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Russia Is Now the World's Most-Sanctioned Nation

  • Invasion of Ukraine prompted blitz of 2,778 new sanctions
  • Switzerland has enacted the most sanctions against Russia
Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin

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Russia has vaulted past Iran and North Korea to become the world’s most-sanctioned nation in the span of just 10 days following President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

In a surge of action led by the U.S. and European allies starting Feb. 22, Russia became the target of 2,778 new sanctions designations, bringing them to more than 5,530, according to, a global sanctions-tracking database. That surpassed Iran, which has confronted 3,616 sanctions against it over the course of a decade, most for its nuclear program and support of terrorism.