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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced the opening of the first criminal indictment for violating economic sanctions imposed on Vladimir Putin and his associates. Target is American John Hannick, aka Jack Hannick (pictured left), a TV producer who is engaged to Russian oligarch Konstantin Malofeyev (right).

at the request of AmericaHannick, who was a producer at Foxnews, has recently been arrested in London.

According to Damian Williams, Attorney for the Southern District of New York, “Konstantin Malofayev is closely linked to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, determined by OFAC as one of the main sources of funding for promoting Russia-aligned separatist groups operating in the sovereign nation of Ukraine.”,

restrictions of we Against Malofayev Prohibits US citizens from working or doing business with Malofayev. According to Williams, Hanik violated those restrictions by working directly for Malofayev on various television projects for several years. The Russian oligarchy is one of the main actors of Russia’s far right and is related to the western far right.

“The Department of Justice will do everything possible to end Russian aggression and interference”Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s Department of National Security Matthew G. Olsen said.

“As alleged in the indictment, Russian oligarch Konstantin Malofayev was previously sanctioned for threatening Ukraine and providing financial aid to the broken up Donetsk region. Defendant Hanik knowingly chose to help spread his unsettling messages by setting up or attempting to set up TV networks in Russia, Bulgaria and Greece in violation of these sanctions.,

FBI Assistant Director Michael J. Driscoll said that “The sanctions imposed by the United States government are to protect the national interests as well as the interests of allies around the world”,

The prosecutor’s complaint refers to Executive Order 13,660 of 2014, which declared a national emergency in relation to the situation in Ukraine. On 19 December 2014, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) classified Konstantin Malofeyev as a Specially Designated National (SDN).

Malofayev was one of the main sources of funds for promoting separatism in Russia. Crimea and began planning the creation of a new Russian cable television news network (Russian TV Network), which aired in 2015. Hanik went to work for the oligarch and moved to Moscow. He also worked for Malofeyev on a project to establish and manage a Greek television network and acquire a Bulgarian television network.

According to the prosecutor’s office, he could face up to 20 years in prison.

Yesterday, the Attorney General announced the launch of the Kleptocapture Task Force, an inter-agency law enforcement task force to enforce sweeping sanctions, export sanctions and economic countermeasures imposed by the United States in response to Russia’s unprovoked is devoted. Military invasion of Ukraine.

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