On November 8, OFAC designated a total of four individuals and 10 entities under its CAATSA-related authorities in connection with Russia's annexation of Crimea and ongoing activities in Ukraine. First, OFAC designated two individuals and one entity for alleged human rights abuses carried out in furtherance of Russia's de facto occupation of various territories of eastern Ukraine. Pursuant to CAATSA Section 228, those designated include Andriy Volodymyrovych Sushko, a FSB officer who allegedly abducted and tortured a Crimean activist objecting to Russia's occupation of Crimea. In addition, OFAC targeted the Ministry of State Security of the so-called Luhansk People's Republic (LPR), and Aleksandr Basov, LPR's Deputy Minister, for human rights abuses of detainees. According to OFAC, LPR and Basov allegedly engaged in mock executions, electrocution, and other physical violence toward uncooperative detainees. Basov also allegedly used his positions to directly target religious minorities, including members of Jehovah's Witnesses congregations.
Also on November 8, OFAC targeted multiple individuals and entities operating in the Crimea region of Ukraine, which it described as "entities and individuals supporting Russia's attempts to integrate Crimea through private investment and major privatization projects." Pursuant to EO 13685 and 13661, as codified by CAATSA, the following individuals and entities were designated:
- Vladimir Nikolaevich Zaritsky
- Mriya Resort and Spa
- Infrastructure Projects Management Company (LLC UKIP)
- Sanatorium Miskhor
- Joint Stock Company Sanatorium Dyulber
- KRYMTETS, AO
- Southern Project LLC
- Sanatorium AY-Petri
Pursuant to the terms of its withdrawal from the JCPOA, the US completed the re-imposition of previously suspended sanctions against Iran as the second 180-day wind-down period announced in May came to a close in November. These sanctions include those aimed at Iran's oil exports, shipping industries, and transactions with Iranian financial institutions. As the US re-imposed nuclear sanctions, OFAC continued to target Iran's terrorism-related activities.