US authorities indicted a number of Russian and Syrian nationals on Tuesday for alleged money laundering and circumvention of US economic sanctions against Syria and Crimea through the use of front companies and falsified documents, the Justice Department announced.
The US Treasury on Thursday sanctioned 37 people and entitieslinked to Russia and Ukraine – including companies connected to a bridge championed by President Vladimir Putin – in an effort to beat the busting of sanctions imposed on Russia after it annexed Crimea in 2014.
After Russian troops occupied the Crimean peninsula two years ago, the Kyiv government moved to block trade at all commercial ports—a move that was later supported by the European Union (EU), the US, and other countries.
A bank in Crimea lost its banking licence today over repeated violations of an anti-money laundering law.
Russian authorities are investigating the head of the Crimean department of tax, Nikolai Kochanov, over allegations of bribery.
Evgeny DvoskinSome of the first banks that streamed into Crimea after Russia wrested control of the region from Ukraine in 2014 were better known for laundering money than banking.
Only one in seven people in the world live in a place where coverage of politics in the media is robust and journalists can work without legal and economic problems, according to a report released by Freedom House today.
An ally of the former President Yanukovych, Oleg Kalashnikov, was found dead at his home in Kiev on Wednesday evening.
A journalist from the Crimean Center for Investigative Reporting was reportedly detained by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) in Simferopol, Crimea, this morning.
Freedom House released its world freedom report on Jan. 28, declaring that civil liberties have seen a global decline for the ninth year in a row.
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