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U.S. Hits Wagner Group with New Sanctions to Help Ukraine

The U.S. hit Russia’s Wagner Group, a private military company that has been fighting the war in Ukraine, with new sanctions that are now also targeting several individuals and firms linked to what the Department of the Treasury said was a “transnational criminal organization.”

Ex-FBI Agent Accused of Aiding Sanctioned Russian Oligarch

U.S. prosecutors accused a former FBI counterintelligence agent and a court interpreter of attempting to have sanctions against Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska lifted, receiving bribes from him in return for investigating a rival oligarch and then laundering the money, the Department of Justice said on Monday.

US, EU Seize Crypto Exchange Used by Russian Criminals

Police in the United States and in the EU arrested five people and seized their globally operating Hong Kong-registered cryptocurrency exchange Bitzlato because it allegedly facilitated the laundering of large sums of illicit profits and converted them into Russian rubles, a Europol statement said on Monday.