Russian Digest 4/6
Top daily stories I'm keeping an eye on
Russian national is charged with violating U.S. sanctions arising from the 2014 Russian undermining of democratic processes and institutions in Ukraine.
According to the indictment, which was unsealed today in the Southern District of New York, Konstantin Malofeyev, 47, of Russia, is charged with conspiracy to violate U.S. sanctions and violations of U.S. sanctions in connection with his hiring of an American citizen, Jack Hanick, to work for him in operating television networks in Russia and Greece and attempting to acquire a television network in Bulgaria. As alleged, Malofeyev also conspired with Hanick and others to illegally transfer a $10 million investment that Malofeyev made in a U.S. bank to a business associate in Greece, in violation of the sanctions blocking Malofeyev’s assets from being transferred. Along with the indictment, the United States issued a seizure warrant for Malofeyev’s U.S. investment. Malofeyev remains at large and is believed to be in Russia. via DOJ
Attorney General Merrick Garland said authorities had also disrupted a type of global malicious computer network known as a "botnet" controlled by a Russian military intelligence agency. via Reuters
Sanctions-dodgers: Kabaeva, Putin's daughters, Tereshkova, and others
Almost 900 people have already been sanctioned by the European Union because of Russia's aggression against Ukraine. However, some politicians and government officials, businessmen close to Putin, and other beneficiaries of the Russian regime have been undeservedly neglected by Europeans. The Insider corrects this mistake. via Insider
Mariupol’s City Council issued a grave statement on Telegram that Russia has begun using mobile crematoriums to erase evidence of its war crimes. The Council warns that Russia’s special brigades collect and burn the bodies of murdered residents. Tens of thousands of civilians may have been killed in Mariupol, it added.
5. Russia continues to lay the groundwork for its potential chemical weapons attack in Ukraine-Latest update