United States sanctions 6 Russia-flagged vessels, 4 companies & 2 individuals - treasury

Marco Green
August 21, 2018

The Trump administration on Tuesday announced that it is sanctioning two Russian firms and individuals for attempting to evade USA sanctions penalizing Moscow for engaging in malicious cyber activity.

The additional sanctions have been made to "disrupt Russian efforts to circumvent our sanctions", said US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

The United States had sanctioned Divetechnoservices in June for procuring underwater equipment and diving systems for Russian government agencies, including Russia's FSB intelligence agency.

The penalties have been imposed over the Russian companies' alleged involvement in the banned ship-to-ship transfer of refined petroleum products to North Korea-flagged vessels.

The Russian firms newly subject to US sanctions are Vela-Marine Ltd., which tried to act for or on behalf of Divetechnoservices, and Lacno S.R.O., which provided material support for the underwater firm, according to USA officials. The US Department of Treasury announced expansion of sanction lists related to North Korea and sanctions linked to cyberspace actions on Tuesday.

At the time of the sanctions in June, Mr Mnuchin said the USA was "engaged in an ongoing effort to counter malicious actors working at the behest of the Russian Federation and its military and intelligence units to increase Russia's offensive cyber capabilities".

In its statement, the U.S. Treasury said the two individuals sanctioned on Tuesday - Marina Igorevna Tsareva and Anton Aleksandrovich Nagibin - had both helped Divetechnoservices attempt to circumvent U.S. sanctions.

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