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In December 2014, the US Treasury Department imposed sanctions on companies operating in the annexed Crimea
U.S. Treasury Department Fines Amazon for Violating Sanctions Related to Russian-annexed Crimea, Iran, and Syria.
In a message on the agency’s website, it is noted that the company was fined $ 134 and a half thousand for violating various sanctions envisaged by the decision of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). In particular, we are talking about the delivery of goods and the provision of services to persons who are subject to sanctions, as well as to persons who were at that time in Crimea, Syria and Iran..
The US Treasury reported that from November 2011 to October 2018, users located in Crimea, Syria and Iran placed orders or did business to provide services and goods to people in these regions through Amazon sites..
According to OFAC, Amazon did not properly verify customer addresses and names due to sanctions. As for Iran, Amazon’s mistake was that the company sent goods not to the Islamic Republic itself, but to its diplomatic missions in other countries..
Amazon pleaded guilty and agreed to pay the imposed fine.
In December 2014, sanctions came into force, which allowed the US Treasury Department to impose restrictions on individuals and companies who operate in the annexed Crimea. In addition, the export, re-export, sale or supply of goods, services and technologies to the peninsula is prohibited..
Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. Kiev and the Western countries consider this violation of international law and imposed sanctions against Russia, which have been repeatedly extended since then.. Moscow calls the annexation of the peninsula “restoration of historical justice”.
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