Admin l Thursday, October 20, 2022
WASHINGTON – The United States Department of Justice in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of the Treasury have imposed sanctions on Russian procurement agent Yury Yuryevich Orekhov (Orekhov) and his companies Nord-Deutsche Industrieanlagenbau GmbH (NDA GmbH) and Opus Energy Trading LLC (Opus Energy Trading) over Russia’s technology acquisition.
Secretary of State, Antony J. Blinken said Yury Yuryevich Orekhov and his two companies were sanctioned pursuant to Executive Order 14024.
According to him, Orekhov, via NDA GmbH, is responsible for procuring U.S.-origin technologies for Russian end-users, including entities on the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security’s Entity List, in violation of U.S. export controls.
“These technologies include advanced semiconductors and microprocessors used in fighter aircraft, ballistic and hypersonic missile systems, smart munitions, radar, satellites, and other military applications, components of which have been found in Russian weapons platforms in Ukraine. As such, Orekhov and his companies have directly contributed to the Kremlin’s unjustified war of aggression against Ukraine”, the Blinken said in the statement.
He said the development reminds the U.S of how the Russian military is suffering from major supply shortages in Ukraine, in part because of sanctions and export controls.
The United States, he said along with allies and partners, will continue to hold Russia accountable and vigorously enforce our sanctions and export controls to deprive Russia’s war effort.
“Today’s action builds on last week’s meeting of top officials, representing ministries of finance and other government agencies from 33 countries to discuss the effects of international sanctions and export controls on Russia’s military-industrial complex and critical defense supply chains”, he said.