From Secretary Blinken’s Statement on Promoting Accountability for Human Rights Abusers and Corrupt Actors

December 9, 2022

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a stark reminder that corrupt regimes are among the worst perpetrators of human rights violations and abuses.  The actions taken reflect U.S. efforts to address these pervasive challenges globally.  By exposing the practices of these malign actors, these designations disrupt illicit activity and networks, promote accountability, and impose costs for egregious behavior.

State capture and systemic corruption enable autocrats to retain power, deprive societies of critical resources, and undermine democracy and the rule of law.  In support of the U.S. Strategy on Countering Corruption, today’s corruption-related designations take aim at acts that contribute to state capture and democratic backsliding,… including the solicitation of bribes in exchange for undue judicial influence.

Full statement: