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.

Kyrgyzstan Wants to Permanently Ban Kyrgyz Service of RFE/RL

Kyrgyz authorities asked a court on Monday to permanently ban Radio Azattyk, the Kyrgyz service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, from the country because the outlet’s description of the Kyrgyz-Tajik conflict is not in line with the government’s narrative.

Prominent Pakistani Lawyer Killed

A prominent Pakistani lawyer and a renowned human rights activist was shot dead by his colleague inside the high court in the north-western city of Peshawar. Police said the assassin believed the victim was involved in the murder of his father.

Canada Charges 3 Linked to $149M Cocaine Bust

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) charged Wednesday three suspected members of a transnational drug trafficking ring linked to a 2022 seizure of 1.5 tonnes of cocaine worth just under CDN$200 million (US$149 million).