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How Will U.S. Sanctions Against KGB, Main Directorate For Combating Organized Crime And Corruption Work

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How Will U.S. Sanctions Against KGB, Main Directorate For Combating Organized Crime And Corruption Work

In addition to direct restrictions, the “50 percent rule” will apply.

On June 21, the United States expanded its sanctions list against Belarusian officials. It is known that it includes 16 individuals and 5 legal entities.

Among the latter are the KGB, internal troops, the Internal Affairs Directorate of the Brest Regional Executive Committee, the Center for Isolation of Law-Breakers on Akrestsin Street, and the Main Directorate for Combating Organized Crime and Corruption.

Former Head of the Main Directorate for Combating Organized Crime and Corruption, now Head of the Interior Ministry troops Mikalai Karpiankou (with a baton) during protests.

With regard to sanctions against individuals, it is more or less clear, this is not the first time they have been applied. But few people understand how the American sanctions against law enforcement agencies will work, this has not happened before. Nasha Niva asked political scientist Andrei Yeliseyeu for explanations.

“It will be very difficult for individuals and organizations on this American list to participate in international activities, especially those related to transactions in US dollars. Relatively speaking, if the KGB was to sign a contract for the purchase of some technological equipment, for example, from Israel, then such sanctions exclude such a possibility.

In addition, the so-called “50 percent rule” applies: if an individual or legal entity from the list owns at least half of the company, the sanctions apply to it. If it, in turn, half-owns the third company, then it also falls under the sanctions, and so on along the chain. Thus, the actual number of companies that have been sanctioned and not specified in the sanctions may even exceed the number of individuals and legal entities on the public list.”