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Canada Imposes New Sanctions on Russians and Companies Aiding Russia’s War in Ukraine

Abdur Rahman Khan

Canada has once again imposed sanctions on individuals and entities supporting Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

Canada has once again imposed sanctions on individuals and entities supporting Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. The latest sanctions target two men and six shipping companies accused of illegally transporting weapons, including ballistic missiles, from North Korea to Russia. These entities allegedly procured weapons used in the conflict in Ukraine, violating international sanctions against North Korea.

The Canadian government claims that these companies have close ties to the Russian military and are actively involved in the transportation of weaponry. As a result of the sanctions, they are prohibited from conducting financial transactions with Canadians.

Since 2014, Canada has sanctioned over 3,000 individuals and organizations linked to Russia’s actions in Ukraine, including the annexation of Crimea and the ongoing full-scale invasion. However, a Senate report has highlighted challenges in tracking the enforcement of these sanctions and the clarity of Canada’s objectives in imposing them.

Recent data from the RCMP indicates that the amount of funds frozen and transactions blocked under personal sanctions has seen minimal change since last September. While $140 million in assets belonging to Russian nationals has been frozen in Canada since February 2022, the figure for Belarusian nationals has only recently increased from zero to $116,000.

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