A 55-year-old man from the east of the country was arrested on September 27 for allegedly supplying goods to Russia for military purposes. The tax investigation service FIOD announced this on Friday. The man has Dutch and Russian nationality. He is suspected of violating the Sanctions Act . The FIOD tracked down the man after a bank reported it to the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU). Both customs and Europol cooperated in the investigation. After the arrest, the bank accounts and trading stock of the man, who are still in custody, were seized. Supplying goods to Russia violates trade restrictions . They fall under the sanctions package that the EU has adopted against Russia because of the war in Ukraine. The FIOD suspects that the man supplied chips to Russian companies, among other things. Microchips, which are in great short supply in Russia, can be used to produce weapons. At the beginning of September, the Russian armed forces were faced with ammunition shortages. The arrest of the Dutchman proves that the judiciary is increasingly hunting for offenders against sanctions legislation. There are now thirteen criminal investigations into possible offenders, according to a justice spokesperson after reporting by the FD . The spokesperson would not say what violations are involved and who the suspects are. According to the FD, the suspects may be involved in the transport of goods that have been placed on the European blacklist, including vessels and wood. Russian properties Amsterdam Certainly not all offenders of the sanctions legislation are already in the picture at the judiciary. Research by NRC and the Groene Amsterdammer showed this week that billionaire Arkady Volozh – founder of the Russian search engine Yandex – still owns a property in Amsterdam, despite being on the sanction list since June. Finland did froze Volozh’s possessions in that country. In the Netherlands, he managed to circumvent the sanction rules by registering his house in Amsterdam-South in the name of a company in the British Virgin Islands. Minister Wopke Hoeksta (Foreign Affairs, CDA) reported to the House of Representatives this summer that the Dutch real estate market was “barely interesting” for Russian sanctioned persons. No property has yet been seized by the Dutch government under the sanctions. The European sanctions list was expanded again this week. The eighth sanctions package, which the European Union adopted on Thursday , includes a series of new import and export bans. For example, it is now also prohibited to export aircraft parts, semiconductors and transistors to Russia, because they could benefit the Russian army. The provision of architecture and engineering services, IT consultancy services and legal consultancy services to Russia is also no longer allowed. Europeans are also no longer allowed to sit on the boards of Russian state-owned companies. Conversely, Europeans and European companies are no longer allowed to import many products from Russia: steel products, paper and plastic, precious metals, cosmetics and cigarettes are on the black list, among other things. At the same time, a new group of Russians was added to the European sanctions list, including army officials and those involved in the mock referendums in eastern Ukraine. A version of this article also appeared in the newspaper of October 8, 2022