Wikidata is the structured data project of the Wikipedia community, providing fact-based information edited by humans and machines.

Wikidata serves as the source of much of the OpenSanctions data related to politically exposed persons (PEPs). We also link up entities that are sanctioned whenever a relevant Wikidata item is available.

The Wikidata importer will also traverse family and personal relationships that are documented in the database and import relatives and close associates whereever these are stated.


There is no attempt to link companies and organizations from sanctions lists to Wikidata, as the way that an encyclopedia describes such legal entities is not granular enough for due diligence use cases.

We also remove any person born before 1900, or who has died before 2000 from the dataset in order to avoid outdated profiles that could lead to false positives.

Data overview

Entity types:
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Publisher:Wikidata non-official source

Wikidata is a free and open knowledge base that can be read and edited by both humans and machines. It acts as central storage for the structured data of its Wikimedia sister projects including Wikipedia, Wikivoyage, Wiktionary, Wikisource, and others.

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Using the API

You can query the data in this dataset via the application programming interface (API) endpoints below. Please read the introduction for documentation and terms of service.

Use the Reconciliation API in OpenRefine:
For full-text search, use the /search endpoint:
For entity matching, use the /match endpoint: