OpenSanctions is a global database of persons and companies of political, criminal, or economic interest. It combines the most important sanctions lists, databases of politically exposed persons, and other public information into a single, easy-to-access dataset.

  • Cross-check leaks and public databases for possible conflicts of interests and signs of illicit activity.
  • Track political conflicts and compare world-wide sanctions policies.
  • Check potential customers and partners in international dealings.


The datasets below are offered under the terms of a CC-BY 4.0 License, which allows free re-use of the data. If you notice any mistakes or inaccuracies in the data, please let us know.

Politically Exposed Persons

Datasets that contain details about politicians, members of cabinet or their families and associates.

World Presidents Database

Current world leaders, presidents, prime ministers and dictators.

CIA World Leaders

An index of most national-level cabinet members in world governments that is publicly maintained by the CIA.

Every Politician

An index of all national members of parliament in the world. This version only includes individuals active within the past 15 years.

EU Members of Parliament

A set of all the members of the European Union parliament, which are elected by member state.

CoE Parliamentary Assembly

The Council of Europe's parliamentary assembly is composed of members of national parliaments from European countries including Turkey and Russia.


Persons wanted in connections with a crime.

GB Insolvency Disqualified Directors

Individuals which have been disqualified from holding the post of a company director in the United Kingdom following a court decision.

INTERPOL Red Notices

International arrest warrants published by INTERPOL with a view to extradition of the wanted individuals.

Sanctions Lists

Offical lists of entities that have been sanctioned by countries or international organisations.

UN Consolidated Sanctions

The Security Council's set of sanctions serve as the foundation for most national sanctions lists.

Swiss SECO Sanctions/Embargoes

Switzerland manages a sanctions lists with a high degree of detail on the individuals that are subject to it's embargoes.

OFAC Consolidated List

Both parts of the United States' consolidated sanctions list, both the specially designated nationals (SDN) and the non-SDN entities published by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

US Denied Persons List

The Bureau of Industry and Security publishes this list of entities which are relevant with regards to export controls.

EEAS Consolidated List

As part of the Common Foreign Security Policy thr European Union publishes a sanctions list that is implemented by all member states.

Kyrgyz FIU National List

A simple list of sanctioned individuals and entities published by the Kyrgyz' State Financial Intelligence Service.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is OpenSanctions?

OpenSanctions brings together sanctions lists, lists of politically exposed persons (PEPs), and parties excluded from government contracts in different countries. It is a list of persons and companies of political, criminal, or economic significance that merit further investigation.

It is meant to be a resource for journalists and civil society who need to perform due diligence-style tasks (e.g. searching for persons of interest in a leak or open dataset).

OpenSanctions is an open project, anyone is invited to use the dataset and contribute additional information.

Where does the data come from?

Our preferred sources are official datasets published by governments all over the world; including commonly used sanctions and ban lists. In the future, we hope to also include information from media reporting, Wikidata and Wikipedia and litigation.

How frequently is OpenSanctions updated?

The data is updated daily and processed in several stages, so there can be delays of up to 72 hours for a new entity to make its way into the master dataset.

Does OpenSanctions only contain sanctions lists?

No, we are just bad at naming things. The project includes sanctions lists, lists of politicians, ban lists used in government procurement, lists of known terrorists and other data sources relevant to journalistic research and due diligence.

Can I contribute a new data source?

Yes! We're particularly keen to add sources that include information from criminal cases, and family and associates of politically exposed persons.

Our data sources are currently set up as independent repositories inside the OpenSanctions organization on GitHub. Please file a ticket with the main repository to suggest a new source and get access to contribute.

Data import scripts are self-running Python scrapers hosted on If you're keen to write or improve scrapers, we'd love your help!