What are countries doing to investigate and confiscate sanctioned assets belonging to Russian oligarchs?

Information and references referred to in this blog can be found in this Overview Country Table To answer this question, CiFAR has recently conducted research published in a report From Sanctions to Investigations. Legislation, policy and practice linking investigations into the origins of sanctioned assets and recommendations for governments to strengthen the investigation and confiscation Read more about <strong>What are countries doing to investigate and confiscate sanctioned assets belonging to Russian oligarchs?</strong>[…]

Anti-corruption sanctions: 2023 in numbers

In 2023, sanctions continued to be a popular tool of foreign policy and many new individuals and entities were designated for one reason or another. As CiFAR launches its updated Sanctions Watch platform today, which tracks individuals sanctioned for reasons related to corruption, this blog takes stock of the changed listings across key anti-corruption sanctions Read more about Anti-corruption sanctions: 2023 in numbers[…]

RUSSIAN ESCAPE INVESTIGATIONS – WEBINAR

Findings and lessons learnt for sanctions in Europe Online, 6 December 2023, 14:00 – 15:15 CET (Berlin time) Background Between autumn 2022 and June 2023 CiFAR and European Investigative Collaborations, with the support of OCCRP and thanks to IJ4EU and the National Endowment for Democracy, coordinated the Russian Escape investigations into how far sanctions applied Read more about RUSSIAN ESCAPE INVESTIGATIONS – WEBINAR[…]

FINANCIAL INVESTIGATIONS AS A FIRST STEP TO RECOVER SANCTIONED ASSETS

Is it possible to confiscate sanctioned assets and use them for public good? How to do this quickly and without compromising the rule of law? These are some of the questions that CiFAR has been trying to understand since the freezing of Tunisian, Egyptian and Ukrainian assets under the EU’s misappropriation sanctions. These questions became Read more about <strong>FINANCIAL INVESTIGATIONS AS A FIRST STEP TO RECOVER SANCTIONED ASSETS</strong>[…]

#RussianEscape

Berlin, 26 June 2023 Today, investigative stories are being launched across Europe into the implementation of sanctions following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The investigation was coordinated by CiFAR and the EIC (European Investigative Collaboration) with the support of OCCRP and thanks to IJ4EU and NED, and published by Mediapart (France), Info Libre (Spain), and Read more about #RussianEscape[…]

Anti-corruption sanctions: 2022 in numbers

While sanctions lists have grown this year primarily due to new listings in connection to individuals linked to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, anti-corruption sanctions have not been forgotten. As CiFAR launches its updated Sanctions Watch platform today, which tracks individuals sanctioned for reasons related to corruption, this blog takes stock of this year’s changes in Read more about Anti-corruption sanctions: 2022 in numbers[…]

WEBINAR: Enforcing sanctions successfully and using fines for the public good.

Online event: 25 January 2023, 16:00 – 17:15 CET Event link Background The successful enforcement of sanctions relies on the action and compliance of a range of actors across cooperating jurisdictions, from financial institutions to the business sector. Several jurisdictions have, or are thinking of introducing, legislative or policy tools to ensure and respond to Read more about WEBINAR: Enforcing sanctions successfully and using fines for the public good.[…]

WEBINAR: Opportunities for the confiscation of sanctioned assets.

Online event: 3 November 2022, 16:00 – 17:15 CET Event link Link to the webinar recording Background Sanctions imposed on Russian individuals in the aftermath of the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 once again highlighted the issue of the vast amount of assets of illicit origin that are hidden across Western jurisdictions.       One Read more about WEBINAR: Opportunities for the confiscation of sanctioned assets.[…]

EU Sanctions Proposals: what do they mean and what to look out for

The European Commission proposed on Wednesday the development of a Directive on criminal penalties for the violation of Union law on restrictive measures and for new measures to be introduced under their planned Directive on asset recovery and confiscation. Under the new proposals, new EU-wide rules would come into force that cover several aspects related Read more about EU Sanctions Proposals: what do they mean and what to look out for[…]

EVENT: From Russian Sanctions to Anti-Corruption Investigations and Asset Recovery

Lessons and challenges in sanctions as an anti-corruption tool Online event: 31 May 202218:00 – 19:30 CEST / 17:00 – 18:30 (BST), 12:00 – 13:30 (EDT)Event link The introduction of wide-ranging and extensive sanctions against Russian officials, parliamentarians and business people in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to persistent calls for Read more about EVENT: From Russian Sanctions to Anti-Corruption Investigations and Asset Recovery[…]