The United States imposed sanctions against BelAZ, MAZ and the aircraft of dictator Alexander Lukashenko.
This is the website of the US Treasury.
Three Belarusian legal entities and 9 individuals were blacklisted. In addition, another 14 people were subject to visa restrictions.
The introduction of new sanctions in the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the US Department of the Treasury (OFAC) is explained by the response to “the ongoing brutal crackdown on the pro-democracy movement and civil society in connection with the fraudulent presidential elections in August 2020.”
The agency said that “these actions also highlight the willingness of the United States to hold the regime in Minsk accountable for its complicity in the Russian Federation’s ongoing unwarranted war against Ukraine.”
Two state auto giants, MAZ and BELAZ, as well as their leaders Valery Ivankovich and Sergey Nikiforovich, were on the list of sanctions.
Restrictions were also introduced against the Central Election Commission and the new composition, including Igor Karpenko, Elena Baldovskaya, Denis Duk, Elena Kuntsevich, Alexander Tkachev, Kateryna Fedosenko and Alexander Yuzhik.
The list also includes government aircraft EW-001PA – Boeing 737.
Lukashenka has exclusive access to the EW-001PA and other luxury aircraft and uses them for personal travel. Lukashenko used the EW-001PA with his family and other members of his entourage for international travel, the US Treasury said in a statement.
Sanctions imply blocking assets if they are located in the United States, as well as organizations owned by 50% or more of the individuals or companies listed. Collaboration with listed entities may result in the secondary sanctions indicated in the message.
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