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Today at OFAC: some counter narcotics additions… but mostly, it’s Russia, Russia, Russia…

First, the following persons:

FLORES MENDOZA, Severo (a.k.a. "REY MAGO"), Ameca, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 09 Nov 1976; POB Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico; nationality Mexico; Gender Male; C.U.R.P. FOMS761109HJCLNV04 (Mexico) (individual) [ILLICIT-DRUGS-EO]. 

GODOY ARELLANO, Esther, Mexico; DOB 26 Jul 1968; POB Jerez, Zacatecas, Mexico; nationality Mexico; Gender Female; C.U.R.P. GOAE680726MZSDRS02 (Mexico) (individual) [ILLICIT-DRUGS-EO].

GONZALEZ ANGUIANO, Moises, Mexico; DOB 01 Apr 1992; POB Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; nationality Mexico; Gender Male; C.U.R.P. GOAM920401HSLNNS03 (Mexico) (individual) [ILLICIT-DRUGS-EO].

MONTERO PINZON, Julio Cesar (a.k.a. "EL TARJETAS"), Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 02 Jun 1982; POB Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico; nationality Mexico; Gender Male; C.U.R.P. MOPJ820602HJCNNL05 (Mexico) (individual) [ILLICIT-DRUGS-EO].

RINCON GODOY, Angelberto, Mexico; DOB 02 Jun 1991; POB Autlan de Navarro, Jalisco, Mexico; nationality Mexico; Gender Male; C.U.R.P. RIGA910602HJCNDN04 (Mexico) (individual) [ILLICIT-DRUGS-EO].

RINCON GODOY, Julio Efrain, Mexico; DOB 19 Sep 1995; POB Autlan de Navarro, Jalisco, Mexico; nationality Mexico; Gender Male; C.U.R.P. RIGJ950919HJCNDL07 (Mexico) (individual) [ILLICIT-DRUGS-EO].

were added to the SDN List under the ILLICIT-DRUGS-EO counter narcotics trafficking sanctions.

Next, the following persons:

FAIZULLIN, Irek Envarovich (Cyrillic: ФАЙЗУЛЛИН, Ирек Енварович), Russia; DOB 08 Dec 1962; POB Kazan, Russia; nationality Russia; Gender Male (individual) [RUSSIA-EO14024]. 

GASILOV, Andrei Valeryevich, Moscow, Russia; DOB 14 Jul 1982; POB Gorky, Russia; nationality Russia; citizen Russia; Gender Male; Tax ID No. 526310349913 (Russia) (individual) [RUSSIA-EO14024] (Linked To: JSC ARGUMENT).

GORKOV, Sergey Nikolaevich (Cyrillic: ГОРЬКОВ, Сергей Николаевич) (a.k.a. GORKOV, Sergei Nikolaevich; a.k.a. GORKOV, Sergei Nikolayevich; a.k.a. GORKOV, Sergey Nikolayevich), Russia; DOB 01 Dec 1968; POB Gay, Orenburg Region, Russia; nationality Russia; Gender Male; Tax ID No. 772900658791 (Russia) (individual) [RUSSIA-EO14024].

GRIGORENKO, Dmitriy Yuryevich (Cyrillic: ГРИГОРЕНКО, Дмитрий Юрьевич), Russia; DOB 14 Jul 1978; POB Nizhnevartovsk, Tyumen Region, Russia; nationality Russia; Gender Male (individual) [RUSSIA-EO14024].

KOCHMAN, Evgeniy Borisovich (Cyrillic: КОЧМАН, Евгений Борисович) (a.k.a. KOCHMAN, Evgenii Borisovich), Russia; Monaco; France; DOB 25 Aug 1980; nationality Russia; Gender Male; Tax ID No. 770465009803 (Russia) (individual) [RUSSIA-EO14024].

MIRTOVA, Elena Yuryevna (Cyrillic: МИРТОВА, Елена Юрьевна) (a.k.a. MIRTOVA, Yelena (Cyrillic: МИРТОВА, Елена)), Saint Petersburg, Russia; DOB 06 Jul 1961; POB Novokuznetsk, Russia; nationality Russia; Gender Female (individual) [RUSSIA-EO14024] (Linked To: ROLDUGIN, Sergei Pavlovich).

MORDASHOV, Alexey Aleksandrovich (Cyrillic: МОРДАШОВ, Алексей Александрович) (a.k.a. MORDASCHOV, Alexey Alexandrovits; a.k.a. MORDASHOV, Aleksei Aleksandrovich; a.k.a. MORDASHOV, Aleksey Aleksandrovich; a.k.a. MORDASHOV, Alexei Alexandrovich), Moscow, Russia; DOB 26 Sep 1965; POB Cherepovets, Vologda Region, Russia; nationality Russia; Gender Male; Tax ID No. 352806209266 (Russia) (individual) [RUSSIA-EO14024] (Linked To: SEVERGROUP LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY).

MORDASHOV, Kirill Alekseyevich (Cyrillic: МОРДАШОВ, Кирилл Алексеевич), Moscow, Russia; DOB Sep 1999; nationality Russia; Gender Male; Tax ID No. 352803586202 (Russia) (individual) [RUSSIA-EO14024] (Linked To: MORDASHOV, Alexey Aleksandrovich).

MORDASHOV, Nikita Alekseyevich (Cyrillic: МОРДАШОВ, Никита Алексеевич), Moscow, Russia; DOB 16 Dec 2000; nationality Russia; Gender Male; Tax ID No. 352807644913 (Russia) (individual) [RUSSIA-EO14024] (Linked To: MORDASHOV, Alexey Aleksandrovich).

MORDASHOVA, Marina Aleksandrovna (Cyrillic: МОРДАШОВА, Марина Александровна) (a.k.a. MORDASHOVA, Marina Alexandrovna), Russia; DOB 17 May 1979; nationality Russia; Gender Female (individual) [RUSSIA-EO14024] (Linked To: MORDASHOV, Alexey Aleksandrovich).

NISANOV, God Semenovich (Cyrillic: НИСАНОВ, ГОД СЕМЕНОВИЧ), Noviy Arbat, 31, 12-130, Moscow 121099, Russia; DOB 24 Apr 1972; POB Krasnaya Sloboda, Azerbaijan; nationality Russia; alt. nationality Azerbaijan; citizen Russia; Gender Male; Passport K00412210 (Cyprus); Tax ID No. 772374165781 (Russia) (individual) [RUSSIA-EO14024].

NOVITSKY, Evgeny Grigorievich (Cyrillic: НОВИЦКИЙ, Евгений Григорьевич) (a.k.a. NOVITSKI, Evgeni Grigorevich; a.k.a. NOVITSKIY, Evgeniy; a.k.a. NOVITSKIY, Evgeny Grigorevich), Moscow, Russia; DOB 19 Nov 1957; POB Asino, Tomoskoi Oblast, Russia; nationality Russia; Gender Male; Passport 515458326 (Russia); Tax ID No. 770100160851 (Russia) (individual) [RUSSIA-EO14024].

RESHETNIKOV, Maxim Gennadyevich (Cyrillic: РЕШЕТНИКОВ, Максим Геннадьевич), Russia; DOB 11 Jul 1979; POB Perm, Russia; nationality Russia; Gender Male (individual) [RUSSIA-EO14024].

ROLDUGIN, Sergei Pavlovich (Cyrillic: РОЛДУГИН, Сергей Павлович) (a.k.a. ROLDUGIN, Sergey (Cyrillic: РОЛДУГИН, Сергей)), Saint Petersburg, Russia; DOB 28 Sep 1951; POB Sakhalin Oblast, Russia; nationality Russia; Gender Male (individual) [RUSSIA-EO14024].

SAVELYEV, Vitaly Gennadyevich (Cyrillic: САВЕЛЬЕВ, Виталий Геннадьевич) (a.k.a. SAVELIEV, Vitaly Gennadyevich), Russia; DOB 18 Jan 1954; POB Tashkent, Uzbekistan; nationality Russia; Gender Male (individual) [RUSSIA-EO14024].

SLYUSAR, Yury Borisovich (Cyrillic: СЛЮСАРЬ, Юрий Борисович) (a.k.a. SLYUSAR, Yuri Borisovich; a.k.a. SLYUSAR, Yurii Borisovich), Moscow, Russia; DOB 20 Jul 1974; POB Rostov-on-Don, Russia; nationality Russia; Gender Male (individual) [RUSSIA-EO14024].

ZAKHAROVA, Mariya Vladimirovna (Cyrillic: ЗАХАРОВА, Мария Владимировна) (a.k.a. ZACHAROVA, Maria; a.k.a. ZAKAROVA, Marija; a.k.a. ZAKHAROVA, Maria Vladimirovna; a.k.a. ZAKHAROVA, Mariia Vladimirovna), Russia; DOB 24 Dec 1975; POB Moscow, Russia; nationality Russia; Gender Female (individual) [RUSSIA-EO14024].

entities:

IMPERIAL YACHTS SARL (a.k.a. IMPERIAL YACHTS LIMITED; a.k.a. IMPERIAL YACHTS LTD), 27, Bd Albert 1Er, Ermanno Palace Bloc A-7ETG-N01, 98000, Monaco; Moscow, Russia; PO Box 437 Kensington Chambers, 46 50 Kensington Place, St Helier JE4 0ZE, Jersey; United Kingdom; Organization Established Date 2005; Registration Number 08S04803 (Monaco) [RUSSIA-EO14024] (Linked To: KOCHMAN, Evgeniy Borisovich). 

IRONSTONE MARINE INVESTMENTS, SCF Unicom Tower, Maximos Plaza, a8, Maximou Michailidi Street, Neapolis, Limassol 3106, Cyprus; Organization Type: Activities of holding companies; Target Type Private Company; Identification Number IMO 3001731 [RUSSIA-EO14024] (Linked To: PUTIN, Vladimir Vladimirovich).

JSC ARGUMENT (a.k.a. ARGUMENT JSC; a.k.a. JOINT STOCK COMPANY ARGUMENT), Ul. 2-Ya Entuziastov D. 5, K. 40, Floor 4, Kom. 8A, Office 3, Moscow 111024, Russia; Office 36, ul Novorossiyskaya 163R, Gelendzhik, Krasnodarskiy Kray 353460, Russia; Organization Established Date 10 Dec 2020; Tax ID No. 7720649916 (Russia); Identification Number IMO 6297782; Registration Number 1207700471110 (Russia) [RUSSIA-EO14024] (Linked To: PUTIN, Vladimir Vladimirovich).

LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY ALGORITM (Cyrillic: ОБЩЕСТВО С ОГРАНИЧЕННОЙ ОТВЕТСТВЕННОСТЬЮ АЛГОРИТМ) (a.k.a. LLC ALGORITM (Cyrillic: ООО АЛГОРИТМ)), 33 Pobedy Avenue, Cherepovets, Vologda Region 162614, Russia; Tax ID No. 3528112847 (Russia); Registration Number 1063528067272 (Russia) [RUSSIA-EO14024] (Linked To: MORDASHOV, Alexey Aleksandrovich).

LIMITED LIABILITY CORPORATION GELIOS (Cyrillic: ОБЩЕСТВО C ОГРАНИЧЕННОЙ ОТВЕТСТВЕННОСТЬЮ ГЕЛИОС) (a.k.a. "HELIOS"), Liniya 11-ya v.o. d. 38, Lit. A, Pom. 80, Saint Petersburg 199178, Russia; Organization Established Date 23 May 2013; Tax ID No. 7801602842 (Russia) [RUSSIA-EO14024] (Linked To: NON-PROFIT PARTNERSHIP REVIVAL OF MARITIME TRADITIONS).

NON-PROFIT PARTNERSHIP REVIVAL OF MARITIME TRADITIONS (a.k.a. NON-PROFIT ASSOCIATION REVIVAL OF MARITIME TRADITIONS; a.k.a. NON-PROFIT-MAKING PARTNERSHIP REVIVAL OF MARITIME TRADITIONS; a.k.a. REVIVAL OF MARITIME TRADITIONS (Cyrillic: ВОЗРОЖДЕНИЕ МОРСКИХ ТРАДИЦИЙ)), Pr-kt bolshoi v.o. d. 9/6, Lit. A, Pom. 3n, Saint Petersburg 199004, Russia; Organization Established Date 20 Oct 2009; Tax ID No. 7805303650 (Russia); Registration Number 1097800006380 (Russia) [RUSSIA-EO14024].

NORD GOLD PLC (f.k.a. NORD GOLD SE; f.k.a. NORD GOLD UK SOCIETAS; a.k.a. NORDGOLD), 27 Dover Street, Mayfair, London W1S 4LZ, United Kingdom; Russia; Burkina Faso; Guinea; Organization Established Date 24 Jun 2016; Company Number 13287342 (United Kingdom) [RUSSIA-EO14024] (Linked To: MORDASHOV, Alexey Aleksandrovich; Linked To: MORDASHOVA, Marina Aleksandrovna).

O'NEILL ASSETS CORPORATION (a.k.a. O'NEILL ASSETS CORP), Cayman Islands; C, SCF Unicom Tower, Maximos Plaza, 18, Maximou Michailidi Street, Neapolis, Limassol 3106, Cyprus; Organization Type: Activities of holding companies; Target Type Private Company [RUSSIA-EO14024] (Linked To: PUTIN, Vladimir Vladimirovich).

OOO BILDING MENEDZHMENT (Cyrillic: ООО БИЛДИНГ МЕНЕДЖМЕНТ) (a.k.a. BLD MANAGEMENT; a.k.a. "BILDING MANAGEMENT"), Per. Butikovskii D. 7, Floor 3, Pom. I Komnata 1, Moscow 119034, Russia; Organization Established Date 27 Jul 2016; Tax ID No. 7703413861 (Russia); Registration Number 1167746703464 (Russia) [RUSSIA-EO14024] (Linked To: KOCHMAN, Evgeniy Borisovich).

OOO NORD MARIN INZHINIRING (Cyrillic: OOO НОРД МАРИН ИНЖИНИРИНГ) (a.k.a. NORD MARIN INZHINIRING), Sh. Leningradskoe D. 39, Str. 6, Pom. XXIV, Moscow 125212, Russia; Organization Established Date 27 Jul 2016; Tax ID No. 7743165541 (Russia); Registration Number 1167746706137 (Russia) [RUSSIA-EO14024] (Linked To: KOCHMAN, Evgeniy Borisovich).

OOO NORD MARINE (Cyrillic: ООО НОРД МАРИН) (a.k.a. NORD MARINE), Ul. Rochdelskaya D. 11/5, Str. 1, Moscow 123100, Russia; Organization Established Date 16 Apr 2001; Tax ID No. 7716204897 (Russia); Registration Number 1027700401024 (Russia) [RUSSIA-EO14024] (Linked To: KOCHMAN, Evgeniy Borisovich).

OOO YAKHT-TREID (Cyrillic: ООО ЯХТ-ТРЕЙД) (a.k.a. YAKHT TREID), Sh. Leningradskoe D. 39, Str. 6, Moscow 125212, Russia; Organization Established Date 01 Oct 2010; Tax ID No. 7743794726 (Russia); Registration Number 1107746800270 (Russia) [RUSSIA-EO14024] (Linked To: KOCHMAN, Evgeniy Borisovich).

PUBLIC JOINT STOCK COMPANY SEVERSTAL (Cyrillic: ПУБЛИЧНОЕ АКЦИОНЕРНОЕ ОБЩЕСТВО СЕВЕРСТАЛЬ) (a.k.a. PAO SEVERSTAL (Cyrillic: ПАО СЕВЕРСТАЛЬ)), 30 Mira Street, Cherepovets, Vologda Region 162608, Russia; Tax ID No. 3528000597 (Russia); Registration Number 1023501236901 (Russia) [RUSSIA-EO14024] (Linked To: MORDASHOV, Alexey Aleksandrovich).

SCF MANAGEMENT SERVICES CYPRUS LTD, Tower II, Maximos Plaza, Maximos Michailidis 18, Neapolis 3106, Cyprus; Organization Established Date 24 Jan 1991; V.A.T. Number CY10042739H (Cyprus); Tax ID No. 10042739H (Cyprus); Registration Number C42739 (Cyprus) [RUSSIA-EO14024].

SEVERGROUP LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (Cyrillic: ОБЩЕСТВО С ОГРАНИЧЕННОЙ ОТВЕТСТВЕННОСТЬЮ СЕВЕРГРУПП) (a.k.a. SEVERGROUP LLC; a.k.a. SEVERGRUPP OOO), 33 Prospekt Pobedy, Cherepovets, Vologda Region 162614, Russia; Organization Established Date 06 Feb 2002; Tax ID No. 3528080360 (Russia); Registration Number 1023501241950 (Russia) [RUSSIA-EO14024].

vessels:

FLYING FOX (ZGHN) Yacht 9,022GRT Cayman Islands flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 9829394; MMSI 319133800 (vessel) [RUSSIA-EO14024] (Linked To: IMPERIAL YACHTS SARL). 

GRACEFUL (UBGV8) Yacht 2,685GRT Russia flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 1011551 (vessel) [RUSSIA-EO14024] (Linked To: PUTIN, Vladimir Vladimirovich).

MADAME GU (ZGCW7) Yacht 2,991GRT Cayman Islands flag; Secondary sanctions risk: Ukraine-/Russia-Related Sanctions Regulations, 31 CFR 589.201 and/or 589.209; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 1011331 (vessel) [UKRAINE-EO13661] [RUSSIA-EO14024] (Linked To: SKOCH, Andrei Vladimirovich).

NEGA (Cyrillic: НЕГА) (J8Y4483) Yacht Russia flag; Vessel Registration Identification RS 130280 (Russia); MMSI 273337970 (vessel) [RUSSIA-EO14024] (Linked To: LIMITED LIABILITY CORPORATION GELIOS).

OLYMPIA (ZCGR) Yacht 776GRT Cayman Islands flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 1006960; MMSI 319766000 (vessel) [RUSSIA-EO14024] (Linked To: PUTIN, Vladimir Vladimirovich).

SHELLEST (Cyrillic: ШЕЛЛЕСТ) (UBAO8) Yacht Russia flag; Vessel Registration Identification RS 150443 (Russia); MMSI 273385420 (vessel) [RUSSIA-EO14024] (Linked To: NON-PROFIT PARTNERSHIP REVIVAL OF MARITIME TRADITIONS).

and aircraft:

3A-MGU; Aircraft Model AS365 Dauphin; Aircraft Manufacturer's Serial Number (MSN) 6959; Aircraft Tail Number 3A-MGU; Secondary sanctions risk: Ukraine-/Russia-Related Sanctions Regulations, 31 CFR 589.201 and/or 589.209 (aircraft) [UKRAINE-EO13661] [RUSSIA-EO14024] (Linked To: SKOCH, Andrei Vladimirovich). 

were added to the SDN List under the Russian Harmful Foreign Activities sanctions. And the following entity:

SRL SKYLINE AVIATION (a.k.a. SKYLINE AVIATION LTD; a.k.a. SKYLINE AVIATION SRL), Via Consiglio dei Sessanta, 99, Dogana, 47891, San Marino; Secondary sanctions risk: Ukraine-/Russia-Related Sanctions Regulations, 31 CFR 589.201 and/or 589.209; Organization Established Date 2016; Organization Type: Passenger air transport; Tax ID No. 26806 (San Marino) [UKRAINE-EO13685].

was added under the Russia/Ukraine-related program under Executive Order 13685 (the Crimea-related one issued by President Obama). The following vessel:

SEA RHAPSODY (V7VR9) Yacht 1,503GRT Marshall Islands flag; Secondary sanctions risk: Ukraine-/Russia-Related Sanctions Regulations, 31 CFR 589.201 and/or 589.209; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 1010648; MMSI 538071180 (vessel) [UKRAINE-EO13661] (Linked To: KOSTIN, Andrey Leonidovich). 

was added under the Russia/Ukraine-related Executive Order 13661. And the following aircraft:

P4-MGU; Aircraft Manufacture Date 18 Feb 2013; Aircraft Model A319; Aircraft Manufacturer's Serial Number (MSN) 5445; Aircraft Tail Number P4-MGU; Secondary sanctions risk: Ukraine-/Russia-Related Sanctions Regulations, 31 CFR 589.201 and/or 589.209 (aircraft) [UKRAINE-EO13661] [RUSSIA-EO14024] (Linked To: SKOCH, Andrei Vladimirovich).  

T7-OKY; Aircraft Manufacture Date 2014; Aircraft Model BD700-1A10 Global 6000; Aircraft Manufacturer's Serial Number (MSN) 9576; Secondary sanctions risk: Ukraine-/Russia-Related Sanctions Regulations, 31 CFR 589.201 and/or 589.209; Registration Number T7-OKY (San Marino) (aircraft) [UKRAINE-EO13685] (Linked To: SRL SKYLINE AVIATION).

were added under Russia/Ukraine-related Executive Orders (1 under 13661, 1 under 13685).

Additionally, the following SSI (Sectoral Sanctions Identifications) List entry was updated:

LLC BALTECH (a.k.a. BALTECH LLC; a.k.a. OOO 'BALTECH'), Russia; Executive Order 13662 Directive Determination - Subject to Directive 1; Secondary sanctions risk: Ukraine-/Russia-Related Sanctions Regulations, 31 CFR 589.201 and/or 589.209; For more information on directives, please visit the following link: https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Pages/ukraine.aspx#directives [UKRAINE-EO13662] (Linked To: BANK OF MOSCOW). -to- LLC BALTECH (Cyrillic: ООО БАЛТЕХ) (a.k.a. BALTECH LLC; a.k.a. LIMITED LIABILITY CORPORATION BALTECH (Cyrillic: ОБЩЕСТВО С ОГРАНИЧЕННОЙ ОТВЕТСТВЕННОСТЬЮ БАЛТЕХ); a.k.a. OBSCHESTVO S OGRANICHENNOY OTVETSTVENNOSTYU BALTEKH; a.k.a. OOO BALTECH; a.k.a. OOO BALTEKH), Ulitsa Yunnatov, Dom 3, Liter A, Ofis 15, Saint Petersburg 192177, Russia (Cyrillic: Улица Юннатов, Дом 3, Литер А, Офис 15, Санкт-Петербург 192177, Russia); Executive Order 13662 Directive Determination - Subject to Directive 1; Secondary sanctions risk: Ukraine-/Russia-Related Sanctions Regulations, 31 CFR 589.201 and/or 589.209; Organization Established Date 16 Dec 2004; Tax ID No. 7840309622 (Russia); Registration Number 1047855168140 (Russia); For more information on directives, please visit the following link: https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Pages/ukraine.aspx#directives [UKRAINE-EO13662] (Linked To: BANK OF MOSCOW). 

And there was an updated version of Russia General License 25 – version 25B adds Limited Liability Company Algorithm to the list of companies for whom GL25 does not apply in subsection (c)(4).

And there are 3 new General Licenses:

  • General License 36 authorizes transactions to wind down dealings with Severstal (the steel & mining concern)
  • General License 37 authorizes transactions to wind down dealings with Nord Gold
  • General License 38 authorizes pension payments to U.S. persons

And then we have press releases for the Russia-related changes from the State Department: a

Targeting Russia’s Oligarchs and Vessels

PRESS STATEMENT

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE

JUNE 2, 2022Share

Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale further invasion of Ukraine on February 24, leading to civilian casualties and widespread reports of war crimes and other atrocities perpetrated by Russia’s forces in Ukraine. The world has seen the extraordinary bravery of the people of Ukraine in the face of Russia’s brutality. The United States will continue to work with our partners and allies to impose severe costs on the Government of the Russian Federation for its aggression against Ukraine and utter disregard for human rights and fundamental freedoms. The Department of State is designating more Russian oligarchs and elites today, in addition to family members and entities associated with those oligarchs and elites.

Specifically, we are designating God Nisanov, one of the richest men in Europe and a close associate of several Russian officials, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 14024. The Department of State is similarly designating Evgeny Novitskiy, a Russian elite with close ties to the Government of the Russian Federation.

We are also designating Maria Zakharova, the spokesperson of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for her role as an official of the Government of the Russian Federation. The EU, UK, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand have previously designated Maria Zakharova. The Department is designating Sergei Gorkov for his role in the Government of the Russian Federation as the head of RosGeo.

Finally, the Department is designating Alexey Mordashov, the leader of Severgroup and one of Russia’s wealthiest billionaires, along with his wife and two adult children. The EU, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK previously designated Alexey Mordashov. Four of Mordashov’s companies are also being designated, including: Severgroup, a multi-billion-dollar investment company operating in metallurgy, engineering, tourism, banking, technology, media and finance; Severstal, which is among Russia’s leading domestic steel producers; Algoritm, a Russian technology, media, and advertising company; and Nord Gold, which is a gold mining company with operations in Russia, Africa, South America, and North America.

Additionally, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is taking further action to degrade the networks allowing Russia’s elites, including President Putin, to anonymously make use of luxury assets around the globe. OFAC’s action targets close associate of President Putin and money-manager, Sergei Roldugin, further designates entities connected to Russian elites, and identifies yachts and aircraft in which Russia’s elites maintain interests.

President Putin’s war against Ukraine is also an attack on the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity, enshrined in the UN Charter. Ukraine is fighting valiantly to defend its people and its independence with unprecedented assistance from the United States and countries around the world. The United States will continue to support the people of Ukraine while promoting accountability for President Putin and those enabling Russian aggression.

nd Treasury Department:

PRESS RELEASES

U.S. Treasury Severs More Networks Providing Support for Putin and Russia’s Elites

June 2, 2022

Targeting key nodes of Russian attempts to evade unprecedented U.S. sanctions

Kremlin elites, luxury assets, and Putin’s favored yachts blocked

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is taking further action to degrade the key networks used by Russia’s elites, including President Vladimir Putin, to attempt to hide and move money and anonymously make use of luxury assets around the globe. Today’s action targets a Kremlin-aligned yacht brokerage, several prominent Russian government officials, and a close Putin associate and money-manager, Sergei Roldugin, who is a custodian of President Putin’s offshore wealth. In order to further tighten and enforce existing sanctions, this action further identifies yachts and aircraft in which sanctioned Russian elites maintain interests.

“Russia’s elites, up to and including President Putin, rely on complex support networks to hide, move, and maintain their wealth and luxury assets,” said Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson. “Today’s action demonstrates that Treasury can and will go after those responsible for shielding and maintaining these ill-gotten interests. We will continue to enforce our sanctions and expose the corrupt systems by which President Putin and his elites enrich themselves.”

Today’s actions were taken pursuant to Executive Orders (E.O.) 14024, E.O. 13685, and E.O. 13661, and further align the United States with its international partners and allies. Today’s designations were taken in tandem with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Commerce. The U.S. Department of State imposed sanctions on five of Russia’s oligarchs and elites, including Maria Zakharova, the spokesperson of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Alexey Mordashov, the leader of Severgroup and one of Russia’s wealthiest billionaires; and family members and entities associated with the oligarchs and elites. The U.S. Department of Commerce is adding 71 additional parties located in Russia and Belarus to the Entity List, further restricting the Russian military’s ability to obtain technologies and other items it needs to sustain aggression and project power.

PUTIN-LINKED YACHTS

Today, OFAC is identifying Russia-flagged Graceful and Cayman Islands-flagged Olympia, as blocked property in which President Vladimir Putin has an interest. On February 25, 2022, OFAC designated Vladimir Putin pursuant to E.O. 14024 for being or having been a leader, official, senior executive officer, or member of the board of directors of the Government of the Russian Federation (GoR). While the leader of Russia, Putin has taken numerous trips on these yachts, including a 2021 trip in the Black Sea where he was joined by Alyaksandr Lukashenka, the OFAC-designated corrupt ruler of Belarus, who has supported Russia’s war against Ukraine.

Olympia yacht

Olympia (Photo credit: Feadship)

OFAC also designated the following entities and an individual who were registered owners of or involved in the management of either Graceful or Olympia. OFAC designated Russian Federation state-owned, Cyprus-registered SCF Management Services Cyprus Ltd pursuant to E.O. 14024 for being owned or controlled by, or for having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, the GoR. OFAC designated Ironstone Marine Investments, JSC Argument, and O’Neill Assets Corporation pursuant to 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, Vladimir Putin. OFAC additionally designated JSC Argument’s sole shareholder and former director, Andrei Valeryevich Gasilov, pursuant to E.O. 14024 for being or having been a leader, official, senior executive officer, or member of the board of directors of JSC Argument.

OFAC also targeted two additional yachts linked to Putin, Shellest and Nega, which are owned by the Russian company Non-Profit Partnership Revival of Maritime Traditions (Revival of Maritime Traditions) and its Russian subsidiary Limited Liability Company Gelios (LLC Gelios), respectively. OFAC designated Revival of Maritime Traditions pursuant to E.O. 14024 for operating or having operated in the marine sector of the Russian Federation economy. OFAC designated LLC Gelios pursuant to E.O. 14024 for being owned or controlled by, or for having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, Revival of Maritime Traditions. OFAC identified Shellest as blocked property in which Revival of Maritime Traditions has an interest and identified Nega as blocked property in which LLC Gelios has an interest. Shellest periodically travels to the coast where President Putin’s infamous Black Sea Palace is located, and President Putin uses Nega for travel in Russia’s North.

Shellest yacht

Shellest (Credit: Romeo United Yachts)

KREMLIN-ALIGNED YACHT BROKERAGE

Imperial Yachts SARL (Imperial Yachts) is a yacht brokerage that offers a variety of services relating to superyachts, including their design, order, charter, and management. In addition to their head office in Monaco, Imperial Yachts maintains an office in Russia’s capital and provides yacht-related services to Russia’s elites, including those in President Putin’s inner circle. When not in use by their owners, superyachts can be offered for charter through businesses such as Imperial Yachts, generating income for the owners, who are in some cases Russia’s oligarchs. Imperial Yachts conducts business with U.S.-designated oligarchs, including through providing management services to at least one yacht linked to an OFAC-designated individual. 

OFAC designated Monaco-based Imperial Yachts and its Russian CEO, Evgeniy Borisovich Kochman (Kochman), pursuant to E.O. 14024 for operating or having operated in the marine sector of the Russian Federation economy. OFAC also designated Imperial Yachts pursuant to E.O. 14024 for being owned or controlled by, or for having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, Kochman. 

Additionally, OFAC identified the largest yacht currently available for charter through Imperial Yachts, Flying Fox, as blocked property in which Imperial Yachts has an interest.

Flying Fox yacht

Flying Fox (credit: Tom Drust)

The entities OOO Nord MarineOOO Yakht-TreidOOO Bilding Management, and OOO Nord Marin Inzhiniring were designated pursuant to E.O. 14024 for being owned or controlled by, or for having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, Kochman.

PUTIN’S MIDDLE-MAN

Sergei Pavlovich Roldugin (Roldugin) is a close friend and part of a system that manages President Putin’s offshore wealth. The two have known each other for over four decades, and Roldugin is the godfather to one of Putin’s daughters. Roldugin is a cellist, conductor, and the artistic director of the St. Petersburg Music House, a state-owned cultural institution in Russia. Elena Yuryevna Mirtova (Mirtova), Roldugin’s wife, is a soprano opera singer and actress who has performed alongside her husband. Roldugin was previously designated by the European Union, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.

Roldugin was designated today pursuant to E.O. 14024 for being or having been a leader, official, senior executive officer, or member of the board of directors of the GoR. Mirtova was designated pursuant to E.O. 14024 for being a spouse or adult child of Roldugin.

ADDITIONAL YACHTS AND AIRCRAFT

OFAC designated San Marino-based SRL Skyline Aviation (Skyline) pursuant to E.O. 13685 for operating in the Crimea region of Ukraine and identified aircraft T7-OKY as property in which Skyline has an interest. As part of a scheme involving jets owned by VTB Bank and controlled by the chief of staff of VTB Bank’s CEO, Andrei Kostin (Kostin), the jets were transferred to an anonymous offshore company. Kostin’s chief of staff still manages these jets, which Skyline operated. OFAC designated VTB Bank pursuant to E.O. 14024 for being owned or controlled by, or for having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, the GoR, and for operating or having operated in the financial services sector of the Russian Federation economy. OFAC designated Kostin in 2018 pursuant to E.O. 13661 for being an official of the GoR.

As part of today’s action, OFAC also identified a yacht named Sea Rhapsody as property in which Kostin has an interest. Priced at $65 million, Kostin’s yacht Sea Rhapsody is flagged in the Marshall Islands and has an International Maritime Organization (IMO) number of 1010648.

T7-OKY plane

T7-OKY (“T7-OKY@ZRH;21.01.2020” by  https://www.flickr.com/photos/46423105@N03 is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.)

OFAC identified Cayman Islands-flagged yacht, Madame Gu, helicopter 3A-MGUhoused on the yacht, and private plane P4-MGU as blocked property in which twice-designated Russian Federation Duma member and billionaire Andrei Vladimirovich Skoch (Skoch) has an interest. The 324-foot Madame Gu (IMO 1011331), which is valued at $156 million, includes an elevator, beach club, gym, and requires significant maintenance and repair, including approximately $1 million for painting annually. OFAC designated Skoch in 2022 pursuant to E.O. 14024 for being or having been a leader, official, senior executive officer, or member of the board of directors of the GoR and in 2018 pursuant to E.O. 13661 for being an official of the GoR.

3A-MGU yacht taking off from the deck of Madame Gu

3A-MGU taking off from the deck of Madame Gu (Dutch Yachting via Youtube)

P4-MGU plane taking off

P4-MGU (“Global Jet Luxembourg, P4-MGU, Airbus A319-115 CJ” by Anna Zvereva is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.)

TOP RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS

Yury Slyusar (Slyusar) is the President of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), a Russian state-owned company and major supplier of aircraft to Russia’s military, and one of the leading actors in Russia’s industry and defense sector with close ties to the GoR. UAC has supplied aircraft that have been used by Russia’s military to threaten and destabilize Ukraine. UAC is 88 percent owned by Rostec, a Russian stated-owned defense company subject to the debt-related prohibitions of Directive 3 under E.O. 13662.

Slyusar was designated today pursuant to E.O. 14024 for having been a leader, official, senior executive officer, or member of the board of directors of the GoR and for operating or having operated in the aerospace sector of the Russian Federation economy. Slyusar has previously been designated by the European Union, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

Vitaly Savelyev (Savelyev) is the Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation and a member of the Board of Directors of Russian Railways; he also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Aeroflot. Savelyev was designated today pursuant to E.O. 14024 for being or having been a leader, official, senior executive officer, or member of the board of directors of the GoR. Savelyev has previously been designated by the European Union and the United Kingdom.

Maxim Reshetnikov (Reshetnikov) is the Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation. Reshetnikov serves on the board of sanctioned Russian entities, including VTB Bank, VEB.RF, and Russian Railways. Reshetnikov was designated today pursuant to E.O. 14024 for being or having been a leader, official, senior executive officer, or member of the board of directors of the GoR. Reshetnikov has previously been designated by the European Union, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Irek Envarovich Faizullin (Faizullin) is the Minister of Construction, Housing and Utilities of Russia and is a member of the board of directors of Russian Railways. Faizullin was designated today pursuant to E.O 14024 for being or having been a leader, official, senior executive officer, or member of the board of directors of the GoR. Faizullin has previously been designated by the European Union and the United Kingdom.

Dmitriy Yuryevich Grigorenko (Grigorenko) is the Deputy Prime Minister and Chief of the Government Staff of Russia. Grigorenko was designated today pursuant to E.O. 14024 for being or having been a leader, official, senior executive officer, or member of the board of directors of the GoR. Grigorenko has previously been designated by the European Union, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

SANCTIONS IMPLICATIONS

As a result of today’s action, all property and interests in property of the designated 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. 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.

I find the pictures of the yachts and planes a nice touch….

And there was a press release from Treasury:

PRESS RELEASES

Treasury Works with Government of Mexico to Sanction Corrupt Police Official and Other Individuals Supporting CJNG

June 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated six individuals pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 14059 because of their support for, or actions on behalf of, the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG), a violent Mexico-based organization that traffics a significant proportion of the fentanyl and other deadly drugs that enter the United States. Today’s action is the result of a collaboration between the U.S. Treasury Department, the Government of Mexico, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). U.S. Customs and Border Protection also provided support to this case.  

“Violence and corruption have been critical to CJNG’s growth in the past decade,” said Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian E. Nelson. “These two forces have fueled the cartel’s territorial expansion, and with it a greater capacity to traffic deadly drugs to the United States. Meanwhile, support networks help CJNG’s fugitive leaders remain in hiding and evade justice. Treasury will continue working with U.S. partners and the Mexican government to target the violence, corruption, and facilitation that undergird CJNG’s power.” 

Severo Flores Mendoza (Flores Mendoza) is a corrupt municipal police official and national of Mexico who provides law enforcement information to CJNG in exchange for bribes. Currently, Flores Mendoza is the police chief of Ameca, Jalisco, Mexico. He is also the coordinator of police chiefs for the Valles region of Jalisco, which is composed of 14 municipalities including Ameca. This region lies in the area between Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta. Flores Mendoza has held other law enforcement positions in Jalisco over the past decade. In 2014, Flores Mendoza failed a trust exam issued to police officials yet has continued his career in law enforcement. 

Julio Cesar Montero Pinzon (Montero Pinzon) is part of a violent CJNG enforcement group based in Puerto Vallarta that orchestrates assassinations of rivals and politicians using high-powered weaponry. Mexican national Montero Pinzon is a close associate of Carlos Andres Rivera Varela (a.k.a. “La Firma”) and Francisco Javier Gudino Haro (a.k.a. “La Gallina”), who were previously designated. Puerto Vallarta is a CJNG strategic stronghold, not only for drug trafficking but also money laundering and extortion. 

Saul Alejandro Rincon Godoy (Rincon Godoy) (a.k.a. “Chopa”) was a senior member of CJNG who recently died in Puerto Vallarta following a confrontation with Mexican authorities. Prior to his death, Rincon Godoy acted as the intermediary between CJNG leader Ruben Oseguera Cervantes (Osegura Cervantes, aka “Mencho”) and senior cartel members, and was linked to assassinations conducted by CJNG in Puerto Vallarta. He also led a network supporting Osegura Cervantes, which included his family members who are being designated today:  Esther Godoy Arellano(mother), Angelberto Rincon Godoy (brother), Julio Efrain Rincon Godoy (brother), and Moises Gonzalez Anguiano (brother-in-law), who was recently arrested by Mexican authorities. 

PREVIOUS ACTIONS AGAINST CJNG

On April 8, 2015, OFAC designated CJNG, along with its leader Oseguera Cervantes, pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) for playing a significant role in international narcotics trafficking. On December 15, 2021, OFAC also designated CJNG and Oseguera Cervantes pursuant to E.O. 14059. The U.S. Department of State’s Narcotics Rewards Program has issued a reward of up to $10 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Oseguera Cervantes. 

OFAC has also designated a wide range of businesses and individuals linked to CJNG and its close ally, the Los Cuinis Drug Trafficking Organization (Los Cuinis). The previously designated businesses in Mexico include shopping centers, real estate companies, agricultural companies, a music promotion business, and a luxury boutique hotel. Many of these entities have engaged in the laundering of drug proceeds and represent attempts by CJNG and Los Cuinis to integrate their illicit profits into the legitimate economy. Among the sanctioned individuals are those who play critical roles in CJNG’s drug trafficking activities, including money laundering, and those who facilitate corrupt activities on behalf of CJNG and Los Cuinis. 

SANCTIONS IMPLICATIONS

As a result of today’s action, all property and interests in property of these designated individuals that are in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons must be blocked and reported to OFAC. OFAC’s regulations generally prohibit all transactions by U.S. persons or persons within (or transiting) the United States that involve any property or interests in property of designated or otherwise blocked persons. U.S. persons may face civil or criminal penalties for violations of E.O. 14059 and the Kingpin Act.

Today’s action is part of a whole-of-government effort to counter the global threat posed by the trafficking of illicit drugs into the United States that is causing the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans annually, as well as countless more non-fatal overdoses. OFAC, in coordination with its U.S. Government partners and foreign counterparts, will continue to target and pursue accountability for foreign illicit drug actors.

U.S. sanctions need not be permanent; sanctions are intended to bring about a positive change of behavior. Consistent with the findings of Treasury’s 2021 Sanctions Review, the removal of sanctions is available for persons designated under counter narcotics authorities who demonstrate a change in behavior and no longer engage in activities linked to international illicit drug trafficking or other sanctionable activity. 

For information concerning the process for seeking removal from any OFAC list, including the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (SDN List), please refer to OFAC’s Frequently Asked Question 897. Additional information regarding sanctions programs administered by OFAC can be found here.

about the narcotics designations, and a press chart, too:

Links:

OFAC Notice

General Licenses – 25B, 36, 37, 38

Russia-related press releases – Treasury, State

Counter Narcotics-related press releases – Treasury

CJNG Press Chart

Categories: Consolidated Sanctions List Crimea Ukraine sanctions Foreign Persons Involved in the Global Illicit Drug Trade (E.O. 14059) Licenses Narcotics Trafficking OFAC Updates Russian Harmful Foreign Activities Sanctions Sanctions Lists Sectoral Sanctions Identification (SSI) List Ukraine sanctions Wind Down Activities

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