U.S. Puts Sanctions on Men Tied to Russian Ultranationalist Group

 

By Arshad Mohammed and Daphne Psaledakis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States imposed sanctions on Wednesday on two males linked to a Russian “ethnically motivated violent extremist group,” one among whom visited the United States to join with far-right teams whereas the opposite funded pro-Russian fighters within the Donbas.

The U.S. Treasury mentioned it focused Stanislav Shevchuk, a Europe-based Ukrainian who served as a consultant of the Russian Imperial Movement (RIM) and who traveled to the United States in 2017 looking for connections with “extremist” teams.

It named the opposite man as Alexander Zhuchkovsky, a Russian who has used a Russia-based social media platform to fundraise and recruit for RIM, which the Treasury described as an “extremist” group that was itself sanctioned by the U.S. State Department in 2020 for having offered coaching for acts of terrorism.

Zhuchkovsky has raised over 200 million roubles since 2014 to buy weapons and navy tools for RIM and different pro-Russian fighters within the Donbas space in Ukraine and facilitated the journey of RIM fighters to the area, the Treasury mentioned.

 

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Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, Zhuchkovsky has stored utilizing his social media accounts and on-line fee strategies to purchase navy tools and provides for Russian fighters finishing up the invasion and preventing within the Donbas, it added.

The Treasury described its naming of the 2 males as “specifically designated international terrorists” as a part of an effort to go after “racially and ethnically motivated violent extremist” teams that attain out to folks within the United States.

After failing to take Ukraine’s capital Kyiv in March, Russia has centered its assault on the Donbas, an japanese area of Ukraine made up of the Luhansk and Donetsk provinces the place Moscow has supported pro-Russian separatists.

“The Russian Imperial Movement has sought to elevate and transfer funds utilizing the worldwide monetary system with the intent of constructing a world community of violent teams that foster

extremist views and subvert democratic processes,” Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson mentioned in a Treasury assertion.

The Treasury mentioned it additionally imposed sanctions on Swede Anton Thulin for his pursuit of terrorist coaching even after serving his jail sentence for his 2017 assaults in Sweden, which it mentioned confirmed he continues to be a terrorism menace.

All property and pursuits in property of the three males that fall beneath U.S. jurisdiction are blocked and people who take care of them might also be sanctioned beneath some circumstances.

(Reporting by Daphne Psaledakis in Washington and by Arshad Mohammed in Saint Paul, Minn. Additional Reporting by Susan Heavey; Writing by Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Doina Chiacu, Chizu Nomiyama, Alexandra Hudson)

Copyright 2022 Thomson Reuters.


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