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On December 12, 2023, Canada announced further amendments to the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations (the “Regulations”) sanctioning an additional 30 Russian nationals under Schedule 1 of the Regulations. The amendments came into effect on December 8, 2023. The individuals added to Schedule 1 allegedly participated as candidates in Kremlin-organized elections held from September 8 to 10, 2023, in the occupied region of Kherson Oblast in southern Ukraine. The Government of Canada characterizes these elections…

On December 6, 2023, the Minister of Foreign Affairs announced Canada’s new import restrictions on Russian diamonds and diamond jewelry related products under the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations (the “Regulations”). Any person in Canada and any Canadian outside Canada are prohibited from importing, purchasing or acquiring any good listed in Part 2 of Schedule 6 of the Regulations wherever situated, from Russia or from any person in Russia. The new additions to Part 2…

On November 10, 2023, Canada announced additional amendments to the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations (the “Regulations”). The amendments list an additional 9 individuals and 6 entities under Schedule 1 of the Regulations and took effect on November 9, 2023. The Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, stated that the sanctioned persons and entities “directly promote Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine” via their participation in Kremlin-backed disinformation and war propaganda to…

On October 31, 2023, the US, UK, and Canadian governments imposed further coordinated sanctions against Myanmar (Burma) through designations of individuals and entities associated with Myanmar’s military regime and a US prohibition on the provision of financial services to Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (“MOGE”). The measures aim to prevent the Burmese military from obtaining access to arms and other supplies and are part of an effort to unify sanctions measures on Myanmar across the…