On Friday the US Senate passed the so-called US Omnibus Spending Bill, which if enacted would impose measures that bar federal agencies from engaging with Russia, and imposes a number of Russia sanctions. The Bill says funding should “not be used for officials of the central government of Russia or to support any countries that back the annexation of Crimea, and directs Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to push Americans on financial boards to prohibit funds going to programs supportive of Russia’s annexation. A section entitled “countering Russian Influence and Aggression” prohibits federal money to the Russian government and approves $250 million to the Countering Russian Influence Fund, a program that works to boost the “capacity of law enforcement and security forces in country in Europe and Eurasia” and to deepen links with “anti Russia allies” of the USA.
Maya Lester QC is a senior barrister (Queen’s Counsel) at Brick Court Chambers with a wide-ranging practice in public law, European law, competition law, international law, human rights & civil liberties. She has a particular expertise in sanctions. The legal directories say she is the...See profile for Maya Lester QC >