Special Report

The Countries Sanctioning Russia

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> Sanctions since 2014: 962
> Sanctions since Feb. 22, 2022: 880
> Is the country also arming Ukraine: No
> Types of sanctions: 10

Japan imposed a set of sanctions on Russia and Belarus in October 2022, targeting nine entities and 81 individuals, including Alexander Zaldostanov, leader and founder of the far-right nationalist motorcycle club Night Wolves, and the wives and other relatives of far-right Chechen Republic leader Ramzan Kadyrov. Entities added to the list include Rostec, the Moscow-based, state-owned defense conglomerate.

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> Sanctions since 2014: 1,194
> Sanctions since Feb. 22, 2022: 974
> Is the country also arming Ukraine: Yes
> Types of sanctions: 8

Australia has imposed sanctions against Russia since the annexation of Crimea in 2014. The sanctions prohibit any Australia-based entity from exporting arms, aluminum ore, items used in oil exploration, among other restrictions. The country also has sanctions against individuals in Ukraine deemed a threat to Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

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> Sanctions since 2014: 1,373
> Sanctions since Feb. 22, 2022: 1,125
> Is the country also arming Ukraine: Yes
> Types of sanctions:

While France, an EU member, follows sanctions imposed by the European Union, it also frequently imposes additional sanctions decided by France Tresor (its treasury department). Other EU members, such as Germany and Bulgaria, follow the multilateral sanctions imposed by the European Union or, if they are one of the seven member states, by the G7 nations. France has imposed more sanctions on Russia since the Ukraine invasion than the European Union as a whole, but fewer than Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

European Union
> Sanctions since 2014: 1,436
> Sanctions since Feb. 22, 2022: 1,188
> Is the country also arming Ukraine: Yes
> Types of sanctions: 13

The European Union has imposed nearly 1,200 sanctions on Russia since February 2022. The sweeping sanctions target virtually every aspect of Russia’s economy, from blocking financial transactions to banning Russian media outlets. The EU has also imposed sweeping sanctions against Belarus, for its involvement in assisting Russia in its invasion of Ukraine, and against Iran, in relation to Russia’s use of its military drones.

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United Kingdom
> Sanctions since 2014: 1,643
> Sanctions since Feb. 22, 2022: 1,407
> Is the country also arming Ukraine: Yes
> Types of sanctions: 13

The United Kingdom is among the world’s leading countries in imposing sanctions against Russia. Britain’s autonomous sanctions against Russia are in part a result of its previous decision to leave the European Union. The country’s more than 1,400 sanctions since February 2022 are largely designed to align itself with the EU’s efforts to alienate Russia from the international financial, trade, transportation, logistics, and energy export activities.

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