Among those on the sanctions list – Artem Chaika, Gulnara Karimov and Sergey Kusyuk
The U.S. Treasury Department announced the introduction of a new sanctions regime against human rights violators and corrupt officials from around the world. The US President Donald trump on Thursday signed the decree about introduction of state of emergency in relation to serious human rights violations and corruption around the world, introducing sanctions against individuals involved in such activities. In the Annex to the decree lists 13 individuals placed under sanctions. In addition, the Office of foreign assets control of the U.S. Treasury Department, in consultation with the Secretary of state and attorney General, has imposed sanctions on another 39 individuals and entities.
“Today, the United States took a hard stance against human rights violations and corruption around the world, covering these unscrupulous individuals access to the U.S. financial system. The Ministry of Finance freezes their assets and publicly condemns them egregious violations, showing that for such actions you will have to pay a high price – Minister of Finance Steven Mnuchin. – Following the orders of President trump, the Treasury and our interagency partners will continue to take resolute and effective measures to bring to justice those who commit human rights violations, engages in corruption and undermines American ideals.”
In addition to freezing assets, sanctions include a ban on transactions with the said persons for all American citizens.
Among others, in the sanctions list includes the daughter of the former President of Uzbekistan, Gulnara Karimova, which, according to the statement of the Ministry of Finance, headed by powerful crime syndicate, manipulated by authorities with the purpose of the expropriation of companies monopolizing markets, and engaged in extortion and bribery. In July 2017, the General Prosecutor’s office of Uzbekistan Karimova filed the charges in direct support of the activities of an organized criminal group, which owns assets worth more than $ 1.3 billion.