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SECO Syria sanctions: 2 people, 3 entities added, plus one update

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14 January 2022 International sanction 2022

Updated sanctions report

The Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER has amended Annex 7 to the Regulation of 8. June 2012 on measures against Syria (RS 946.231.172.7) published.

On the 13th On January 1, 2022, the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER amended the list of persons, companies and entities sanctioned in this context. The change is directly applicable in Switzerland. The WBF has therefore adapted the sanctions database SESAM (SECO Sanctions Management), which is relevant for Switzerland, and published the adaptation on its website. The change will take effect on the 14th. January 2022 at 6 p.m.

Financial intermediaries are invited to block the corresponding assets immediately and to report such business relationships to SECO in accordance with the provisions of the regulation. The notification to SECO does not exempt a financial intermediary from immediately reporting to the Anti-Money Laundering Reporting Office in accordance with Article 9 of the Anti-Money Laundering Act if conditions are met.

Swiss authorities added the following persons:

SSID: 200-46886 Name: Andrey Nikolaevich Troshev Spelling variant: Андрей Николаевич Трошев (Russian)
Sex: M Title: Retired Colonel DOB: 5 Apr 1953 POB: Leningrad, Russian Federation Good quality a.k.a.: a) Andrei b) Mykolayvych Nationality: Russian Federation
Justification: a) Executive Director (Chief of Staff) of the Wagner Group, which operates in Syria and trains and directs Syrian forces. The Wagner Group also supports the Assad regime and fights alongside regime-affiliated militias and the Syrian army. b) Andrey Troshev is directly involved in the military operations of the Wagner Group in Syria. He was particularly involved in the area of Deir ez-Zor. As such, he provides a crucial contribution to Bashar al-Assad's war effort and therefore supports and benefits from the Syrian regime. Relation: Related to Andrey Mikhailovich Bogatov (SSID 200-46898) Other information: a) Position(s): Retired colonel, Founding member and Executive Director (Chief of Staff) of the Wagner Group b) Rank: Retired Colonel c) Call sign: Siedoy d) Relatives/Associates: Dimitriy Utkin (Wagner Group Founder); Andrey Bogatov (Head of the 4th Attack and Reconnaissance Company of the Wagner Group), Aleksandr Sergeevich Kuznetsov (Commander of the 1st Attack and Reconnaissance Company of the Wagner Group) Modifications: Listed on 14 Jan 2022

SSID: 200-46898 Name: Andrey Mikhailovich Bogatov Spelling variant: Андрей Михайлович богатов (Russian)
Sex: M DOB: 14 Jun 1964 POB: Stary Oskol, Belgorod region, Russian Federation Good quality a.k.a.: a) Andrei b) Mychailovych Nationality: Russian Federation
Justification: a) Head of the 4th Attack and Reconnaissance Company of the Wagner Group, which operates in Syria and trains and directs Syrian forces. The Wagner Group also supports the Assad regime and fights alongside regime-affiliated militias and the Syrian army. b) Andrey Bogatov commands the operations of the Wagner Group and is directly involved in the military operations of the Wagner Group in Syria. He was particularly involved in the battle of Palmyra. As such, he provides a crucial contribution to Bashar al-Assad's war effort and therefore supports and benefits from the Syrian regime. Relation: Related to Andrey Nikolaevich Troshev (SSID 200-46886) Other information: a) Position(s): Head of the 4th Attack and Reconnaissance Company of the Wagner Group b) Call sign: Brodiaga c) Wagner group ID: M-1601 d) Relatives/Associates: Dimitriy Utkin (Wagner Group Founder); Andrey Nikolaevich Troshev (Founding member and Executive Director (Chief of Staff) of the Wagner Group), Aleksandr Sergeevich Kuznetsov (Commander of the 1st Attack and Reconnaissance Company of the Wagner Group) Modifications: Listed on 14 Jan 2022

and entities:

SSID: 200-46913 Name: Velada LLC Spelling variant: OOO Велада (Russian)
DOF: 29 Jun 2015 Address: Ochakovskoye Shosse, Dom 28, Building 2, Local 3, Room 8, Moscow, 119530, Russian Federation
Justification: a) Velada LLC is a private company that is involved in the oil and gas sector in Syria. b) In Dec 2019, the Syrian parliament approved a contract granting Velada LLC the right to develop oil and gas in Syria, including in oilfields in the regime-controlled areas in Northeast Syria and a gas field north of Damascus. Thus, it benefits from or supports the Syrian regime. Modifications: Listed on 14 Jan 2022

SSID: 200-46920 Name: Mercury LLC Spelling variant: OOO Меркурий (Russian) Address: Leninsky Prospekt, Dom 137, Building 1, Local 2, Room 5, Moscow, Russian Federation
Justification: a) Mercury LLC is a private company involved in the oil and gas sector in Syria. b) In Dec 2019, the Syrian parliament approved a contract granting Mercury LLC the right to develop oil and gas in Syria, including in oilfields in the regime-controlled areas in Northeast Syria and a gas field in the north of Damascus. Thus, it benefits from or supports the Syrian regime. Modifications: Listed on 14 Jan 2022

SSID: 200-46926 Name: Evro Polis LLC Spelling variant: OOO Евро Полис (Russian) Address: Ulitsa BratevGozozankinykh, Dom 2B, Pomeshchenie 3.1., Krasnogorsk, 143409, Russian Federation
Justification: a) Evro Polis LLC is a private company linked to the Wagner Group in Syria, involved in the mining, oil and gas sectors in Syria. b) Evro Polis LLC is used as a front for the Wagner Group in Syria. It has signed a number of contracts with the Syrian regime, through the state-owned General Petroleum Corp., under which it receives 25 % of the proceeds from the production of oil and gas in fields captured by the Wagner Group. Thus, it benefits from or supports the Syrian regime. Relation: Related to General Petroleum Corporation (GPC) (SSID 200-12483) Other information: Relatives/Associates: General Petroleum Corp. Modifications: Listed on 14 Jan 2022

to its Syrian sanctions program, and updated the following existing listing:

SSID: 200-46557 Name: Diala Barakat
Sex: W DOB: 1980
Justification: Minister of State. Appointed in Aug 2021. As a Government Minister, shares responsibility for the Syrian regime’s violent repression of the civilian population. Modifications: Listed on 25 Nov 2021, amended on 14 Jan 2022

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Categories: Sanctions Lists SECO Updates Syrian Sanctions

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