In the United States in may, fired the chief sanctions officer

In the United States in may, fired the chief sanctions officer

Moscow. April 13. INTERFAX.RU — John Smith, head of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the structure of the U.S. Treasury, responsible for enforcement of sanctions, will leave his post in may.

Smith led the Department from February 2015 and before that for 11 years he worked at OFAC, the report said the U.S. Treasury. Acting head of Department appointed Andrea Gacko, who was Deputy Smith.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the resignation of the Smith have to do with personal reasons.

The sanctions introduced against Russia, North Korea, Venezuela, Iran, and in recent years has become a major tool of U.S. foreign policy.

The number of Russian entities on the sanctions lists, OFAC, last Friday, after the publication of the next updates, has exceeded 400, follows from the data of information system of “Interfax” X-Compliance. Also Friday, the so-called SDN List, included in which shall be forbidden to conduct business with U.S. partners and to enter the United States, was added 24 individuals, and just under sanctions is now 179 of citizens of the Russian Federation.

OFAC has imposed in the past year, a total of 16 administrative penalties in the amount of $119.5 million for violating sanctions. At the same record in 2014 was 23 imposed a fine of $1.2 billion.

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