• Update On Canadian Economic Sanctions Against Russia And Ukraine
  • August 12, 2014 | Authors: Vincent DeRose; Jennifer Radford
  • Law Firm: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP - Ottawa Office
  • The Special Economic Measures

    On August 6, 2014, the Canadian Government announced additional economic sanctions and travel bans against 19 Russian and Ukrainian individuals, and economic sanctions against 22 Russian and Ukrainian groups and economic entities. The sanctions were accompanied by a Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada, in which he stated that the sanctions, imposed  in close coordination with partners in the United States and Europe, are intended to increase pressure on those viewed responsible for the crisis in Ukraine.

    The following individuals have been added to the list of Russian designated persons:

    49. Sergei Orestovoch BESEDA
    50. Aleksandr Vasilievich BORTNIKOV
    51. Mikhail Vladimirovich DEGTYAREV
    52. Mikhail Efimovich FRADKOV
    53. Boris Vyacheslavovich GRYZLOV
    54. Ramzan Akhmadovitch KADYROV
    55. Vladimir Georgyevich KULISHOV
    56. Rashid Gumarovich NURGALIEV
    57. Nikolai Platonovich PATRUSHEV
    58. Igor SHCHEGOLEV
    59. Alexander Nikolayevich TKACHYOV
    60. Valerii Yuriovych TRAVKIN
    61. Nikolay Terentievich SHAMALOV
    62. Konstantin Valerevich MALOFEEV

    The list of Russian designated entities has been expanded to include:

    27. United Shipbuilding Corporation
    28. Dobrolet (also known as Dobrolyot)
    29. Russian National Commercial Bank

    The following individuals have been added to the list of Ukrainian designated persons:

    50. Pavel Yurevich GUBAREV
    51. Ekaterina Yurevna GUBAREVA
    52. Oksana TCHIGRINA
    53. Boris LITVINOV
    54. Sergey ABISOV

    The new Ukrainian designated entities are:

    5. Federal State of Novorossiya
    6. International Union of Public Associations “Great Don Army”
    7. Sobol
    8. Luhansk Guard
    9. Army of the Southeast
    10. Donbass People’s Militia
    11. Vostok battalion
    12. Kerch ferry
    13. Sevastopol commercial seaport
    14. Kerch commercial seaport
    15. Universal-Avia
    16. Resort “Nizhnyaya Oreanda”
    17. Azov distillery plant
    18. National Association of producers “Massandra”
    19. Magarach of the national institute of wine
    20. Factory of sparkling wine Novy Svet

    The Russian and Ukrainian Regulations prohibit persons in Canada and Canadians abroad from:

    • Dealing in any property held by or on behalf of a designated person or entity, or facilitating or providing financial or other related services in respect of such a dealing;
    • Making any goods available to a designated person or entity; and,
    • Providing any financial or related services to or for the benefit of a designated person or entity.

    “Causing, assisting, or promoting” these prohibited activities is also not permitted.

    The Prime Minister indicated in his Statement announcing the additional sanctions that   the Canadian Government is also committed to, in parallel with Canada’s allies, imposing the necessary regulations to enact export restrictions on technologies used in Russian’s oil exploration and extraction sector. The August 6, 2014 further expansion of the prohibited persons and entities lists, coupled with this signal that more measures are to come, underscores that continued vigilance by those conducting business in Russia, or with Russian business partners outside of Russia, will remain a necessity.