Imposing Sanctions and Visa Restrictions on Individuals and Entities Russia to Promote Accountability for Forced Transfer and Deportation of Children

Today, on Ukrainian Independence Day, the United States is taking additional actions against entities and individuals, including those connected to human rights violations and abuses committed since Russia’s invasion.

The Department of State is imposing sanctions on two entities and 11 individuals for their roles in the forcible transfer and deportation of Ukraine’s children to camps promoting indoctrination in Russia and Russia-occupied Crimea and who have imposed Russian indoctrination curriculums in those regions of Ukraine.

Additionally, the Department of State is taking steps to impose visa restrictions on three Russia-installed officials for their involvement in human rights abuses of Ukrainian civilian minors, in connection with the forced deportation, transfer, and confinement of Ukraine’s children.

With these actions, the United States continues to demonstrate its commitment to promoting accountability for the atrocities and other abuses inflicted by Russia on the people of Ukraine.

Today’s sanctions actions are being taken pursuant to Executive Order 14024, which authorizes sanctions with respect to specified harmful foreign activities of the Government of the Russian Federation.  Additional actions are pursuant to a visa restriction policy under Section 212(a)(3)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which authorizes the Secretary of State to restrict visa issuance to Russian Federation military officials and Russia-backed or Russia-installed purported officials  who are believed to have been involved in human rights abuses, violations of international humanitarian law, or public corruption in Ukraine.

For more information about today’s actions, see State Department fact sheet.  For more information about Russia’s deportation of Ukrainian children, see the Global Engagement Center’s report.