The Japanese authorities have expanded sanctions against Russia, including companies from Uzbekistan.

Japan’s personal sanctions list includes 35 individuals. 57 organizations from Russia, two from the UAE, one from Syria and two from Uzbekistan have fallen under the export ban, which will come into effect on December 22.

More precisely, restrictions are imposed against Alfa Beta Creative and GFK Logistics Asia. The European Union has previously imposed sanctions on these companies in summer.

According to the information from the USREO (Unified State Register of Enterprises and Organizations) of Uzbekistan, Alfa Beta Creative was registered in Tashkent on June 6, 2022. The registered capital amounted to two million Uzbek soums, with Svetlana Karimovna Khaidari serving as the founder and manager. Currently, the role of manager has transitioned to Oleg Valerievich Grabilin. The primary business activity of the enterprise is focused on the wholesale of other office equipment and machinery.

GFK Logistic Asia was established on March 28, 2018, with a registered capital of 200 million soums. The company provides services in the field of land transportation. The initial founders were Albert Abdusamatovich Shukurov and GFK Logistic Asia, and now Oleg Grabilin and GFK Logistic Asia have also joined them.

In April, the U.S. imposed sanctions on the two Uzbekistani companies. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, the enterprises were trying to circumvent the sanctions by purchasing American goods for the needs of the Russian military and defense industry. The European Union implemented similar restrictions in June.

From January 1, Tokyo will also impose a ban on Russian non-industrial diamond imports. The prohibition will extend to unsorted stones, nonindustrial stones that remain untreated or have undergone only simple sawing or chipping processes.