“The Justice Department will use every available tool to find you,” Attorney General Merrick Garland promised on Wednesday as he announced the unsealing of an indictment against a Russian oligarch accused of sanction violations, after being identified as “one of the main sources of financing” for Russians pushing Crimean separatism, and a significant provider of “material support for the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic.”
Watch below as Garland warns Russian oligarch Konstantin Malofeev that trying to hide out or run on his yacht won’t save him, because the Justice Department of the United States is coming after him with every tool they have. He describes Malofeev trying to dodge sanctions “by using co-conspirators to acquire and run media outlets across Europe,” and notes that a significant account in a U.S. financial institution is also being seized due to connections with Malofeev.
AG Garland: "It does not matter how far your sail your yacht, it does not matter how well you conceal your assets, it does not matter how cleverly you write your malware or hide your online activity, the Justice Department will use every available tool to find you…" pic.twitter.com/GYG2V2TWhf
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That Malofeev was tied to media organizations despite sanctions has come up for the Justice Department before — as the New York Times reported last month, a former producer for Fox News John Hanick, was arrested in London earlier this year. He was charged with sanctions violations, as he was accused of being in the employ of Malofeev, working on his behalf to develop media outlets in Russia, Greece, and Bulgaria among others.
“Mr. Hanick, who was with Fox News at its inception and spent 15 years at the network before leaving in 2011, is charged in the indictment with one count of violating sanctions and another of lying to F.B.I. agents who interviewed him last year.”
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