from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2019, Issue No. 38
September 24, 2019

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Persons who threaten democracy in Ukraine also represent a threat to the United States, according to an executive order issued by President Obama following Russia's invasion and seizure of the Crimean region.

In fact, the resulting threat to US national security and foreign policy is so severe as to constitute a "national emergency," said the 2014 Executive Order 13660, which remains in effect. Those who engage in "actions or policies that undermine democratic processes or institutions in Ukraine" may have their assets blocked by the United States.

As of 2017, some 600 individuals and entities had been sanctioned - - mostly Russian and Ukrainian officials, not Americans.

Several more individuals were designated for sanctions this year under the executive order, according to the latest report to Congress from the Secretary of the Treasury. See Periodic Report on the National Emergency with Respect to Ukraine, September 6, 2019.


Noteworthy new and updated publications from the Congressional Research Service include the following.

Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protections: In Brief, updated September 23, 2019:

U.S.-Iran Tensions and Implications for U.S. Policy, updated September 23, 2019:

U.S. Role in the World: Background and Issues for Congress, updated September 23, 2019:

U.N. Peacekeeping Operations in Africa, September 23, 2019:

China's Retaliatory Tariffs on U.S. Agriculture: In Brief, September 24, 2019:

Global Research and Development Expenditures: Fact Sheet, updated September 19, 2019:

U.S. Research and Development Funding and Performance: Fact Sheet, updated September 19, 2019:


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