Russian Propaganda and Disinformation Once Again the Target of Canadian Sanctions

February 22, 2023

Canada has added 38 individuals and 16 entities “complicit in peddling Russian disinformation and propaganda” to the designated persons list under the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations. These sanctions are in response to “Russian disinformation operations” which has resulted in the “rallying of misguided support to the Russian regime and prolonging the suffering of millions of innocent Ukrainians”.

This is Canada’s third round of sanctions targeting Russian propagandists under the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations. On July 8, 2022, Canada sanctioned 30 individuals and 15 entities, and on October 17, 2022, Canada sanctioned 34 individuals and 1 entity in efforts to combat Russian propaganda and disinformation responsible for “spreading false narratives that serve as pretexts for the Russian regime’s unjustifiable war”.

Our team will continue to closely monitor the sanctions measures related to Russia, providing updates to keep clients informed about important developments affecting trade and services. We have significant experience in the design and implementation of sanctions-related compliance programs and internal investigations. Where breaches are identified, we work closely with clients in making voluntary disclosures and in engaging with the ensuing investigations conducted by the RCMP and Global Affairs Canada. We also regularly assist clients with the application for delisting process as well as applications for exemption permits, including under the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Permit Authorization Order.


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