US omnibus spending bill including Russia sanctions passes Senate

On Friday the US Senate passed the so-called US Omnibus Spending Bill, which if enacted would impose measures that bar federal agencies from engaging with Russia, and imposes a number of Russia sanctions.  The Bill says funding should “not be used for officials of the central government of Russia or to support any countries that back the annexation of Crimea, and directs Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to push Americans on financial boards to prohibit funds going to programs supportive of Russia’s annexation.  A section entitled “countering Russian Influence and Aggression” prohibits federal money to the Russian government and approves $250 million to the Countering Russian Influence Fund, a program that works to boost the “capacity of law enforcement and security forces in country in Europe and Eurasia” and to deepen links with “anti Russia allies” of the USA.

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About Maya Lester QC

Maya Lester QC has a wide ranging practice in public law, European law, competition law, international law, human rights & civil liberties. She has a particular expertise in sanctions. As the most recent (2016) Chambers & Partners directory put it, she "owns the world of sanctions". She spent 2011-12 in New York at Columbia Law School lecturing and writing on sanctions. She represents and advises hundreds of companies and individuals before the European and English courts and has acted in most of the leading cases, including Kadi, Tay Za, Central Bank of Iran, NITC and IRISL.

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