Sanctions list: US Treasury explains replacement of Brothers' Circle members with thieves in law 

Sanctions list: US Treasury explains replacement of Brothers' Circle members with thieves in law

The US Treasury representative noted that “the conflicts in the criminal environment and the actions of law enforcement agencies result in all criminal organizations and the level of threat changing over time.”

The US Department of Treasury explains why it has imposed sanctions against the Eurasian criminal community of thieves in law and removed members of the so-called Brothers' Circle from the very list.

As reported by TASS citing the representative of the US Treasury, the US authorities decided that at this stage, the right thing to do is to concentrate on combating thieves in law from the countries of the former USSR. The US law enforces believe that in recent years, the threat posed by the leaders of the post-Soviet criminal community Brothers' Circle has significantly declined.

Official Spokesman of the US Treasury also stressed that along with new faces (such as gangland businessman Ruben Tatulyan aka Robson), the new version of the sanctions list includes a number of participants of The Brothers' Circle of 2012. The TASS source mentioned “actions in the interests of thieves in law or rendering them material assistance” as the reason for their inclusion.

To recall, according to the official statement of the Federal Department of the Treasury issued yesterday, the US authorities have imposed sanctions on a number of persons and companies, among whom there are seven thieves in law and three businessmen, who had rendered financial assistance to the thieves (according to the Department of the Treasury).

The thieves in law include several persons from the previous Brothers' Circle list, such as Zakhary Kalashov (Shakro Molodoy), Vasily Khristoforov (Vasya Voskres), Kamchibek Kolbaev (Kamchi Bishkeksky), Lasha Shushanashvili (Lasha Rustavsky), Vladislav Leontyev (Vadik Bely), as well as President of the Asian Boxing Federation, Uzbekistani businessman Gafur Rakhimov (Gafur Cherny); there are also some fresh faces.

2017 black list

In 2017, sanctions were introduced against thieves in law Yury Pichugin (Pichuga) and Vladimir Tyurin (Tyurik), as well as gangland entrepreneurs Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov (Tayvanchik) and Ruben Tatulyan (Robson). Two companies affiliated with Ruben Tatulyan also were also subject to the sanctions — Vesna Hotel and SPA and Novyi Vek Media.

According to the department, US citizens are prohibited from doing business with persons on the list, and the thieves’ assets will be frozen (if they are subject of the United States jurisdiction).

It is notable that in addition to including new people in the black list, a number of persons and companies are removed from the previous Brother’s Circle.

Sanctions list of five years ago

Sanctions list of five years ago

The deletions from the list include the nephew of Ded Khasan Temuri Mirzoev (Timur Sverdlovsky), who died in 2014, and Vladimir Vagin aka Vagon, who was sentenced to 7.5 years’ rigorous imprisonment last year in Russia for an attempt on the life of a law enforcement officer. Kyrgyz gangster Almambet Anapiyaev (killed in 2015 in Minsk) and businessman Artur Badalyan, as well as Fasten Tourism – a company registered in the UAE specializing in the reception of tourists from Russia and CIS countries – have been removed from the list. There is no information about other participants of the previous black list on the US Federal Treasury’s website.

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