Imposing Swift and Severe Costs in Response to Russia's Violations of Ukraine's Sovereignty
Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State
September 30, 2022
The United States unequivocally rejects Russia's fraudulent attempt to change Ukraine's internationally recognized borders, including by holding sham "referenda" in Ukraine's Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhya regions. This is a clear violation of international law and the United Nations Charter. In response, the United States and our allies and partners are imposing swift and severe costs targeting additional Russian government officials, their family members, Russian and Belarusian military officials, and defense procurement networks, including international suppliers supporting Russia's military-industrial complex.
We are also issuing a clear warning supported by G7 Leaders: We will hold to account any individual, entity, or country that provides political or economic support for Russia's illegal attempts to change the status of Ukrainian territory. In support of this commitment, the Departments of the Treasury and Commerce are releasing new guidance on heightened sanctions and export control risks for entities and individuals inside or outside Russia that support Russia's sham referenda, purported annexation, and occupation of part of Ukraine.
The Department of State is taking action to impose visa restrictions on 910 individuals, including members of the Russian Federation military, Belarusian military officials, and Russia's proxies for violating Ukraine's sovereignty, territorial integrity, and political independence. The Department is also designating Russian national, Ochur-Suge Mongush, for his involvement in a gross violation of human rights perpetrated against a Ukrainian prisoner of war. Under this authority, Mongush and his immediate family members are ineligible for entry into the United States.
Additionally, the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is designating 109 additional State Duma members, 169 members of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, and more members of Russia's government including Elvira Sakhipzadovna Nabiullina, the Governor of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation (CBR) and a former advisor to Putin; Olga Nikolaevna Skorobogatova, the First Deputy Governor of the CBR; and Aleksandr Valentinovich Novak, a Deputy Prime Minister. OFAC is also designating family members of Russia's National Security Council, such as Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Vladimirovich Mishustin's wife and two adult children, Minister of Defense Sergei Kuzhugetovich Shoigu's wife and adult children and National Guard Head Viktor Vasilievich Zolotov's wife and adult children, along with the immediate family members of Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federation Security Council Dmitry Anatolievich Medvedev, Speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Ivanovna Matviyenko, and Saint Petersburg Governor Aleksandr Dmitrievich Beglov.
The Department of State is joining Treasury in targeting family members of Russia's National Security Council by designating Olga Sergeevna Sobyanina and Anna Sergeevna Ershova pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 14024 for being the adult children of Moscow mayor and Russian Security Council member Sergey Sobyanin, a person whose property and interests in property are blocked under E.O. 14024.
In furtherance of our commitment to cut off Russia's access to technology critical to its military, OFAC is designating 14 persons, including international suppliers, who have supported Russia's defense sector. The sanctions that we and our allies and partners imposed have devastated Russia's ability to access critical components and technology, and forced Russia's defense-industrial base to resort to third-country intermediaries and suppliers. This action sends a clear message that international suppliers of sanctioned Russian entities and Russia's defense sector run the risk of being sanctioned.
Finally, the Department of Commerce is issuing a rule that adds 57 entities located in Russia and the Crimea region of Ukraine to the Entity Listâ€”bringing the total to 392. We will continue the United States' powerful, coordinated efforts to hold Russia to account, cut Russia's military off from global commerce and severely limit its ability to sustain its aggression and project power.
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