Canada imposes new sanctions on Russia and Crimea

January 01, 1970

Posted on June 30, 2015 by Maya Lester on

Canada has imposed further sanctions on Russia and the Crimea region of Ukraine, following a statement from Prime Minister Stephen Harper that "Until there is real peace, until occupying forces are withdrawn, and until Ukraine's territorial sovereignty is restored, there must be ongoing consequences for President Putin's regime".  Prime Minister Harper also echoed the position set out by world leaders at the recent G7 summit in Germany (see previous blog) that "Russia and its proxies must fully implement their commitments under the Minsk agreements".

The new sanctions mirror US and EU restrictions on doing business with the Crimea region of Ukraine (see previous blogs here and here), and add 3 people and 14 entities to Canada's list of persons subject to an asset freeze and with whom it is prohibited to do business.  The additions include the pro-Moscow motorcycle club "Night Wolves" as well as several companies, and bring the total number of designated persons under Canada's Russia and Ukraine sanctions to 290.

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This article first appeared on European Sanctions Law & Practice (, a blog by Maya Lester (+44 20 7379 3550,, a barrister at Brick Court Chambers, and Michael O'Kane (+44 (0) 20 7822 7777, head of Business Crime at Peters & Peters.