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Sanctions are actions taken by countries against others for political reasons, either unilaterally or multilaterally.

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Can the U.S. government do anything to make it more difficult for countries to circumvent sanctions using USDT?

(Kitco News) – Stablecoins continue to see increased adoption from global players looking for a workaround to U.S. sanctions as Bloomberg reports that Russian commodities firms increasingly utilize ...
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How did Russia manage to get $300 billion of assets trapped in the West? [duplicate]

G7 aims to use frozen Russian assets to help 'desperate' Ukraine STRESA, Italy May 25 (Reuters) - The G7 will explore ways to use the future income from frozen Russian assets to boost funding for war-...
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Why did the Iranian president use an old American helicopter?

Why did the Iranian president use such an old helicopter, and for which, being American-made, there were difficulties in procuring spare parts? Why Iran is not buying new Chinese or Russian ...
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What consequences can Belarus and Ukraine face for refusing to issue passports abroad?

There are at least two countries in the world that have ceased to issue travel documents to their citizens abroad. In September last year, Belarusian diplomatic missions stopped issuing passports ...
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Has Cloudflare started filtering Russian traffic due to sanctions? [closed]

Today is 29 of march 2024. Some sites using Cloudflare as a security or DNS service became blocked. Can there be political reasons for this blocking? How do I find out the legal grounds for this or ...
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Why did the West impose sanctions on Russia for the death of Navalny, but not on Ukraine for the death of Lira?

The attention that Navalny got from US and EU governments, politicians and mass media was significantly more pronounced, than when Gonzalo Lira died in captivity, in a Ukrainian jail. Considering that ...
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Seizing Russian assets [closed]

In the liberal media, one now frequently hears a droning argument that the West should seize Russian assets to further fund the Ukraine war or to provide capital for reconstruction. As well as the ...
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Which countries has the US publicly threatened to sanction if they expel US troops, say, in the past 25 years?

Back in 2020, When Iraq’s parliament voted to expel American troops from the country Sunday, it was an apparent bid by the government to extract the country from an escalating US-Iran proxy war. [...]...
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Why don't countries disrupt food imports to Yemen as a response to attacks in the Red Sea?

Yemen is highly dependent on imported food given that only 2.2% of their land is arable: Imported food constitutes 83% of the daily calories’ intake of Yemenis. While stability of imports is vital to ...
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What can the US do to enforce their sanctions and extraterritorial judgment?

The US famously uses acts like FCPA (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act), or the OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) to indirectly get industrial assets (like Alstom that got bought by GE after a 700 ...
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Are international sanctions ever considered against Israel?

In Ireland, the opposition calls for the government to enact sanctions against Israel as it did against Russia, considering that both countries likely committed war crimes. Additionally Israel has ...
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Why did Russia vote to renew the arms embargo and other sanctions on Yemen?

On both Feb 28, 2022 and Feb 16, 2023 Russia voted to renew the arms embargo and other sanctions on Yemen. Why would they do that when Iran is probably not too pleased, given that e.g. the US 5th ...
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Is there a reason why the U.S. didn't impose the recent financial sanctions on Hamas preemptively before the recent attacks?

https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/jy1816 October 18, 2023 WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed sanctions on ten key ...
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Why Global North countries collectively hate Russia? [closed]

For me being unfamiliar with western propaganda/popular news agenda etc. it is not clear. It seems to be something everyone already knows and obvious. Just to be clear, by Global North countries I ...
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Does the increase in German exports to Russia's neighbors make up for losses in Russia proper?

DW has this "slide" in one of their YouTube reportages: It shows German exports to Kyrgyzstan increasing by 773% in in Q1 2023, and to a lesser extent a similar pattern happens in Armenia ...
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What has Russia committed to NOT doing with North Korea, trade-wise?

Putin and Kim seem to be on a little bit of a bromance these days. It is speculated that Russia wants to get North Korean ammunition for its "special military operation" in Ukraine. North ...
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What are possible sanctions the U.S. could put against North Korea if they were to provide arms to Russia?

Foreign governments and experts have speculated that Kim will likely supply ammunition to Russia in exchange for receiving advanced weapons or technology from Russia. Milley and the other defense ...
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Can the US government sanction a US citizen?

Imagine John Doe, a US citizen permanently residing in the United States. John Doe engages in questionable but otherwise legal conduct that goes against the current policy of the Department of State. ...
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What makes the way Russia handles its foreign reserve complex?

Last week 45 members of the European Parliament wrote to the leaders of the EU asking for a centralised registry to be created detailing where the CBR funds are held, as well as €19bn worth of frozen ...
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Was any other sovereign wealth fund hit by sanctions in the past?

On February 28, the Biden administration slapped sanctions on the RDIF, a $10 billion sovereign wealth fund, and its CEO, Kirill Dmitriev. The fund was launched in 2011, a time of relative thaw in ...
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Can the U.S. impose sanctions against any country at any time or are they bound by some kind of rule?

Can the U.S. impose sanctions against any country at any time or are they bound by some kind of rule? I was thinking about the sanctions the U.S. placed against China, and then I was reading some news ...
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Is there a process for certifying that a signatory to Geneva conventions is a bad-faith signatory?

Geneva conventions create a different (greater) set of obligations, by signatory states, towards the other signatory states than they do towards the non-signatory ones. This creates an incentive for ...
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What can the EU do to prevent the circumventions of sanctions against Russia?

The Russian economy appears more resilient than expected and the Russian military retains the capacity to destroy civilian infrastructure and military targets and terrorise the Ukrainian population. ...
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Is there still more room for more sanctions from the West against Russia?

Is there still more room for more sanctions from the West against Russia? The United States and the European Union have already imposed multiple rounds of sanctions on Russia in response to various ...
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Do the trains of the silk road freight line fall into the scope of the Russian sanctions?

The Silk Road train line is a freight line connecting China and Europe. The service is still operational. But online information does not tell whether the trains still go via the Russian Federation. ...
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What benefits does Israel get from the embargo against Cuba?

What benefits does Israel get from the embargo against Cuba? The United States embargo against Cuba prevents U.S. businesses, and businesses organized under U.S. law or majority-owned by U.S. ...
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How the US (and five others) define "economic coercion" they condemn, and differentiate it from the economic tools they use to pressure countries?

Reuters' June 9, 2023 With eye on China, US and five allies condemn trade-related 'economic coercion' begins: WASHINGTON, June 9 (Reuters) - The United States and five of its allies on Friday ...
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How can the US deny access to G7 markets?

Source In a bid to further isolate Russia, Washington has warned countries, including the UAE and Turkey, they could lose access to G7 markets if they do business with entities subject to U.S. ...
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How exactly could a TikTok ban be enforced?

Let's say TikTok is banned tomorrow by Congress. How would they be able to actually enforce the ban, assuming TikTok refused to cooperate? They could definitely convince Apple and Google to remove it ...
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To what extent does China need the SWIFT system?

To what extent does China need the SWIFT system? Some commentators have said that the U.S. might be considering banning China from the SWIFT system were they to support Russia with military aid. My ...
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How could the US Embargo on Cuba be ended? What would that process look like?

There's been a lot of discussion on if the US embargo on Cuba should be ended, but I would like to know: how could it be ended? What legislative process? Would any laws have to be removed to allow ...
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What is the current state of US's dilemma on waiving CAATSA for India?

CAATSA is the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, which is a United States federal law that imposed sanctions on Iran, North Korea, and Russia passed by the Senate on July 27, 2017....
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How did Soviet-influenced countries cope with US sanctions during the cold war? [closed]

The USA has been using economic sanctions as a very effective tool. How effectively did it work during the Cold War? How did Soviet-influenced countries cope with US sanctions during the cold war?
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Which countries are affected by Russia's decree banning oil sales to them?

Vladimir Putin bans Russian oil exports to countries that imposed price cap over Ukraine war President Vladimir Putin has delivered Russia's long-awaited response to a Western price cap, signing off ...
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Is the EU Border Guard Agency able to tell Russian passports issued in Ukraine or Georgia from the legitimate ones?

On 8 December 2022, the European Council has adopted a resolution on not accepting Russian travel documents issued in Ukraine and Georgia. I'm wondering if the Frontex (European Border and Coast Guard ...
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What will be the practical implications if European Parliament designates Russian Federation a state sponsor of terrorism?

Today (as of the time this question is created) there will be a vote in the European Parliament on this. If the designation is supported, then I wonder what the practical implications will be if any. ...
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What has the Chinese government done as a response to US sanctions on its tech sector?

From Trump to Biden, many Chinese tech companies have either gone out of business or sustained significant financial damage because of US security-related sanctions (e.g., Huawei, etc.). What has the ...
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Does strategic ambiguity mean soft response?

Let's consider situations when country A wants to deter country B from doing some action (i.e. the USA wants to deter China from attacking Taiwan). Such situations can be modeled in the following way. ...
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What are the limits for the waivers to sanctions against Russia within the European Union?

According to this article, the Dutch government has issued 91 waivers from sanctions against Russia since the country invaded Ukraine late in February: In April, the European Union banned ships ...
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Have any US sanctions ever achieved their stated goals?

The US is well known for sanctioning unfriendly regimes. But have these sanctions ever worked to achieve whatever goal the US was trying to achieve? I’m looking for credible cause and effect ...
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Iranian drones in Ukraine, Chinese parts, and sanctions

I heard that Russia uses Iranian drones, Shahed-136. I wonder if it doesn't have any Chinese parts and if so, does it affect sanctions on China?
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Objective arguments to support assertions that Saudi Arabia is "siding with Russia" and not simply just exercising sound fiscal policy?

CNN's October 7, 2022 Why Saudi Arabia defied the US over OPEC oil supply cut includes the following quotes: “What Saudi Arabia did to help Putin continue to wage his despicable, vicious war against ...
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Why does Apple not ship the new iPhones with software that would block use in Russia? [closed]

Russia is reported by Hungarian media to be arranging for black import of the new iPhones on a governmental scale. Why does Apple not set the new OS up so that it would brick on its own if someone is ...
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What is the political justification by China and India for not participating in the sanctions against Russia?

China and India are not participating in the sanctions imposed by the Western world on Russia for the invasion of Ukraine. This has effectively made the sanctions much less effective, compared to what ...
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How effective are sanctions in overthrowing regimes?

One can read constantly in the media, that the West and especially the US announce sanctions against some countries. North Korea, Cuba, Iran and Venezuela are some examples. In some cases like Cuba ...
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Why does the EU have a huge amount of sanctions on Russia but not on the USA?

America has many times been seen intervening in countries without the approval of the current governments. Sometimes this has happened on blatantly far-fetched pretexts (chemical weapon in Iraq). Why ...
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How are the European countries paying Russia in Rubles?

As far as I understood, for the purchase of Russian gas, European countries can't pay Russia in EUR because of their sanction on Russia. On the other hand, as per Putin's decree, Russia only accepts ...
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What does the West have to gain by not allowing Russia to pay its debt?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8PXkkNJ2_o Bloomberg reports that the default is largely symbolic and Russia is simply defaulting since Western financial institutions won't accept Russia payments. Is ...
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What possible retaliation could Russia take against Lithuania for enforcing the EU sanctions?

Russia has today threatened Lithuania with retaliation after Lithuania enforced the EU sanctions blocking certain products from transiting Lithuania from Russia to Kaliningrad. Russia refers to this ...
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Did Russia significantly reduce economic aid (or subsidies) to Belarus around/after 2014?

According to one Western source Russia was subsidizing 10–15 percent of Belarus' GDP around 2013 or so. Another source source quantifies that differently as "Between 2005 and 2015, Moscow pumped $...
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