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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Putin Signs Bin Laden Sanctions

President Vladimir Putin signed a decree Wednesday ordering all Russian institutions to freeze accounts, impose an arms embargo and ban travel through Russia by Osama bin Laden, his al-Qaida network, Taliban and their associates.

The decree brings Russia into compliance with two United Nations Security Council resolutions approved in January under which governments must introduce sanctions against bin Laden and people linked to him.

Putin's decree also instructed government agencies to monitor Russian entities' compliance with the sanctions. Afghanistan's Ariana airline as well as cases sanctioned by a special UN Security Council committee are exempt from the ban.

A Kremlin source said the decree does not mean that there are al-Qaida-connected accounts in Russian banks. It was only issued three months after the Security Council resolutions because drawing it up involved many government agencies -- from the Foreign Ministry to the secret services and arms agencies.

"By no means does this imply that there are accounts belonging to al-Qaida or other international terrorist groups here in Russia," the Kremlin official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "Security Council resolutions have been in effect in Russia since their adoption in January. The presidential decree is just an internal legal document, which confirms the measures stipulated by the Security Council for Russian law."

The UN resolution was intended to help the international anti-terror coalition to go after the Taliban and al-Qaida wherever they may be hiding and operating. In Russia, some rebels in Chechnya allegedly received funding, training and other assistance from al-Qaida.

Another case of alleged links between Russia and the al-Qaida involves Russian businessman Viktor Bout, who was accused by Belgium of shipping arms to the Taliban with his private fleet of planes. Bout was in Moscow earlier this year and gave a live interview on Ekho Moskvy. It remains unclear what, if any, action will be taken against him.