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US, UK, Canada and Switzerland further increase sanctions pressure on Belarus


On 9 August 2021, the one year anniversary of the fraudulent presidential elections in Belarus, the US, the UK and Canada all imposed new measures aimed at the Lukashenka regime. Two days later, Switzerland imposed similar measures.

The measures follow a similarly coordinated effort on 21 June 2021, when the EU, the US, the UK, and Canada in tandem imposed sanctions on a wide range of persons and entities, in the wake of escalating human rights violations, repression of democratic opposition and the forced landing of a Ryanair flight in Minsk. On 24 June 2021, the EU also imposed sectoral sanctions aimed at sectors important to the Belarusian economy (see our earlier Sanctions Alert here). This week, the US, the UK, Canada and Switzerland all expanded on existing authorities, further targeting such sectors as well as important allies of the Lukashenka regime and state-owned entities.


WR Sanctions Alerts provide you with updates on material developments in the country-specific sanctions programmes implemented by the US, the UN, the UK, the EU and Norway. We will not provide updates on mere prolongations, without material changes, of existing sanctions programmes, nor on any listings or de-listings of individuals/entities placed on implemented sanctions lists . Please note that the WR Sanctions Alerts are provided as general information and do not constitute legal advice.

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