Worked in the Crimea: U.S. fines Amazon for violation of sanctions against Russia

The company itself admitted to the American Ministry of Finance violations

The American company Amazon will pay more than 134 thousand dollar fine for violating US sanctions against Russia, Syria and Iran. This was announced by the Office of foreign assets control (OFAC) of the U.S. Treasury Department. Clarifies that a retailer, in particular, fined for the supply of goods and services in Russian-occupied Crimea.

“Amazon <…> agreed to pay 134 523 U.S. dollar to settle its potential civil liability for apparent violations of multiple sanctions programs. <…> Amazon has provided goods and services to persons subjected to sanctions OFAC; persons subjected to region or country – the Crimea, Iran and Syria; to persons in foreign missions sanctioned countries”, – stated in the message of the U.S. Treasury.

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It is also reported that Amazon was not informed in time about several hundred transactions that fall under the restrictions of the General licenses OFAC.

But a relatively small amount of a fine to the U.S. Treasury explained that Amazon violations “were not egregious and were voluntarily disclosed by the company”.