The US government has been a powerful ally to Ukraine to counter the Russian war. It has led on sanctions; humanitarian and military aid; condemning the invasion; and supporting accountability.
One tool the administration has yet to use is a US Business Advisory for Russia and Belarus. There have been seven business advisories issued by the US government in the past and we would like to see if another one is possible for Russia to ensure the private sector is fully aligned with US government policies. They are often issued by the Departments of State, Commerce, Treasury, and Labor as well as the US Trade Representative. To see how businesses have responded to the invasion, view our analysis.
1. Xinjiang, China: July 1, 2020 (Trump) and updated on July 13, 2021 (Biden)
2. Hong Kong, China: July 16, 2021 (Biden)
3. Cambodia: November 10, 2021 (Biden)
4. Burma/Myanmar: January 26, 2022 (Biden)
6. Gold Sector across sub-Saharan Africa: June 27, 2023 (Biden)
7. South Sudan: August 14, 2023 (Biden)
We are urging the Biden-Harris administration to issue a US Business Advisory for Russia “to inform U.S. businesses, financial institutions, investors, employees, and other relevant parties of the heightened risks associated with continuing to conduct business in Russia, which provides financial flows that the Kremlin is using to wage war and commit unthinkable war crimes in Ukraine,” as well as calling on Congress to support this effort.
* US House: Urge your US Representative to co-sponsor H.Res.274. (Note: US Representatives Adam Schiff, Bill Keating, Brian Fitzpatrick, Dina Titus, Jim McGovern, Jim Costa, and Mike Quigley sent a letter to the administration in support of a Business Advisory.)
* US Senate: Urge your US Senators to introduce and co-sponsor a bill that will be the companion to H.Res.274. (Note: US Senators Sherrod Brown, Dick Durbin, Bob Casey, and Richard Blumenthal sent a letter to the administration in support of a US Business Advisory.)
Coalition of Supporters
The following organizations support a US Business Advisory for Russia and Belarus:
3. Sign our petition calling for a US Business Advisory for Russia and Belarus: MoveOn
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