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    This tracker is a high-level summary of the measures imposed by Australia following Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

    In the current circumstances, the status of these measures are subject to change on a daily basis. Certain measures were in place prior to February 2022 and these are not included in this tracker. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of this summary at the date of publication, no reliance should be placed on its content and it does not constitute legal advice. Please refer to the primary sources of the restrictions for their full content.

    This tracker was last updated on 7 December 2023.

    Date of impositionSanction imposed Summary 
     
     26 October 2023
    Export sanctioned goods (for Russia)

    The Australian Government has prohibited the export of the following class of machinery and related goods for Russia) :

    1. Interchangeable tools for hand tools, whether or not power-operated, or for machine-tools (for example, for pressing, stamping, punching, tapping, threading, drilling, boring, broaching, milling, turning or screw driving), including dies for drawing or extruding metal, and rock drilling or earth boring tools
    2. Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
    3. Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles
    Export sanctioned goods (for specified Ukraine regions)

    The Australian Government has prohibited the export of the following class of machinery and related goods for each specified Ukraine region (currently, as at 3 November 2023, being Crimea, Donetsk, Luhansk and Sevastopol) :

    1. Interchangeable tools for hand tools, whether or not power-operated, or for machine-tools (for example, for pressing, stamping, punching, tapping, threading, drilling, boring, broaching, milling, turning or screw driving), including dies for drawing or extruding metal, and rock drilling or earth boring tools
    2. Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
    3. Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles
    25 September 2023

    Trade restrictions – increased import tariffs

    Australia has extended the additional tariff of 35% on all goods imports from Russia and Belarus until October 2025 (see the entries at 25 April 2023 below for further details). This tariff is in addition to general duty rates that currently apply.

    18 July 2023Asset freeze and travel ban
    10 individuals: Vadim Evgenievich Shadura, Aleksandr Vitalevich Lozitsky, Aleksandr Krivets, Yuri Pyzhik, Andrei Removich Belousov, Dmitry Nikolaevich Chernyshenko, Tatiana Nikolaevna Moskalkova, Andrey Anatolyevich Turchak, Vladimir Nikolaevich Lepin, And Nikolay Aleksandrovych Kolesov.
    Asset freeze
    1. Federal State Unitary Enterprise ATOMFLOT;
    2. Joint Stock Company Lazurit Design Bureau;
    3. A.A. Bochvar High-Technology Research Institute of Inorganic Materials Joint Stock Company;
    4. Joint Stock Company State Scientific Centre Research Institute of Atomic Reactor;
    5. RENERA;
    6. The National Research Centre Kurchatov Institute, Russian Helicopters Open Joint Stock Company;
    7. NPK Tekhmash;
    8. Radioavtomatika LLC;
    9. The Dalzavod Ship Repair Centre Joint Stock Company;
    10. Joint Stock Company Military-Industrial Corporation NPO Mashinostroyenia;
    11. Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant Joint Stock Company;
    12. Open Joint Stock Company “Balakirev Mechanical Plant”;
    13. Krasny Gydropress Joint Stock Company;
    14. Zelenodolsk Design Bureau Joint Stock Company;
    15. Mytishchinski Mashinostroitelny Zavod, OAO, Ural Civil Aviation Plant JSC, Bryansk Automobile Plant Joint Stock Company;
    16. AO Zavod Elekon;
    17. Joint Stock Company Machine Building Design Bureau ‘Iskra’ named after I.I. Kartukov;
    18. Scientific and Production Association 'Strela' Public Joint Stock Company;
    19. Joint Stock Company Center of Research and Technology Services Dinamika;
    20. Joint Stock Company Machine-Building Engineering Office Fakel Named After Akademika P. D. Grushinam;
    21. Khabarovsk Radio Engineering Plant Joint Stock Company;
    22. Mariyskiy Machine-Building Plant Joint Stock Company;
    23. Joint Stock Company Technodinamika;
    24. Joint Stock Company All-Russian Research Institute Signal;
    25. Design Bureau of Special Machine Building Joint Stock Company;
    26. The Special Technology Centre LLC;
    27. Production Association Urals Optical & Mechanical Plant named after Mr. E.S. Yalamov Joint Stock Company;
    28. Electronstandart Russian Research Institute Joint Stock Company;
    29. Joint Stock Company Voronezh Semiconductor Devices Factory Assembly;
    30. Obninsk Research and Production Enterprise Technologiya named after A.G. Romashin;
    31. Joint Stock Company Svetlana Semiconductors; and
    32. Scientific and Production Enterprise Radar MMS Joint Stock Company.
    TBCExport sanctioned goodsThe Australian Government has foreshadowed bans on the export of all machinery and related parts to Russia and areas temporarily under Russian control. DFAT will commence public consultation on the ban, with implementation of the sanctions to shortly follow.
    17 May 2023Asset freeze and travel banThree individuals: Yury Anatolevich CHIKHANCHIN, Maksim Stanislavovich ORESHKIN, and Larissa Igorevna BRYCHYOVA
    Asset freeze21 entities, including subsidiaries of Rosatom involved in nuclear research, infrastructure development and weapons manufacturing, Rosneft (Russia's largest petroleum company), Polyus PJSC (Russia's largest gold company), Severstal PJSC (a major steel company), Defence entities supporting Russia's war, and five Russian Banks.
    30 March 2023Asset freeze and travel ban7 individuals: Ekaterina Borisovna ALTABAEVA, Lidia Aleksandrovna BASOVA, Sergei Andreevich DANILENKO, Yuriy Mikhailovich GOTSANYUK, Vladimir Vladimirovich NEMTSEV, Ekaterina Eduardovna PYRKOVA, and Mikhail Vladimirovich RAZVOZHAEV.
    17 March 2023Asset freeze and travel ban13 individuals: Ghassem Damavandian, Hamidreza Sharifi-Tehrani, Reza Khaki, Majid Reza Niyazi-Angili, Vali Arlanizadeh, Hossein Shamsabadi, Ali Reza Tangsiri, Abualfazl Nazeri, Mohsen Asadi, Mohammad Sadegh Heidari Mousa, Abulfazl Salehnejad, Mohammad Reza Mohammadi, and Abulghasem Valagohar.
    Asset freezeSafiran Airport Services
    23 February 2023Asset freeze and travel ban 90 individuals, including ministers in the energy, natural resources, industry, education, labour, migration, and health sectors.
    Asset freeze40 entities, including various different joint stock companies
    24 January 2023Asset freeze and travel ban

    4 individuals:

    • Yousef Aboutalebi,
    • Abdollah Mehrabi,
    • Hamid Vahedi, and
    • Sayed Hojatollah Qureishi.
    Asset freeze

    4 entities:

    • Design and Manufacturing of Aircraft Engines,
    • Design and Manufacturing of Aircraft Engines,
    • Oje Parvaz Mado Nafar Company, and
    • Paravar Pars Company.
    8 December 2022Magnitsky sanctions: Asset freeze and travel ban7 individuals involved in the attempted assassination of Alexei Navalny.

    Note: these sanctions are not related to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, but has been included for completeness for additional sanctions imposed on Russian designated entities and/or individuals.
    Asset freeze and travel banThree individuals (all connected to Iran's Armed Forces): Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, Saeed Aghajani, Amir Ali Hajizadeh.
    Asset freezeShahed Aviation Industries (responsible for the design and development of Shahed series of Iranian Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) which were supplied to Russia and used by Russia against Ukraine).
    29 September 2022Import sanctioned goodsThe Australian Government has prohibited the import of gold (including gold plated with platinum) in unwrought or in semi manufactured forms, or in powder form, that was exported from Russia.
    Asset freeze and travel ban28 individuals: Aleksandr Yurievich Kobets, Sergey Vladimirovich Eliseev, Konstantin Vladimirovich Ivashchenko, Yevhen Vitaliiovych Balytskyi, Pavlo Ihorovych Filipchuk, Vladimir Valeryevich Rogov, Alexandr Fedorovich Saulenko, Andrei Vladimirovich Shevchik, Kyrylo Sergiyovich Stremousov, Volodymir Vasilyovich Saldo, Serhiy Mikolayovich Cherevko, Tetiana Kuzmich, Vladimir Vladimirovich Ezhikov, Vitaliy Pavlovich Khotsenko, Yuriy Nikolaevich Govtvin, Vladislav Garievich Kuznetsov, Vladimir Aleksandrovich Bespalov, Mikhail Leonidovich Rodikov, Anton Viktorovich Koltsov, Konstantin Anatolevich Chuychenko, Marat Shakirzyanovich Khusnullin, Sergei Vladilenovich Kiriyenko, Andrey Yurevich Lipov, Igor Viktorovich Krasnov, Vladimir Ivanovich Bulavin, Maksut Igorevich Shadayev, Sergey Semenovich Sobyanin, and Aleksandr Dmitrievich Beglov.
    28 June 2022Asset freeze and travel ban16 individuals: Alina Maratovna Kabaeva, Igor Alexandrovich Putin, Mikhail Evgenievich Putin, Roman Igorevich Putin, Yuri Nikolayevich Shamalov, Aleksandr Grigorevich Plekhov, Mikhail Alekseevich Klishin, Sergey Nikolayevich Gorkov, God Semenovich Nisanov, Evgeny Grigorievich Novitsky, Grigory Viktorovich Berezkin, Igor Albertovich Kesaev, Irek Envarovich Faizullin, Vitaly Gennadyevich Savelyev, Dmitry Nikolayevich Patrushev, And Maria Alekseevna Lvova-Belova.
    18 May 2022Asset Freeze12 entities: Internet Research Agency LLC, New Eastern Outlook, Oriental Review, Strategic Culture Foundation, SouthFront, NewsFront, OOO Inforos, United World International, Geopolitica, Odna Rodyna, Journal Kamerton, and Analiticheski Tsentr Katekhon OOO.
    Asset freeze and travel ban11 individuals: Taras Romanovych Kozak, Dmitriy Konstantinovich Kiselyov, Alexey Lvovich Nikolov, Sergey Borisovich Brilev, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Zharov, Mikhail Ilich Yakushev, Mikhail Vladimirovich Leontyev, Alexander Igorevich Kots, Evgeny Poddubny, Aleksandr Yakovlevich Shkolnik, and Dmitry Anatolyevich Steshin.
    Asset Freeze3 entities: Private Military Company “Wagner”, Industrial-Commercial Private Unitary Enterprise Minotor-Service, and OJSC KB Radar-Managing Company of Radar Systems Holding.
    Asset freeze and travel ban4 individuals: Nikolay Vaselyevich BOGDANOVSKY, Aleksandr Petrovich CHUPRIYAN, Illia Volodymyrovych KYVA, and Sergei Borisovich Korolyov.
    4 May 2022Asset freeze and travel ban76 individuals, including members of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.
    Asset freeze and travel ban34 individuals, including various ministers in Luhansk and Donetsk.

    25 April 2022

    (announced on 1 April 2022)

     

    Trade restrictions – increased import tariffs

    (announced 1 April 2022)

    Australia issued a formal notification withdrawing entitlements to the Most-Favoured Nation (MFN) tariff treatment and will, from 25 April 2022, apply an additional tariff of 35% to all imports from Russia and Belarus. This will be in addition to general duty rates that currently apply.

    The Australian government extended the application of a punitive tariff on goods imported from Russia and Belarus until October 2023 (as noted here).

    Import sanctioned goods

    (announced 11 March 2022)

    Certain goods relating to oil, petroleum, coal, and gas will be designated as 'import sanctioned goods' from 25 April 2022.

    A full list can be accessed here.

    21 April 2022Asset freeze and travel ban147 individuals, including senators of the Federal Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, and family members of Vladimir Putin and Sergei Lavrov
    13 April 2022Asset freeze 

    14 entities: Kamaz, Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port, Ruselectronics, United Shipbuilding Corporation, Sevmash, Alrosa, Sovcomflot, Russian Railways, Gazprom, Gazprom Neft, Transneft, Rostelecom, RusHydro, and Gas Industry Insurance Company SOGAZ.

    These sanctions target certain defence related entities, shipping companies, a transportation company, and an electronic component company which is responsible for the production of around 80 per cent of all Russian electronic components.

    7 April 2022

    Asset freeze and travel ban

    67 individuals, including a military official and senior Russian government officials.

    Please note that Alexander Abramov's listing at 103 was updated on 16 September 2022 (as described here).

    Export sanctioned goods (announced on 4 April 2022)The Australian Government has prohibited the export of certain luxury goods to Russia from 7 April 2022, including wine, high value cosmetics, parts for luxury vehicles, tobacco, etc. A full list (including the value thresholds) can be accessed here.
    29 March 2022Magnitsky sanctions: Asset freeze and travel ban 

    14 individuals responsible for the serious corruption Mr Magnistky exposed, and a further 25 individuals that were perpetrators and accomplices of his abuse and death.

    [Note: these sanctions are not related to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, but has been included for completeness for additional sanctions imposed on Russian designated entities and/or individuals.]

    25 March 2022Belarus: Asset freeze and travel ban23 individuals, including the President of Belarus (and his wife and son), certain ministers of defence, and other individuals who have enabled Russia to launch attacks from Belarus.
    Asset freeze and travel ban22 individuals, namely on propagandists and purveyors of disinformation, including senior employees from Russia Today, the Strategic Culture Foundation, InfoRos and NewsFront.
    20 March 2022Export sanctioned goodsThe following are now designated as 'export sanctioned goods': Aluminium ores and concentrates, artificial corundum, other aluminium oxide, and aluminium hydroxide.
    17 March 2022Asset freeze

    11 entities: Sberbank, VTB Bank, Gazprombank, Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs, Rosselkhozbank, Sovcombank, Novikombank, Alfa-Bank, Credit Bank of Moscow, National Wealth Fund of the Russian Federation, and Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation.

    These sanctions target Russian Government entities responsible for issuing and managing Russia's sovereign debt.

    Asset freeze and travel banTwo individuals: Viktor Feixovich Vekselberg and Oleg Vladimirovich Deripaska.
    13 March 2022Asset freeze and travel ban
    33 individuals, including sanctions on Russian oligarchs, prominent business people and their immediate family members.
     7 March 2022Asset freeze and travel ban

    10 individuals: Maria Vladimirovna Zakharova, Vladimir Rudolfovich Solovyov, Konstantin Knyrik, Modest Alexeyevich Kolerov, Yevgeniy Nikolaevich Prilepin, Anton Vyacheslavovich Krasovsky, Arkady Viktorovich Mamontov, Yuriy Anatolyevich Prokofyev, Yuriy Sergeyevich Fedin, and Dmitry Sergeyvich Peskov.

    These sanctions target individuals spreading propaganda and/or disinformation.

    Asset freeze and travel ban
    Six individuals: Nikolay Anatolyevich Yevmenov, Vladimir Lvovich Kasatonov, Igor Vladimirovich Osipov, Oleg Leonydovych Salyukov, Sergei Surovikin, and Sergey Vladimirovich Dronov.
    Asset freeze
    One entity: Armed Forces of the Russian Federation
    2 March 2022Asset freezeSeven entities: Russian Direct Investment Fund, Management Company of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, RVC Management Company, Central Bank of the Russian Federation, EXIAR, Otkritie Bank, and Cetelem Bank.

    28 February 2022 

    (announced, but not yet implemented) 67                                             


    Visa restrictions –"golden passports"

    Introduction of measures to limit the sale of citizenship—so called golden passports—that let wealthy Russians connected to the Russian government become citizens of Western countries and gain access to their financial systems.

    Transatlantic task force

    Establishment of a transatlantic task force that will ensure the effective implementation of financial sanctions by identifying and freezing the assets of sanctioned individuals and companies that exist within relevant jurisdictions.
    27 February 2022Asset freeze and travel ban
    Five individual ministers: Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, Sergei Viktorovich Lavrov, Vladimir Kolokoltsev, Mikhail Vladimirovich Mishustin, and Sergei Kuzhugetovich Shoigu.
    26 February 2022Asset freeze and travel ban
    Seven Belarusian individuals: Viktor Khrenin, Aleksander Volfovich, Dmitry Pantus, Viachaslau Rassalai, Aliaksandr Yauhenavich Shatrou, Aliaksei Ivanavich Rymasheuski, and Aliaksandr Piatrovich Vetsianevich.
    Asset freeze and travel banSix Belarusian entities: State Authority For Military Industry Of The Republic Of Belarus (SAMI), OKB TSP Scientific Production Limited Liability Company (OKB TSP), Oboronnye Initsiativy, Belspetsvneshtechnika (BSVT), Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant (MZKT), and LLC Synesis.
    25 February 2022Asset freeze and travel ban
    339 individuals individual members of Russia State Duma.
    Asset freeze and travel banEight individuals: Denis Aleksandrovich Bortnikov, Vladimir Sergeevich Kiriyenko, Petr Mikhailovich Fradkov, Igor Arkadyevich Rotenberg, Elena Aleksandrovna Georgieva, Yury Borisovich Slyusar, Kirill Nikolayevich Shamalov, and Igor Ivanovich Sechin.
    24 February 2022Asset freeze and travel ban

    Extensions of the Minister's discretion to impose an asset freeze and/or a travel ban on the following class of people:

    1. A person or entity that the Minister is satisfied is, or has been, engaging in an activity or performing a function that is of economic or strategic significance to Russia.
    2. A current or former Minister or senior official of the Russian Government.
    3. An immediate family member of a person mentioned in paragraph (a) or (b).
    Asset freeze and travel banEight individuals: Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev, Yury Yakovlevich Chaika, Aleksander Vladimirovich Gutsan, Igor Anatolyevich Komarov, Anatoly Anatolyevich Seryshev, Igor Olegovich Shchegolev, Viktor Vasilyevich Zolotov, and Vladimir Vladimirovich Yakushev (all part of Russia's security council).
    Asset freezeFour banks: Industrial Savings Bank (IS Bank), Genbank, Black Sea Bank for Development and Reconstruction, and Promsvyazbank.

    Sectoral sanctions - Donetsk and Luhansk regions

    (updated on 28 March 2022 to reflect amendments made)

    On 28 March 2022, references to 'Crimea' and 'Sevastopol' in the Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011 were substituted with 'a specified Ukraine region'.

    Specified Ukraine region will includes Crimea, Donetsk, Luhansk, Sevastopol, and a region of Ukraine specified by the Minister under regulation 3B. The substitution extends the previous sanctions on Crimea and Sevastopol to now also cover Donetsk and Luhansk. These sanctions largely prohibit trade in the transport, energy, telecommunications, and oil, gas and mineral sectors.

    Asset freeze and travel ban25 individuals (including members of the military, and deputy ministers of defence of the Russian Federation).
    Asset freezeFour entities: Tactical Missiles Corporation, Kronshtadt, Rostec, and Rosoboronexport.

    Additional contributors: Luke Thiagarajah

    The information provided is not intended to be a comprehensive review of all developments in the law and practice, or to cover all aspects of those referred to.
    Readers should take legal advice before applying it to specific issues or transactions.

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