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Grib Diamonds Among Companies Named in Latest Round of Sanctions

Policies & IssuesSep 18, 2023

Grib Diamonds Among Companies Named in Latest Round of Sanctions

Grib is the Belgium-based subsidiary of Russian company JSC AGD Diamonds, which also was sanctioned.

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JSC AGD Diamonds and its Belgian subsidiary, Grib Diamonds, are the latest diamond companies with Russian ties to appear on an OFAC list of sanctioned entities.
Washington, D.C.—Two diamond companies and a Wagner Group official in the Central African Republic with ties to the gold trade are among the entities included in the latest round of Russian sanctions.

On Sept. 14, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced sanctions on more than 100 additional Russian companies and individuals, part of an ongoing effort to cut off Russia’s sources of funding for the war in Ukraine.

In a member alert issued last week, the Jewelers Vigilance Committee noted that two more diamond companies are among the sanctioned entities: JSC AGD Diamonds, also known as AGD Diamonds, and Grib Diamonds.

AGD Diamonds is a diamond exploration, production and mining company that’s based in Russia while Grib Diamonds is its Belgium-based subsidiary.

AGD was designated under Executive Order 14024, which pre-dates the war in Ukraine, for operating in the metals and mining sector of the Russian Federation’s economy. 

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In the alert, JVC reminded members of what it has said repeatedly since the U.S. began sanctioning Russian companies immediately after Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022—they need to understand where their diamonds are coming from. 

The latest member alert stated: “Jewelry businesses are encouraged to continue the risk-evaluation process they have already been undertaking, including using their AML [Anti-Money Laundering]/KYC [Know Your Customer] framework to step back into the supply chain and ensure they fully understand the scope of their diamond sourcing. 

“U.S. businesses should continue to review their sourcing protocols, discuss requirements with suppliers, and evaluate their supply chains using due diligence guidance.”

Also included in this fresh round of sanctions was Russian national Vitalij Victorovich Perfilev, a Wagner Group official currently serving as national security advisor to the president of the Central African Republic.

Perfilev was designated because of his ties to the Wagner Group, the Russian government-based network of mercenaries that already is blocked under E.O. 14024; he has been under sanction by the European Union since June.

The JVC said his designation is germane to the industry because of the links between the Wagner Group and the gold trade in sub-Saharan Africa.

In June, a group of federal agencies made the unusual move of issuing a joint advisory calling attention to “malign actors” like the Wagner Group that continue to exploit vulnerabilities in the gold supply chain there. 

JVC said any jewelry companies that are doing business with AGD Diamonds, Grib Diamonds and/or Perfilev should sever ties immediately. 

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