EO].

BUNAKOV, Andrei Nikolayevich (Cyrillic: БУНАКОВ, Андрей Николаевич) (a.k.a. BUNAKOV, Andrei (Cyrillic: БУНАКОВ, Андрей); a.k.a. BUNAKOV, Andrey), Belarus; DOB 05 Jul 1971; POB Svetlogorsk, Gomel Oblast, Belarus; nationality Belarus; Gender Male (individual) [BELARUS].

BYCHAK, Kanstantsin Fiodaravich (Cyrillic: БЫЧАК, Канстанцiн Федаравiч) (a.k.a. BYCHEK, Konstantin Fedorovich (Cyrillic: БЫЧЕК, Константин Федорович)), ul. Kazimirovskaya, 3-3, Minsk, Belarus; DOB 20 Sep 1985; nationality Belarus; Gender Male (individual) [BELARUS-EO].

CHURO, Leanid Mikalaevich (Cyrillic: ЧУРО, Леанiд Мiкалаевiч) (a.k.a. CHURO, Leonid Nikolaevich (Cyrillic: ЧУРО, Леонид Николаевич)), Minsk, Belarus; DOB 08 Jul 1956; citizen Belarus; Gender Male; Passport P4289481 (Belarus); Identification Number 3080756A068PB5 (Belarus) (individual) [BELARUS-EO].

DAVYDZKA, Genadz Branislavavich (Cyrillic: ДАВЫДЗЬКА, Генадзь Бранiслававiч) (a.k.a. DAVYDKO, Gennadi Bronislavovich (Cyrillic: ДАВЫДЬКO, Геннадий Брониславович); a.k.a. DAVYDKO, Gennady), Minsk, Belarus; DOB 29 Sep 1955; POB Popovka village, Senno/Sjanno, Vitebsk Region, Belarus; nationality Belarus; Gender Male; Passport MP2156098 (Belarus) (individual) [BELARUS-EO].

DRYL, Hleb Uladzimiravich (Cyrillic: ДРЫЛЬ, Глеб Уладзіміравіч) (a.k.a. DRIL, Gleb Vladimirovich (Cyrillic: ДРИЛЬ, Глеб Владимирович); a.k.a. DRIL, Gleb Vladimirovitj; a.k.a. DRYL, Gleb; a.k.a. DRYL, Hleb Uladzimiravitj), Shugaeva, 27-69, Minsk, Belarus (Cyrillic: Шугаева, 27-69, Минск, Belarus); DOB 12 May 1980; nationality Belarus; Gender Male; National ID No. 3120580A003PB0 (Belarus) (individual) [BELARUS-EO].

HAIDUKEVICH, Aleh Siarheevich (Cyrillic: ГАЙДУКЕВIЧ, Алег Сяргеевiч) (a.k.a. GAIDUKEVICH, Oleg Sergeevich (Cyrillic: ГАЙДУКЕВИЧ, Олег Сергеевич)), Minsk, Belarus; DOB 26 Mar 1977; POB Minsk, Belarus; nationality Belarus; Gender Male; Passport MP2663333 (Belarus); National Foreign ID Number 3260377A081PB9 (Belarus) (individual) [BELARUS-EO].

HARA, Dzmitry Iurevich (Cyrillic: ГАРА, Дзмітрый Юр'евіч) (a.k.a. GORA, Dmitri; a.k.a. GORA, Dmitry Iurevich (Cyrillic: ГОРА, Дмитрий Юрьевич); a.k.a. GORA, Dmitry Yurievich), Minsk, Belarus; DOB 04 May 1970; POB Tbilisi, Georgia; nationality Belarus; Gender Male (individual) [BELARUS-EO].

KARIC, Nebojsa (Cyrillic: КАРИЧ, Небойша), Palm Jumeirah, Tiara Residence, Emerald Bldg, Apt. 1102, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; DOB 07 Feb 1979; nationality Serbia; alt. nationality Cyprus; Gender Male; Passport HG043863 (Cyprus) (individual) [BELARUS-EO].

KENIUKH, Ihar Ryhoravich (Cyrillic: КЕНЮХ, Iгар Рыгоравіч) (a.k.a. KENIUKH, Igor Grigorevich (Cyrillic: КЕНЮХ, Игорь Григорьевич); a.k.a. KENJUCH, Igor Grigorjevitj; a.k.a. KENJUCH, Ihar Ryhoravitj), Budyonnovo, 15-36, Minsk, Belarus (Cyrillic: Будённого, 15-36, Минск, Belarus); Magnitaya, 30-20, Minsk, Belarus (Cyrillic: Магнитная, 30-20, Минск, Belarus); DOB 21 Jan 1980; POB Homel Oblast, Belarus; nationality Belarus; Gender Male; National ID No. 3210180H066PB2 (Belarus); Tax ID No. AB9050449 (Belarus) (individual) [BELARUS-EO].

KHORONEKO, Vyacheslav Vasilyevich (Cyrillic: ХОРОНЕКО, Вячеслав Васильевич) (a.k.a. KHARANEKA, Viacheslau (Cyrillic: ХАРАНЕКА, Вячаслаў)), Minsk, Belarus; DOB 1964; POB Minsk, Belarus; nationality Belarus; Gender Male (individual) [BELARUS-EO].

LAPYR, Uladzimir Iosifavich (Cyrillic: ЛАПЫР, Уладзімір Іосіфавіч) (a.k.a. LAPYR, Uladzimir Iosifavitj; a.k.a. LAPYR, Vladimir Iosifovich; a.k.a. LAPYR, Vladimir Iosifovitj; a.k.a. LAPYR, Vladimir Yosifovich (Cyrillic: ЛАПЫРЬ, Владимир Иосифович)), Severnaya ulitsa, 51, Miory, Belarus (Cyrillic: Северная улица, 51, Миоры, Belarus); DOB 21 Aug 1977; nationality Belarus; Gender Male (individual) [BELARUS-EO].

LYASHENKO, Igor Vasilyevich (Cyrillic: ЛЯШЕНКО, Игорь Васильевич) (a.k.a. LIASHENKA, Ihar Vasilevich (Cyrillic: ЛЯШЭНКА, Ігар Васільевіч); a.k.a. LYASHENKO, Igor (Cyrillic: ЛЯШЕНКО, Игорь)), Belarus; DOB 05 Nov 1974; POB Ochamchire, Georgia; nationality Belarus; Gender Male (individual) [BELARUS].

RYBAKOV, Andrei Alekseevich (Cyrillic: РЫБАКОВ, Андрей Алексеевич) (a.k.a. RYBAKOU, Andrei; a.k.a. RYBAKOU, Andrei Aliakseevich (Cyrillic: РЫБАКОЎ, Андрэй Аляксеевіч)), Minsk, Belarus; DOB 11 Jul 1976; POB Mahilyow, Belarus; nationality Belarus; Gender Male (individual) [BELARUS].

SHAKUTA, Dzmitry (a.k.a. SHAKUTA, Dmitry Shok; a.k.a. SHAKUTA, Dmitry Viktorovich (Cyrillic: ШАКУТА, Дмитрий Викторович); a.k.a. SHAKUTA, Dzmitriy Viktaravich (Cyrillic: ШАКУТА, Дзмітрый Віктаравіч)), Minsk, Belarus; DOB 07 Aug 1980; POB Minsk, Belarus; nationality Belarus; Gender Male; National ID No. 3070880A011PB2 (Belarus); Tax ID No. AA1917617 (Belarus) (individual) [BELARUS].

SHANDAROVICH, Oleg Stanislavovich (Cyrillic: ШАНДАРОВИЧ, Олег Станиславович), Minsk, Belarus; DOB 25 May 1973; POB Mahilyow, Belarus; nationality Belarus; Gender Male (individual) [BELARUS-EO].

SHAPETSKA, Yauhen Andreevich (Cyrillic: ШАПЕЦЬКА, Яўген Андрэевiч) (a.k.a. SHAPETKO, Evgeniy Andreevich (Cyrillic: ШАПЕТЬКО, Евгений Андреевич); a.k.a. SHAPETKO, Evgeny; a.k.a. SHAPETKO, Yevgeniy Andreevich; a.k.a. SHAPETKO, Yevgeny; a.k.a. SHAPETSKA, Yauheni Andrejevich; a.k.a. SJAPETKO, Jevgenij Andrejevitj; a.k.a. SJAPETSKA, Jauhen Andrejevitj), Polevaya, 6-58, Minsk, Belarus (Cyrillic: Полевая, 6-58, Минск, Belarus); DOB 30 Mar 1989; alt. DOB 30 Mar 1988; POB Minsk, Belarus; nationality Belarus; Gender Male; National ID No. 3300389A054PB9 (Belarus); Tax ID No. AC1400707 (Belarus) (individual) [BELARUS-EO].

SHMANAI, Darya (Cyrillic: ШМАНАЙ, Дарья), Moscow, Russia; Ostroshitskaya, 8-35, Minsk 220129, Belarus; DOB 02 May 1993; POB Minsk, Belarus; nationality Belarus; Gender Female; National ID No. 4020593A018PB8 (Belarus) (individual) [BELARUS-EO].

SIKORSKI, Artsiom Igaravich (Cyrillic: СIКОРСКI, Арцём Iгаравiч) (a.k.a. SIKORSKIY, Artem Igorevich (Cyrillic: СИКОРСКИЙ, Артем Игоревич); a.k.a. SIKORSKY, Artem; a.k.a. SIKORSKY, Artyom), Minsk, Belarus; DOB 1983; POB Soligorsk, Minsk Oblast, Belarus; nationality Belarus; Gender Male; Passport MP3785448 (Belarus) (individual) [BELARUS-EO].

VARABEI, Mikalai Mikalaevich (Cyrillic: ВАРАБЕЙ, Мiкалаевiч Мiкалай) (a.k.a. VARABEY, Mikalai; a.k.a. VERABEI, Mikalai Mikalaevich (Cyrillic: ВЕРАБЕЙ, Мiкалай Мiкалаевiч); a.k.a. VERABEY, Mikalai (Cyrillic: ВЕРАБЕЙ, Мiкалай); a.k.a. VOROBEI, Mykola Mykolaiovych; a.k.a. VOROBEI, Nikolai; a.k.a. VOROBEY, Nikolay (Cyrillic: ВОРОБЕЙ, Николай); a.k.a. VOROBEY, Nikolay Nikolaevich (Cyrillic: ВОРОБЕЙ, Николай Николаевич)), Belarus; DOB 04 May 1963; POB Ukraine; Gender Male (individual) [BELARUS].

VASILIEV, Anatoly Ivanovich (Cyrillic: ВАСИЛЬЕВ, Анатолий Иванович) (a.k.a. VASILYEV, Anatoliy Ivanovich), Minsk, Belarus; DOB 1978; POB Georgia; nationality Belarus; Gender Male (individual) [BELARUS-EO].

and entities:

ADDITIONAL LIABILITY COMPANY BELNEFTEGAZ (a.k.a. ALC BELNEFTEGAZ; a.k.a. BELNEFTEGAS; a.k.a. BELNEFTEGAZ (Cyrillic: БЕЛНЕФТЕГАЗ); a.k.a. OBSHCHESTVO S DOPOLNITELNOY OTVETSTVENNOSTYU BELNEFTEGAZ (Cyrillic: ОБЩЕСТВО С ДОПОЛНИТЕЛЬНОЙ ОТВЕТСТВЕННОСТЬЮ БЕЛНЕФТЕГАЗ); a.k.a. ODO BELNEFTEGAZ (Cyrillic: ОДО БЕЛНЕФТЕГАЗ); a.k.a. TAVARYSTVA Z DADATKOVAY ADKAZNASTSYU BELNAFTAHAZ (Cyrillic: ТАВАРЫСТВА З ДАДАТКОВАЙ АДКАЗНАСЦЮ БЕЛНАФТАГАЗ); a.k.a. TDA BELNAFTAHAZ (Cyrillic: ТДА БЕЛНАФТАГАЗ)), ul. Azgura, d. 5, pom. 68 (kabinet 1, 1st floor), Minsk 220088, Belarus (Cyrillic: ул. Азгура, д. 5, пом. 68 (кабинет 1, 1 этаж), г. Минск 220088, Belarus); Organization Established Date 23 Mar 1995; Registration Number 100878073 (Belarus) [BELARUS-EO]. 

BELARUSKALI OAO (Cyrillic: ОАО БЕЛАРУСЬКАЛИЙ) (a.k.a. AAT BELARUSKALIY (Cyrillic: ААТ БЕЛАРУСЬКАЛIЙ); a.k.a. ADKRYTAYE AKTSYYANERNAYE TAVARYSTVA BELARUSKALIY (Cyrillic: АДКРЫТАЕ АКЦЫЯНЕРНАЕ ТАВАРЫСТВА БЕЛАРУСЬКАЛIЙ); a.k.a. JSC BELARUSKALI; a.k.a. OAO BELARUSKALIY; a.k.a. OJSC BELARUSKALI; a.k.a. OPEN JOINT-STOCK COMPANY BELARUSKALI; a.k.a. OTKRYTOYE AKTSIONERNOYE OBSHCHESTVO BELARUSKALIY (Cyrillic: ОТКРЫТОЕ АКЦИОНЕРНОЕ ОБЩЕСТВО БЕЛАРУСЬКАЛИЙ)), Korzh Str., Soligorsk, Minsk Region 223710, Belarus (Cyrillic: Коржа, ул., Солигорск, Минская область 223710, Belarus); Organization Established Date 23 Dec 1996; Registration Number 600122610 (Belarus) [BELARUS-EO].

BELKAZTRANS (Cyrillic: БЕЛКАЗТРАНС) (a.k.a. LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY BELKAZTRANS; a.k.a. LLC BELKAZTRANS; a.k.a. OBSHCHESTVO S OGRANICHENNOY OTVETSTVENNOSTYU BELKAZTRANS (Cyrillic: ОБЩЕСТВО С ОГРАНИЧЕННОЙ ОТВЕТСТВЕННОСТЬЮ БЕЛКАЗТРАНС); a.k.a. OOO BELKAZTRANS (Cyrillic: ООО БЕЛКАЗТРАНС); a.k.a. TAA BELKAZTRANS (Cyrillic: ТАА БЕЛКАЗТРАНС); a.k.a. TAVARYSTVA Z ABMEZHAVANAY ADKAZNASTSYU BELKAZTRANS (Cyrillic: ТАВАРЫСТВА З АБМЕЖАВАНАЙ АДКАЗНАСЦЮ БЕЛКАЗТРАНС)), pr-t Pobeditelei, d. 20 korpus 3, pom. 215, Minsk 220020, Belarus (Cyrillic: пр-т Победителей, д. 20 корпус 3, пом. 215, г. Минск 220020, Belarus); Organization Established Date 26 Oct 2010; Registration Number 191434523 (Belarus) [BELARUS].

BELKAZTRANS UKRAINE (Cyrillic: БЕЛКАЗТРАНС УКРАИНА) (a.k.a. BELKAZTRANS UKRAINA TOV; a.k.a. BELKAZTRANS UKRAINE LLC; a.k.a. TOVARYSTVO Z OBMEZHENOYU VIDPOVIDALNISTYU BELKAZTRANS UKRAINA), Bud. 3, Korpus A, vul. Leiptsyzka, Kyiv 01015, Ukraine; Organization Established Date 2018; Tax ID No. 419096426535 (Ukraine); Government Gazette Number 41909645 (Ukraine) [BELARUS].

CLOSED JOINT STOCK COMPANY ABSOLUTBANK (a.k.a. ABSOLUTBANK; a.k.a. CJSC ABSOLUTBANK; a.k.a. ZAKRYTAYE AKTSYYANERNAYE TAVARYSTVA ABSALYUTBANK (Cyrillic: ЗАКРЫТАЕ АКЦЫЯНЕРНАЕ ТАВАРЫСТВА АБСАЛЮТБАНК); a.k.a. ZAKRYTOYE AKTSIONERNOYE OBSHCHESTVO ABSOLYUTBANK (Cyrillic: ЗАКРЫТОЕ АКЦИОНЕРНОЕ ОБЩЕСТВО АБСОЛЮТБАНК); a.k.a. ZAO ABSOLYUTBANK (Cyrillic: ЗАО АБСОЛЮТБАНК); a.k.a. ZAT ABSALYUTBANK (Cyrillic: ЗАТ АБСАЛЮТБАНК)), 95 Nezavisimosti ave, Minsk 220023, Belarus; SWIFT/BIC ABLTBY22; Website www.absolutbank.by; Organization Established Date 30 Mar 2000; Target Type Financial Institution; Registration Number 100331707 (Belarus) [BELARUS-EO].

CLOSED JOINT STOCK COMPANY ENERGO-OIL (a.k.a. CJSC ENERGO-OIL; f.k.a. CLOSED JOINT-STOCK COMPANY TRAYPLENERGO (Cyrillic: СОВМЕСТНОЕ ЗАКРЫТОЕ АКЦИОНЕРНОЕ ОБЩЕСТВО ТРАЙПЛЭНЕРГО); a.k.a. ENERGOOIL; a.k.a. ENERGO-OIL (Cyrillic: ЭНЕРГО-ОИЛ); a.k.a. SOVMESTNOYE ZAKRYTOYE AKTSIONERNOYE OBSHCHESTVO ENERGO-OIL (Cyrillic: СОВМЕСТНОЕ ЗАКРЫТОЕ АКЦИОНЕРНОЕ ОБЩЕСТВО ЭНЕРГО-ОИЛ); a.k.a. SUMESNAYE ZAKRYTAYE AKTSYYANERNAYE TAVARYSTVA ENERGA-OIL (Cyrillic: СУМЕСНАЕ ЗАКРЫТАЕ АКЦЫЯНЕРНАЕ ТАВАРЫСТВА ЭНЕРГА-ОІЛ); a.k.a. SZAO ENERGO-OIL (Cyrillic: СЗАО ЭНЕРГО-ОИЛ); a.k.a. SZAT ENERGA-OIL (Cyrillic: СЗАТ ЭНЕРГА-ОІЛ)), ul. Rakovskaya, d. 14V (3rd floor), Minsk 220004, Belarus (Cyrillic: ул. Раковская, д. 14В (3 этаж), г. Минск 220004, Belarus); Organization Established Date 24 Oct 2001; Registration Number 800011806 (Belarus) [BELARUS-EO].

CLOSED JOINT-STOCK COMPANY NEW OIL COMPANY (a.k.a. CJSC NNK; a.k.a. NOVAIA NAFTAVAIA KAMPANIA; a.k.a. ZAKRYTAYE AKTSYYANERNAYE TAVARYSTVA NOVAYA NAFTAVAYA KAMPANIYA (Cyrillic: ЗАКРЫТАЕ АКЦЫЯНЕРНАЕ ТАВАРЫСТВА НОВАЯ НАФТАВАЯ КАМПАНІЯ); a.k.a. ZAKRYTOYE AKTSIONERNOYE OBSHCHESTVO NOVAYA NEFTYANAYA KOMPANIYA (Cyrillic: ЗАКРЫТОЕ АКЦИОНЕРНОЕ ОБЩЕСТВО НОВАЯ НЕФТЯНАЯ КОМПАНИЯ); a.k.a. ZAO NNK (Cyrillic: ЗАО ННК); a.k.a. ZAT NNK (Cyrillic: ЗАТ ННК); a.k.a. "NEW OIL COMPANY"), ul. Rakovskaya, d. 14B, kab. 7 (5th floor), Minsk 220004, Belarus (Cyrillic: ул. Раковская, д. 14В, каб. 7 (5 этаж), г. Минск 220004, Belarus); Organization Established Date 23 Mar 2020; Registration Number 193402282 (Belarus) [BELARUS-EO].

DANA HOLDINGS LIMITED (a.k.a. DANA HOLDINGS (Cyrillic: ДАНА ХОЛДИНГС); a.k.a. DANA KHOLDINGZ (Cyrillic: ДАНА ХОЛДИНГЗ)), Cronos Court, Flat 21, 66 Arch. Makariou III, Nicosia 1077, Cyprus; Organization Established Date 20 Feb 2013; Registration ID HE 319556 (Cyprus) [BELARUS-EO].

DEPARTMENT OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS OF THE GOMEL REGIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (Cyrillic: УПРАВЛЕНИЕ ВНУТРЕННИХ ДЕЛ ГОМЕЛЬСКОГО ОБЛИСПОЛКОМА) (a.k.a. DEPARTMENT OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS OF GOMEL REGION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE; a.k.a. DIRECTORATE OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS OF THE GOMEL OBLAST EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE), ul. Skommunarov, Gomel, Gomel Oblast 245050, Belarus; 3, Street of Communards, Gomel, Belarus; 3 Kommunarov St., Gomel, Belarus (Cyrillic: ул. Коммунаров 3, Гомель, Belarus); Target Type Government Entity [BELARUS].

FOREIGN LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY DANA ASTRA (a.k.a. FLLC DANA ASTRA; a.k.a. INOSTRANNOYE OBSHCHESTVO S OGRANICHENNOY OTVETSTVENNOSTYU DANA ASTRA (Cyrillic: ИНОСТРАННОЕ ОБЩЕСТВО С ОГРАНИЧЕННОЙ ОТВЕТСТВЕННОСТЬЮ ДАНА АСТРА); a.k.a. IOOO DANA ASTRA (Cyrillic: ИООО ДАНА АСТРА); a.k.a. ZAMEZHNAYE TAVARYSTVA Z ABMEZHAVANAY ADKAZNASTSYU DANA ASTRA (Cyrillic: ЗАМЕЖНАЕ ТАВАРЫСТВА З АБМЕЖАВАНАЙ АДКАЗНАСЦЮ ДАНА АСТРА); a.k.a. ZTAA DANA ASTRA (Cyrillic: ЗТАА ДАНА АСТРА)), ul. Petra Mstislavtsa, d. 9, pom. 9-13, Minsk 220076, Belarus (Cyrillic: ул. Петра Мстиславца, д. 9, пом. 9-13, г. Минск 220076, Belarus); Organization Established Date 21 Jan 2010; Registration Number 191295361 (Belarus) [BELARUS-EO].

INDUSTRIAL UNITARY ENTERPRISE OIL BITUMEN PLANT (a.k.a. PROIZVODSTVENNOYE UNITARNOYE PREDPRIYATIYE NEFTEBITUMNIY ZAVOD (Cyrillic: ПРОИЗВОДСТВЕННОЕ УНИТАРНОЕ ПРЕДПРИЯТИЕ НЕФТЕБИТУМНЫЙ ЗАВОД); a.k.a. UNITARNAYE PRADPRYEMSTVA NAFTABITUMNY ZAVOD (Cyrillic: УНІТАРНАЕ ПРАДПРЫЕМСТВА НАФТАБІТУМНЫ ЗАВОД); a.k.a. UNITARNOYE PREDPRIYATIYE NEFTEBITUMNIY ZAVOD (Cyrillic: УНИТАРНОЕ ПРЕДПРИЯТИЕ НЕФТЕБИТУМНЫЙ ЗАВОД); a.k.a. UNITARY ENTERPRISE NEFTEBITUMEN PLANT; a.k.a. UNITARY ENTERPRISE OIL BITUMEN PLANT; a.k.a. VYTVORCHAYE UNITARNAYE PRADPRYEMSTVA NAFTABITUMNY ZAVOD (Cyrillic: ВЫТВОРЧАЕ ЎНІТАРНАЕ ПРАДПРЫЕМСТВА НАФТАБІТУМНЫ ЗАВОД)), village Koleina, Lyadenskiy council, Chervenskiy district, Minsk oblast 223231, Belarus (Cyrillic: д. Колеина, Ляденский сельсовет, Червенский район, Минская область 223231, Belarus); Organization Established Date 23 Jun 2004; Registration Number 690296283 (Belarus) [BELARUS-EO].

INVESTIGATIVE COMMITTEE OF THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS (Cyrillic: СЛЕДСТВЕННЫЙ КОМИТЕТ РЕСПУБЛИКИ БЕЛАРУСЬ) (a.k.a. BELARUSIAN INVESTIGATIVE COMMITTEE; a.k.a. INVESTIGATIVE COMMITTEE OF BELARUS; a.k.a. SLEDSTVENNIY KOMITET RESPUBLIKI BELARUS), Frunze St., bldg. 19, Minsk 220034, Belarus; Organization Established Date 12 Sep 2011; Target Type Government Entity [BELARUS-EO].

LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY BREMINO GROUP (a.k.a. BREMINO GROUP LLC; a.k.a. OBSHCHESTVO S OGRANNICHENOY OTVETSTVENNOSTYU BREMINO GRUPP (Cyrillic: ОБЩЕСТВО С ОГРАНИЧЕННОЙ ОТВЕТСТВЕННОСТЬЮ БРЕМИНО ГРУПП); a.k.a. OOO BREMINO GRUPP (Cyrillic: ООО БРЕМИНО ГРУПП); a.k.a. TAA BREMINA GRUP (Cyrillic: ТАА БРЭМІНА ГРУП); a.k.a. TAVARYSTVA Z ABMEZHAVANAY ADKAZNASTSYU BREMINA GRUP (Cyrillic: ТАВАРЫСТВА З АБМЕЖАВАНАЙ АДКАЗНАСЦЮ БРЭМІНА ГРУП)), ul. Zavodskaya, d. 1K, pom. 1, gp. Bolbasovo, Orsha district, Vitebsk oblast 211004, Belarus (Cyrillic: ул. Заводская, д. 1К, пом. 1, гп. Болбасово, Оршанский район, Витебская область 211004, Belarus); Organization Established Date 05 Nov 2013; Registration Number 691598938 (Belarus) [BELARUS-EO].

LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY DUBAI WATER FRONT (f.k.a. BELINTE ROBE; f.k.a. BELINTE ROBES; f.k.a. JOINT LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY BELINTE-ROBA (Cyrillic: СОВМЕСТНОЕ ОБЩЕСТВО С ОГРАНИЧЕННОЙ ОТВЕТСТВЕННОСТЬЮ БЕЛИНТЕ-РОБА); a.k.a. LLC DUBAI WATER FRONT; a.k.a. OBSHCHESTVO S OGRANICHENNOY OTVETSTVENNOSTYU DUBAI VOTER FRONT (Cyrillic: ОБЩЕСТВО С ОГРАНИЧЕННОЙ ОТВЕТСТВЕННОСТЬЮ ДУБАЙ ВОТЕР ФРОНТ); a.k.a. OOO DUBAI VOTER FRONT (Cyrillic: ООО ДУБАЙ ВОТЕР ФРОНТ); a.k.a. TAA DUBAI VOTER FRONT (Cyrillic: ТАА ДУБАЙ ВОТЭР ФРОНТ); a.k.a. TAVARYSTVA Z ABMEZHAVANAY ADKAZNASTSYU DUBAI VOTER FRONT (Cyrillic: ТАВАРЫСТВА З АБМЕЖАВАНАЙ АДКАЗНАСЦЮ ДУБАЙ ВОТЭР ФРОНТ)), ul. Petra Mstislavtsa, d. 9, pom. 10 (kabinet 34), Minsk 220114, Belarus (Cyrillic: ул. Петра Мстиславца, д. 9, пом. 10 (кабинет 34), г. Минск 220114, Belarus); Organization Established Date 30 Mar 2004; Registration Number 190527399 (Belarus) [BELARUS-EO].

LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY EMIRATES BLUE SKY (f.k.a. FOREIGN LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY ZOMEX INVESTMENT (Cyrillic: ИНОСТРАННОЕ ОБЩЕСТВО С ОГРАНИЧЕННОЙ ОТВЕТСТВЕННОСТЬЮ ЗОМЕКС ИНВЕСТМЕНТ); a.k.a. LLC EMIRATES BLUE SKY; a.k.a. OBSHCHESTVO S OGRANICHENNOY OTVETSTVENNOSTYU EMIREITS BLYU SKAI (Cyrillic: ОБЩЕСТВО С ОГРАНИЧЕННОЙ ОТВЕТСТВЕННОСТЬЮ ЭМИРЕЙТС БЛЮ СКАЙ); a.k.a. OOO EMIREITS BLYU SKAI (Cyrillic: ООО ЭМИРЕЙТС БЛЮ СКАЙ); a.k.a. TAA EMIREITS BLYU SKAI (Cyrillic: ТАА ЭМІРЭЙТС БЛЮ СКАЙ); a.k.a. TAVARYSTVA Z ABMEZHAVANAY ADKAZNASTSYU EMIREITS BLYU SKAI (Cyrillic: ТАВАРЫСТВА З АБМЕЖАВАНАЙ АДКАЗНАСЦЮ ЭМІРЭЙТС БЛЮ СКАЙ); f.k.a. "ZOMEX"), ul. Petra Mstislavtsa, d. 9, pom. 10-44, Minsk 220076, Belarus (Cyrillic: ул. Петра Мстиславца, д. 9, пом. 10-44, г. Минск 220076, Belarus); Organization Established Date 08 Sep 2008; Registration ID 191061449 (Belarus) [BELARUS-EO].

LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY INTER TOBACCO (a.k.a. INTER TOBACCO; f.k.a. JOINT LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY INTERDORS (Cyrillic: СОВМЕСТНОЕ ОБЩЕСТВО С ОГРАНИЧЕННОЙ ОТВЕТСТВЕННОСТЬЮ ИНТЕРДОРС); a.k.a. LLC INTER TOBACCO; a.k.a. OBSHCHESTVO S OGRANICHENNOY OTVETSTVENNOSTYU INTER TOBAKKO (Cyrillic: ОБЩЕСТВО С ОГРАНИЧЕННОЙ ОТВЕТСТВЕННОСТЬЮ ИНТЕР ТОБАККО); a.k.a. OOO INTER TOBAKKO (Cyrillic: ООО ИНТЕР ТОБАККО); a.k.a. TAA INTER TABAKKA (Cyrillic: ТАА ІНТЭР ТАБАККА); a.k.a. TAVARYSTVA Z ABMEZHAVANAY ADKAZNASTSYU INTER TABAKKA (Cyrillic: ТАВАРЫСТВА З АБМЕЖАВАНАЙ АДКАЗНАСЦЮ ІНТЭР ТАБАККА)), d. 131 (FEZ Minsk), Novodvorskiy village, Novodvorskiy village council, Minsk District, Minsk Oblast 223016, Belarus (Cyrillic: д. 131 (СЭЗ Минск), Новодворский сельсовет, с/с Новодворский, Минский район, Минская область 223016, Belarus); Organization Established Date 10 Oct 2002; Registration Number 808000714 (Belarus) [BELARUS-EO].

LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY NEW OIL COMPANY EAST (Cyrillic: ОБЩЕСТВО С ОГРАНИЧЕННОЙ ОТВЕТСТВЕННОСТЬЮ НОВАЯ НЕФТЯНАЯ КОМПАНИЯ ВОСТОК) (a.k.a. LLC NNK EAST (Cyrillic: ООО ННК ВОСТОК)), ul. Poltavskaya, dom 8A, pomeshchenie 12, Smolensk, Smolensk Oblast 214025, Russia (Cyrillic: ул. Полтавская, дом 8А, помещение 12, г. Смоленск, Смоленская Область 214025, Russia); Organization Established Date 27 Nov 2020; Tax ID No. 6732204331 (Russia); Registration Number 1206700019041 (Russia) [BELARUS-EO].

NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE OF THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS (a.k.a. BELARUSIAN NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE; a.k.a. NAK BELARUSI (Cyrillic: НАК БЕЛАРУСІ); a.k.a. NATSIONALNIY OLIMPIYSKIY KOMITET RESPUBLIKI BELARUS (Cyrillic: НАЦИОНАЛЬНЫЙ ОЛИМПИЙСКИЙ КОМИТЕТ РЕСПУБЛИКИ БЕЛАРУСЬ); a.k.a. NATSYYALNY ALIMPIYSKI KAMITET RESPUBLIKI BELARUS (Cyrillic: НАЦЫЯНАЛЬНЫ АЛІМПІЙСКІ КАМІТЭТ РЭСПУБЛІКІ БЕЛАРУСЬ); a.k.a. NOC OF THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS; a.k.a. NOK BELARUSI (Cyrillic: НОК БЕЛАРУСИ)), Raduzhnaya Str, 27-2, Minsk 220020, Belarus; ul. Raduzhnaya, d. 27, pom. 2, Minsk 220020, Belarus (Cyrillic: ул. Радужная, д. 27, пом. 2, г. Минск 220020, Belarus); Organization Established Date 01 Jul 1991; Registration Number 100265118 (Belarus) [BELARUS].

NOVOPOLOTSK LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY INTERSERVICE (a.k.a. INTERSERVIS NOVOPOLOTSKOE LLC; a.k.a. LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY INTERSERVICE; a.k.a. NOVOPOLOTSKOYE OBSHCHESTVO S OGRANICHENNOY OTVESTVENNOSTYU INTERSERVIS (Cyrillic: НОВОПОЛОЦКОЕ ОБЩЕСТВО С ОГРАНИЧЕННОЙ ОТВЕТСТВЕННОСТЬЮ ИНТЕРСЕРВИС); a.k.a. OOO INTERSERVIS (Cyrillic: ООО ИНТЕРСЕРВИС); a.k.a. TAA INTERSERVIS (Cyrillic: ТАА ІНТЭРСЭРВІС); a.k.a. TAVARYSTVA Z ABMEZHAVANAY ADKAZNASTSYU INTERSERVIS (Cyrillic: ТАВАРЫСТВА З АБМЕЖАВАНАЙ АДКАЗНАСЦЮ ІНТЭРСЭРВІС); a.k.a. "INTERSERVICE"; a.k.a. "LLC INTERSERVICE"), ul. Molodezhnaya, d. 7, kom. 110, Novopolotsk, Vitebsk oblast 211440, Belarus (Cyrillic: ул. Молодежная, д. 7, ком. 110, г. Новополоцк, Витебская область 211440, Belarus); Organization Established Date 13 May 1998; Registration Number 300577484 (Belarus) [BELARUS-EO].

OPEN JOINT-STOCK COMPANY GRODNO TOBACCO FACTORY NEMAN (a.k.a. AAT HRODZENSKAYA TYTUNYOVAYA FABRYKA NEMAN (Cyrillic: ААТ ГРОДЗЕНСКАЯ ТЫТУНЁВАЯ ФАБРЫКА НЕМАН); a.k.a. ADKRYTAYE AKTSYYANERNAYE TAVARYSTVA HRODZENSKAYA TYTUNYOVAYA FABRYKA NEMAN (Cyrillic: АДКРЫТАЕ АКЦЫЯНЕРНАЕ ТАВАРЫСТВА ГРОДЗЕНСКАЯ ТЫТУНЁВАЯ ФАБРЫКА НЕМАН); a.k.a. GRODNO TOBACCO FACTORY NEMAN; a.k.a. GTF NEMAN; a.k.a. HRODNA TOBACCO FACTORY NEMAN; a.k.a. OAO GRODNENSKAYA TABACHNAYA FABRIKA NEMAN (Cyrillic: ОАО ГРОДНЕНСКАЯ ТАБАЧНАЯ ФАБРИКА НЕМАН); a.k.a. OJSC GRODNO TOBACCO FACTORY NEMAN; a.k.a. OTKRYTOYE AKTSIONERNOYE OBSHCHESTVO GRODNENSKAYA TABACHNAYA FABRIKA NEMAN (Cyrillic: ОТКРЫТОЕ АКЦИОНЕРНОЕ ОБЩЕСТВО ГРОДНЕНСКАЯ ТАБАЧНАЯ ФАБРИКА НЕМАН)), ul. Ordzhonikidze, d. 18, Grodno, Grodnenskaya Oblast 230771, Belarus (Cyrillic: ул. Орджоникидзе, д. 18, г. Гродно, Гродненская область 230771, Belarus); Organization Established Date 29 Dec 1996; Registration Number 500047627 (Belarus) [BELARUS-EO].

SHOCK SPORTS CLUB (Cyrillic: СПОРТИВНЫЙ КЛУБ ШОК) (a.k.a. MALADZEZHNAE SPARTYUNAE HRAMADSKAE ABYADNANNE SPARTYUNY KLUB SHOK (Cyrillic: МАЛАДЗЕЖНАЕ СПАРТЫЎНАЕ ГРАМАДСКАЕ АБЯДНАННЕ СПАРТЫЎНЫ КЛУБ ШОК); a.k.a. MOLODEZHNOYE SPORTIVNOYE OBSCHESTVENNOYE OBEDINENIYE SHOK (Cyrillic: МОЛОДЕЖНОЕ СПОРТИВНОЕ ОБЩЕСТВЕННОЕ ОБЪЕДИНЕНИЕ СПОРТИВНЫЙ КЛУБ ШОК); a.k.a. MSOO SK SHOCK (Cyrillic: МСОО СК ШОК); a.k.a. "SHOCK TEAM"; a.k.a. "SPORTS CLUB SHOCK"), ul. Boleslava Beruta, 12, Minsk, Belarus (Cyrillic: улица Болеслава Берута, 12, Минск, Belarus); ul. Filimonova, 55/3, Pom. 3H (cab.2), Minsk, Belarus (Cyrillic: ул. Филимонова, д. 55 корпус 3, пом. 3н (каб.2), Минск, Belarus); Organization Established Date 12 Oct 2010; Registration Number 194901875 (Belarus) [BELARUS].

some under the new Executive Order’s authorities (BELARUS-EO program tag), others under the existing ones (BELARUS program tag).

OFAC also issued General License 4, which allows wind-down transactions with Belaruskali OAO and its 50 Percent Rule entities – but only till the end of the day on December 7, 2021. (Technically, it says 12:01 AM on the 8th… but my way is clearer, no?).

And lastly, it issued 3 new Frequently Asked Questions:

916. What does Executive Order (E.O.) of August 9, 2021, “Blocking Property of Additional Persons Contributing to the Situation in Belarus,” do?Answer

E.O. of August 9, 2021 expands the scope of the national emergency pertaining to Belarus declared in E.O. 13405, “Blocking Property of Certain Persons Undermining Democratic Processes or Institutions in Belarus,” to provide additional authorities under which sanctions may be imposed against individuals and entities related to the Belarusian regime’s harmful activities and longstanding abuses aimed at suppressing democracy and the exercise of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Belarus.  E.O. of August 9, 2021 also addresses national security threats posed by the Belarusian regime’s illicit and oppressive activities stemming from the August 9, 2020 fraudulent Belarusian presidential election and its aftermath, such as the elimination of political opposition and civil society organizations and the regime’s disruption and endangering of international civil air travel.

As a result of E.O. of August 9, 2021, all property and interests in property of persons designated pursuant to this E.O. that are or come within the United States or the possession or control of U.S. persons are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions involving such designated persons unless authorized by OFAC or otherwise exempt from regulation. Additionally, any entities owned 50 percent or more, individually or in the aggregate, directly or indirectly, by one or more blocked persons are also blocked.

917. Are all persons operating in sectors identified in the Executive Order (E.O.) of August 9, 2021, “Blocking Property of Additional Persons Contributing to the Situation in Belarus,” blocked?  Answer

No. E.O. of August 9, 2021 authorizes the imposition of blocking sanctions on persons operating in certain identified sectors of the Belarus economy, including the defense and related materiel sector, security sector, energy sector, potassium chloride (potash) sector, tobacco products sector, construction sector, transportation sector, or any other sector of the Belarus economy as may be determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State. The identification of a sector pursuant to E.O. of August 9, 2021 provides notice that persons operating in the identified sector risk exposure to sanctions; however, the identification of a sector does not automatically block all persons operating in that sector of the Belarus economy. Only persons designated on OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (SDN List), and entities owned 50 percent or more, individually or in the aggregate, directly or indirectly, by one or more such persons, are subject to blocking sanctions.

918. What does Belarus General License 4 (GL 4), “Authorizing the Wind Down of Transactions Involving Belaruskali OAO,” authorize? Answer

GL 4 authorizes, through 12:01 a.m. eastern standard time, December 8, 2021, all transactions and activities prohibited by E.O. of August 9, 2021 that are ordinarily incident and necessary to the wind down of transactions involving Belaruskali OAO, or any entity in which Belaruskali OAO owns, directly or indirectly, a 50 percent or greater interest, subject to the terms of the license. GL 4 does not authorize the entry into new purchase contracts, or the stockpiling of inventory, involving Belaruskali OAO, or any entity in which Belaruskali OAO owns, directly or indirectly, a 50 percent or greater interest, on or after August 9, 2021 that are not ordinarily incident and necessary to the wind down of transactions. After the expiration of GL 4, unless exempt or specifically authorized by OFAC, U.S. persons will be prohibited from engaging in transactions with Belaruskali OAO, or any entity in which Belaruskali OAO owns, directly or indirectly, a 50 percent or greater interest, and must block property or interests in property of such persons that are in, or come within, the United States, or the possession or control of a U.S. person.

Oh, but Treasury:

PRESS RELEASES

Treasury Holds the Belarusian Regime to Account on Anniversary of Fraudulent Election

August 9, 2021

Treasury uses new sanctions authority in support of the Belarusian people

WASHINGTON — Today, on the one-year anniversary of Belarus’s fraudulent August 9, 2020 presidential election, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned 23 individuals and 21 entities pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13405, as well as a new E.O. of August 9, 2021 “Blocking Property of Additional Persons Contributing to the Situation in Belarus” (E.O. of August 9, 2021) that expands Belarus sanctions authorities.  The persons designated today are involved in the continuing violent crackdown on peaceful protests; are connected to the May 23, 2021, Ryanair incident; or, profit from or sustain the Belarusian regime at the expense of the Belarusian people.  This is the latest action OFAC has taken, in coordination with transatlantic partners, since last year’s fraudulent election to demonstrate international unity against the Belarusian regime’s repression and in support for the Belarusian people’s democratic aspirations.  Today’s action represents the largest Belarus-related tranche of designations imposed by OFAC to date. 
 

“One year ago today, Belarusians went to the polls and voted for change,” said Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen.  “In response, Lukashenka unleashed a brutal campaign of repression to suppress democracy, while continuing to personally profit from endemic corruption.  We stand with the people of Belarus and will continue to use every tool available, including the new sanctions authority the President signed today, to hold the Lukashenka regime to account for its human rights abuses, corruption, and attacks on democracy.  Together with our Canadian and British partners, today we are demonstrating continued international condemnation of the Lukashenka regime’s undemocratic actions.”

LUKASHENKA’S WALLETS

Today, OFAC is designating individuals and entities that function as the Lukashenka regime’s “wallets,” providing previously-sanctioned Alyaksandr Lukashenka (Lukashenka) with funds to likely enrich Lukashenka personally and finance his corrupt and brutal regime.  The designated individuals and entities receive preferential treatment from the Lukashenka regime in the form of monopolies, tax breaks, favorable contracts, and other mechanisms, often codified by presidential decrees signed by Lukashenka himself.  In exchange, they provide funds to Lukashenka and his inner circle, finance Lukashenka’s personal projects, and support the regime publicly.  This patronage network sustains Lukashenka’s violent regime at the expense of the Belarusian people.  On June 20, 2006, the President included Lukashenka in the Annex to E.O. 13405, “Blocking Property of Certain Persons Undermining Democratic Processes or Institutions in Belarus.”

Lukashenka’s Energy Wallet:  Mikalai Varabei

Belarusian businessman Mikalai Varabei (Varabei), who is also sanctioned by Canada, the European Union (EU), and the United Kingdom (UK), is a Belarusian oligarch closely tied to Lukashenka.  Being in Lukashenka’s inner circle pays dividends for Varabei and businesses owned by or linked to him.  For example, the Lukashenka regime granted Varabei’s company BelKazTrans exclusive control over the transit of coal through Belarus.  Novopolotsk Limited Liability Company Interservice (Interservice), which used to be owned by Varabei, is one of the largest oil traders in Belarus.  Its subsidiaries include Absolutbank and Industrial Unitary Enterprise Oil Bitumen Plant (OBP).  In 2020, another company formerly owned by Varabei, Closed Joint-Stock Company New Oil Company (NNK), became the only private Belarusian company allowed to export petroleum products from state-owned refineries.  Limited Liability Company Bremino Group (Bremino Group), also linked to Varabei, was granted management of a special economic zone in Lukashenka’s home region via presidential decree.  BelKazTrans, Interservice, Absolutbank, OBP, NNK, and Bremino Group are all Belarusian companies.
 

Varabei’s business network extends into Ukraine and Russia.  BelKazTrans Ukraine,a Ukrainian entity, delivers coal from Russia and Ukraine’s Donbas region and also works with NNK.  OFAC is also designating NNK’s subsidiary in Russia, Limited Liability Company New Oil Company East (NNK East).
 

Varabei is being designated today pursuant to E.O. 13405 for being a senior-level official, a family member of such an official, or a person closely linked to such an official who is responsible for or has engaged in public corruption related to Belarus.
 

BelKazTrans and BelKazTrans Ukraine are being designated pursuant to E.O. 13405 for being owned or controlled by, directly or indirectly, Varabei. 
 

Interservice and NNK are being designated pursuant to the new E.O. of August 9, 2021 for operating or having operated in the energy sector of the economy of Belarus.  NNK was previously sanctioned by Canada and the EU.  Absolutbank and OBP are being designated pursuant to the E.O. of August 9, 2021 for being owned or controlled by, directly or indirectly, Interservice.  NNK East is being designated pursuant to the E.O. of August 9, 2021 for being owned or controlled by, directly or indirectly, NNK.
 

Bremino Group is being designated pursuant to the E.O. of August 9, 2021 for operating or having operated in the transportation sector of the economy of Belarus.  It is also sanctioned by Canada and the EU.

Lukashenka’s Tobacco Wallet:  Aliaksey Aleksin

Aliaksey Aleksin (Aleksin) financially benefits from a close relationship with Lukashenka and his family.  A former Presidential Administration employee, Aleksin is also tied to the Bremino Group.  The majority of Aleksin’s fortune is derived from the tobacco industry, through which Lukashenka has provided Aleksin a near-monopoly on production of tobacco products in Belarus.  Through a decree signed by Lukashenka, Aleksin’s former companies Inter Tobacco and Energo-Oil were granted exclusive tobacco import privileges.  Additionally, Lukashenka issued a Presidential decree to re-draw the boundaries of Belarus’s capital, Minsk, to carve out land for Inter Tobacco’s factory — likely for reasons related to tax evasion.  Energo-Oil and Inter Tobacco command an enormous share of the profitable domestic cigarette market in Belarus.  Another of Aleksin’s former companies, Belneftegaz, is the operator of Belarus’s national transit traffic system.  By creating this system, Lukashenka gave virtual control over Belarus’s entire cargo transit network to Aleksin.  Although Aleksin no longer personally owns Energo-Oil and Belneftegaz, they have not left the family, with his sons and wife registered as the owners.  Aleksin is also sanctioned by Canada and the EU.
 

Aleksin is being designated today pursuant to E.O. 13405 for being a senior-level official, a family member of such an official, or a person closely linked to such an official who is responsible for or has engaged in public corruption related to Belarus.  Inter Tobacco and Energo-Oil are being designated pursuant to the E.O. of August 9, 2021 for operating or having operated in the tobacco products sector of the economy of Belarus.  Belneftegaz is being designated pursuant to the E.O. of August 9, 2021 for operating or having operated in the transportation sector of the economy of Belarus.
 

Lukashenka’s Construction Wallet:  The Karic Construction Empire

OFAC is also designating a construction empire that has received numerous extraordinary benefits, including gifts of plots of state land in Minsk, through presidential decrees signed by Lukashenka.  Among these are almost $800 million worth of land for a single project, generous tax breaks or the elimination of taxes altogether, the use of state resources for infrastructure work, and other preferential terms.  Dana Holdings Limited (Dana Holdings) is a firm registered in Cyprus with connections to Serbia’s Karic family, which rose to prominence bankrolling the rule of Slobodan Milosevic in the 1990s.  The Karic family is considered close to Lukashenka; for instance, Dana Holdings allegedly offered employees a day off for participating in a pro-Lukashenka rally in the aftermath of the fraudulent August 9, 2020 election, has appeared on pro-Lukashenka fliers, and houses an art gallery run by Lukashenka’s daughter-in-law in a shopping mall in Minsk.  Serbian and Cypriot national Nebojsa Karic plays a leading role in the company.  Dana Holdings’ Belarus-based former subsidiaries — Foreign Limited Liability Company Dana Astra (Dana Astra), Limited Liability Company Emirates Blue Sky (EBS), and Limited Liability Company Dubai Water Front (DWF) — have received numerous privileges for construction projects in and around Minsk, while reaping profits well above the industry norm.  Lukashenka has publicly praised the companies’ real estate projects, which often underdeliver on grandiose plans.
 

Dana Holdings, Dana Astra, EBS, and DWF are all being designated pursuant to the E.O. of August 9, 2021 for operating or having operated in the construction sector of the economy of Belarus.  Nebojsa Karic is being designated pursuant to the E.O of August 9, 2021 for having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, Dana Holdings.  Dana Holdings is sanctioned by the EU and the UK, and Dana Astra is also sanctioned by the EU.
 

BELARUSIAN STATE-OWNED ENTERPRISES

Today, OFAC designated two major Belarusian state-owned enterprises (SOEs).  Belaruskali OAO, one of the world’s largest producers of key fertilizer ingredient potassium chloride (potash) and a major source of tax revenue and foreign currency for the Lukashenka regime, is being designated pursuant to the E.O. of August 9, 2021 for being owned or controlled by, directly or indirectly, the Government of Belarus (GoB) and for operating or having operated in the potash sector of the economy of Belarus.  On June 24, 2021 the EU prohibited the purchase, import or transfer from Belarus of potash.
 

OFAC is concurrently issuing Belarus General License 4, “Authorizing the Wind Down of Transactions Involving Belaruskali OAO,” to provide U.S. persons 120 days in which to wind down transactions involving Belaruskali OAO, or any entity in which Belaruskali OAO owns, directly or indirectly, a 50 percent or greater interest.

Grodno Tobacco Factory Neman (GTF Neman) is a Belarusian state-owned tobacco factory and a major source of illicit cigarettes in the EU.  Manufactured cheaply in Belarus, GTF Neman brands are among the most common cigarettes smuggled into the EU as part of the lucrative contraband tobacco trade.  GTF Neman is being designated pursuant to the E.O. of August 9, 2021 for being owned or controlled by, directly or indirectly, the GoB, as well as for operating or having operated in the tobacco products sector of the economy of Belarus.
 

Additionally, OFAC designated the Belarusian directors of three previously designated Belarusian SOEs:  Andrei Alekseevich Rybakov, Andrei NikolayevichBunakov, and Igor Vasilyevich Lyashenko.  These three individuals are being designated pursuant to E.O. 13405 for acting or purporting to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, respectively, Belneftekhim, Belshina OAO, and Grodno Azot OAO.  Belneftekhim was designated by OFAC in 2007 pursuant to E.O. 13405 for being owned or controlled by Lukashenka.  Belshina OAO and Grodno Azot OAO were designated by OFAC in 2011 pursuant to E.O. 13405 for being owned or controlled by Belneftekhim.  These three entities were previously covered under Belarus General License 2; however, given the sharply deteriorating human rights situation in Belarus, the United States government in April 2021 determined a further extension would be inconsistent with the Belarus Democracy Act and incompatible with American values. 
 

BELARUSIAN SECURITY SERVICES

In response to the ongoing violence and repression against peaceful protesters, civil society, independent media, and political opposition in Belarus, OFAC continues to sanction individuals and entities in Belarus’ security services that participate in the violent crackdown and continued assault on ordinary citizens, peaceful protesters, journalists, members of the opposition, and civil society. 
 

Today, OFAC is designating the Investigative Committee of the Republic of Belarus (Belarusian SK), a government organization at the forefront of post-election repression, pursuant to the E.O. of August 9, 2021 for being a political subdivision, agency, or instrumentality of the GoB.  As the law enforcement body charged with prosecuting major crimes in Belarus, the Belarusian SK continues to open and investigate politically-motivated criminal cases against human rights organizations, as well as against Belarusian dissident journalist Raman Pratasevich and his partner Sofia Sapega, who were detained following the internationally condemned forced diversion of a Ryanair flight in Minsk on May 23, 2021.  In November 2020, the Belarusian SK launched an investigation into Pratasevich for carrying out his journalistic responsibilities and his work with a popular instant messaging channel used by the opposition. 
 

Additionally, OFAC is designating members of the Belarusian SK’s leadership team — including chairman Dzmitry Hara (Hara) and his deputies, Oleg Stanislavovich Shandarovich (Shandarovich), Anatoly Ivanovich Vasiliev (Vasiliev), and Siarhei Yakaulevich Azemsha (Azemsha), pursuant to the E.O. of August 9, 2021.  Hara, who sat next to Pratasevich at a staged press conference where Pratasevich was forced to express admiration for Lukashenka, is being designated for being or having been a leader or official of the GoB.  Shandarovich, Vasiliev, and Azemsha are being designated for being leaders, officials, senior executive officers, or members of the board of directors of the Belarusian SK.  Canada, the EU, and the UK have sanctioned Azemsha, and the EU sanctioned Hara.
 

Following previous OFAC designations of the local security organizations in the Belarusian cities of Minsk and Brest, OFAC is also designating the Department of Internal Affairs of the Gomel Regional Executive Committee (Gomel UVD), a GOB security services organization that was involved in the repression of peaceful protests in the Belarusian city of Gomel.  The Gomel UVD is being designated today pursuant to E.O. 13405 for being responsible for, or having participated in, actions or policies that undermine democratic processes or institutions in Belarus.
 

OFAC is also imposing sanctions against four Belarusian officials of Akrestsina, the notorious Minsk detention center complex where many peaceful protesters, journalists, and other members of civil society are detained and subjected to human rights abuses.  OFAC designated Akrestsina on June 21, 2021 pursuant to E.O. 13405 for having materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services in support of, human rights abuses related to political repression in Belarus.  Akrestsina officials Yauhen Shapetska, Ihar Keniukh, Hleb Dryl, and Uladzimir Lapyr are being designated by OFAC pursuant to the E.O. of August 9, 2021 for being or having been leaders or officials of the GoB.  The same Akrestina officials were also sanctioned by the EU.
 

Kanstantsin Bychak (Bychak) is the head of the State Security Committee of the Republic of Belarus’ (Belarusian KGB) Investigations Department.  OFAC designated the Belarusian KGB on June 21, 2021 pursuant to E.O. 13405 for being responsible for, or having participated in, actions or policies that undermine democratic processes or institutions in Belarus.  Bychak publicly defended the detention of Belarusian-American dual national Youras Ziankovich in a supposed assassination plot, a fabricated attempt by the Lukashenka regime to justify the detention of Belarusian opposition figures.  Bychak also stated that protesters’ actions can be considered terrorist acts and hailed recent actions to suppress independent media as an operation “to purge radically disposed individuals.”  Bychak is sanctioned by the EU.  Bychak is being designated by OFAC today pursuant to the E.O. of August 9, 2021 for being or having been a leader or official of the GoB. 
 

RYANAIR INCIDENT

On May 23, 2021, Belarusian authorities forced the diversion of commercial Ryanair flight 4978 while the flight was in Belarusian airspace en route to Lithuania.  Once the plane landed in Minsk, Belarusian officials detained journalist Pratasevich and his partner, who were on board the Ryanair flight.  Both Pratasevich and his partner continue to be detained by Belarusian authorities.  This act, which Lukashenka claims was the result of a bomb threat, was decried by the international community and is currently the subject of an investigation by the International Civil Aviation Organization.  Today, OFAC designated five GoB officials in connection with the Ryanair incident:
 

  • Aliaksei Mikalaevich Auramenka (Auramenka), Belarus’ Minister of Transport and Communications;
  • Artsiom Sikorski (Sikorski), the head of the aviation department within the Ministry of Transport and Communications;
  • Leanid Churo (Churo), the director of Belarus’ air traffic control entity, who defended the forced diversion;
  • Vyacheslav Vasilyevich Khoroneko (Khoroneko), the director of the state-owned Minsk National Airport; and
  • Aleh Haidukevich (Haidukevich), a Belarusian member of parliament who defended the forced diversion. 

Auramenka, Sikorski, Churo, and Haidukevich are sanctioned by Canada, the EU, and the UK.  All five individuals are being designated by OFAC pursuant to the E.O. of August 9, 2021 for being or having been leaders or officials of the GoB. 
 

GOVERNMENT OF BELARUS OFFICIALS 

Belarusian government officials and politicians work to keep Lukashenka in power every day.  Today, OFAC designated two influential GoB officials that are particularly close to Lukashenka and contribute to the continuance of his regime. 
 

Lukashenka hired Darya Shmanai (Shmanai) to work in his protocol service shortly after college; she now serves as a Belarusian government official in Moscow, Russia.  Shmanai and Lukashenka are alleged to have a very close relationship and have often appeared together at public events. 
 

Genadz Davydzka (Davydzka) is a Belarusian member of parliament and the head of Belaya Rus, a pro-Lukashenka political organization.  Davydzka has encouraged the Belarusian state to use violence against peaceful protesters and vocally supported a piece of legislation that would recognize journalists covering protests as participants in the demonstrations.  The EU also sanctioned Davydzka. 
 

OFAC is designating Shmanai and Davydzka pursuant to the E.O. of August 9, 2021 for being or having been leaders or officials of the GoB.
 

ATHLETICS, HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES, AND CORRUPTION

Lukashenka considers himself both a sportsman and a patron of sports, using international athletic competitions as a symbol of regime prestige and potentially as a conduit of financial crimes.  Today, OFAC designated one Belarusian athlete and two Belarusian sports organizations tied to the Belarusian regime.
 

Dzmitry Shakuta (Shakuta) is a prominent Belarusian athlete and former champion kickboxer.  On November 11, 2020, he took part in a violent attack against Belarusian military veteran and peaceful protester Raman Bandarenka and helped transfer him to Belarusian authorities, where additional beatings likely took place ultimately leading to Bandarenka’s death.  Shakuta also allegedly works as a special training instructor for the Internal Troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus (Internal Troops).  OFAC designated the Internal Troops on June 21, 2021 pursuant to E.O. 13405 for being responsible for, or having participated in, actions or policies that undermine democratic processes or institutions in Belarus.
 

Shakuta is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13405 for being responsible for, or having participated in, human rights abuses related to political repression in Belarus.  Minsk-based gym Shock Sports Club is also being designated pursuant to E.O. 13405 for being owned or controlled by, directly or indirectly, Shakuta. 
 

OFAC is also designating the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus (Belarusian NOC).  Until February 2021, the Belarusian NOC was led by Lukashenka himself, at which point he transitioned control of the organization to his oldest son, Viktar Lukashenka.  Like his father, Viktar Lukashenka was included by the President in the Annex to E.O. 13405 on June 16, 2006.  Both Alyaksandr and Viktar Lukashenka were banned from attending the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, following their suspensions by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in December 2020 for failing to protect athletes who took part in protests against the Lukashenka regime.  The Belarusian NOC also allegedly serves as a tool for Lukashenka and his inner circle to launder funds and evade sanctions.  The Belarusian NOC is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13405 for being owned or controlled by, directly or indirectly, Viktar Lukashenka.
 

SANCTIONS IMPLICATIONS

As a result of today’s action, all property and interests in property of the individuals and entities 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. 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 otherwise 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 or the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person.

and State:

Holding the Lukashenka Regime to Account on the Anniversary of the Fraudulent Presidential Belarusian Election

On the one-year anniversary of Belarus’s fraudulent presidential election, the United States government has taken decisive action against forty-four individuals and entities in order to hold Alyaksandr Lukashenka and his regime to account for its continued, violent repression of Belarusians inside and outside the country.  These steps are a further consequence to the Belarusian authorities’ continued flagrant disregard for human rights and Belarus’s failure to comply with its obligations under international human rights law.

Pursuant to a new Executive Order the President signed today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated forty-four individuals and entities. These sanctions are the latest in a series of efforts demonstrating our determination to take action in the face of the increased repression and sharply deteriorating human rights situation in Belarus.  OFAC targeted, among others, entities and individuals, including state-owned enterprises, government officials, and others, who support the regime, facilitate its violent repression of the Belarusian people, and violate the rule of law.  

Democratic countries are stronger when they stand together. Alongside these U.S. actions, we welcome the steps taken today by the United Kingdom and Canada against the regime and those announced by the European Union on June 24. The United States further commends the ongoing close coordination with Lithuania and Poland as a demonstration of the steadfast international resolve in supporting the Belarusian people’s democratic aspirations.

One year ago, the people of Belarus turned out in record numbers to give voice to their democratic aspirations and desire for change.  Instead of honoring their votes, the regime fraudulently declared victory and embarked on a campaign of violence and repression.  Since that time, Lukashenka has sought to cement his hold on power at the expense of the Belarusian people.  Over 600 political prisoners are unjustly detained.  Independent media outlets have been raided and shuttered, and Belarusian authorities are attempting to silence NGOs and vital members of civil society.  Moreover, this repression does not occur solely within Belarus’s borders, as Belarusians abroad also face intimidation.  This repression features blatant disregard of international norms, as displayed by the brazen forced diversion of Ryanair flight 4978 for the purpose of arresting a Belarusian journalist, the dangerous attempt to intimidate the EU – in particular, our Ally Lithuania – by orchestrating irregular migrant flows on Belarus’s border, and most recently the attempted forced repatriation of Belarusian Olympian Krystsyna Tsimanouskaya, who has been offered a humanitarian visa by Poland.  These acts of transnational repression cannot be tolerated and must stop.  The United States stands in solidarity with our Allies and partners in responding to these threats.

The United States once again calls on the Belarusian authorities to end the crackdown on members of civil society, the media, athletes, students, legal professionals and other citizens, immediately release all political prisoners, engage in a genuine dialogue with the democratic opposition and civil society, as called for in the OSCE Expert Mission report, and hold free and fair elections under international observation.  We will continue working with the international community to hold to account those responsible for human rights violations and abuses in Belarus.

We stand with the people of Belarus in support of their human rights and fundamental freedoms.

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Links:

OFAC Notice

Executive Order

Belarus General License 4

FAQs 916, 917, 918

Press Releases – State, Treasury

Categories: Belarus Sanctions Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Guidance Licenses OFAC Updates Sanctions Lists

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