Statement on Implications of U.S. Election-Related Sanctions

By Spokesperson Daniel Langenkamp
October 5, 2020

On September 10, the United States imposed sanctions on Andrii Derkach and other Russian agents for attempting to influence the U.S. electoral process. Derkach maintains close connections with the Russian Intelligence Services and has served as an active Russian agent for over a decade, employing manipulation and deceit to attempt to influence elections in the United States and elsewhere around the world. Today, we would like to remind individuals and businesses what these sanctions mean.

We sometimes receive the question, “If I often do business with someone who is subject to sanction, should I be concerned? ” The answer is yes. Persons who provide material support to designated individuals and/or entities could themselves become subject to designation.

Also, in response to the question, “Can sanctions on an individual affect businesses he or she owns?” The answer is also yes. Entities owned by a blocked person may also be considered blocked persons.

The property and interests in property of such an entity are blocked regardless of whether the entity itself is listed in the annex to an Executive Order or otherwise placed on the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List.

The United States will remain vigilant in its efforts to uphold the integrity of our democracy, and the United States will continue to use all the tools at our disposal to counter these activities similar or linked to those of Andrii Derkach or other sanctioned individuals.