The office for foreign assets control of the U.S. justice Department (OFAC) fined the online retailer Amazon for $134, 5 thousand for violation of the sanctions regimes that were imposed against Iran, Syria and Russia-occupied Crimea. About it it is spoken in the statement of OFAC.
According to the Agency, for 2011-2018 years Amazon also sold goods and services to people against whom there are personal sanctions. The total amount of transactions carried out in violation of the sanctions totaled $269 thousand
OFAC notes that the Amazon faced a fine of $1.04 million, but the management considered violations are not substantial and took into consideration that the company reported the irregularities themselves.
Amazon said that the cause of the violations was incorrect operation of the automated system, which checks whether a particular client is under sanctions.
Russia annexed Crimea after the illegal referendum on 16 March 2014. The annexation of Crimea by Russia is not recognised by Ukraine and most countries of the world. In the moment between mainland Ukraine and the Crimea there is an access control regime, and Kiev de facto controls the Peninsula.
In March 2014 the then US President Barack Obama imposed sanctions against Russia, prohibiting American companies from doing business or to invest in the Crimea. In February 2020, the current head of the White house Donald trump has extended the action for another year.