Section 231 of CAATSA

Section 231 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017

Section 231 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (“CAATSA,” or “the Act”) (Pub. L. 115-44,) was enacted on August 2, 2017. The Act states that the President shall impose five or more of the sanctions described in Section 235 of the Act with respect to a person the President determines knowingly, on or after such date of enactment, engages in a significant transaction with a person that is part of, or operates for or on behalf of, the defense or intelligence sectors of the Government of the Russian Federation. The President delegated to the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury, the authority to implement Section 231 on September 29, 2017.

The Secretary of State has determined that the following persons are part of, or operate for or on behalf of, the defense or intelligence sectors of the Government of the Russian Federation for the purposes of CAATSA Section 231.

On September 20th, 2018, to facilitate implementation of CAATSA, the President also issued Executive Order “Authorizing the Implementation of Certain Sanctions Set Forth in the Countering Americas Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.”

For additional guidance on implementation of Section 231, see the following: Public Guidance/FAQ.

If you have additional questions, please contact RussiaSection231Sanctions@state.gov.


Releases

09/20/18 Previewing Sanctions Under Section 231 of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017 (CAATSA) ; Via Teleconference
09/20/18 Sanctions Under Section 231 of the Countering America's Adversaries Through  Sanctions Act of 2017 (CAATSA);  Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert; Washington, DC
09/20/18 CAATSA Section 231: "Addition of 33 Entities and Individuals to the List of Specified Persons and Imposition of Sanctions on the Equipment Development Department"; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
08/21/18 Implementing CAATSA Section 231 Diplomacy;  Assistant Secretary Christopher Ashley Ford, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation; Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Washington, DC
01/30/18 Background Briefing on the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) Section 231; Via Teleconference


UPDATES

09/20/18 The Public Guidance/FAQ page was updated: a new FAQ was added and all the FAQs were numbered. Future FAQs will be added to the list sequentially.

09/20/18 Thirty-three names were added to the list specifying persons that are part of, or operate for or on behalf of, the defense or intelligence sectors of the Government of the Russian Federation for the purposes of CAATSA Section 231: three names were added to the Defense Sector List and 30 names were added to the Intelligence Sector list. These were added alphabetically, and the date of addition of each person to the list is indicated in the second column next to that person’s name. Please see the Fact Sheet dated 09/20/2018 for the specific names added on this date.