The U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday sanctioned five key members and associates of the Eurasian crime network the Brother’s Circle.
Treasury officials designated Brothers’ Circle leader Temuri Mirzoyev and Brothers’ Circle members Lasha Shushanashvili, Vladimir Vagin, and Koba Shemazashvili for providing material support to a transnational criminal organization. Additionally, Kakhaber Shushanashvili was designated for acting for or on behalf of his brother, Lasha Shushanashvili.
The sanctions freeze any U.S. assets of the individuals and effectively bar U.S. citizens and companies from doing business with them.
“Today’s designations expose links among these criminals and serve to protect the United States financial system from their illicit activity,” David S. Cohen, under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in a news release.
According to the Treasury Department, the Brothers’ Circle is a multi-ethnic criminal syndicate made up of several Eurasian criminal groups largely based in countries of the former Soviet Union but also operating in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. The Brother’s Circle serves as the groups’ coordinating body.
Mirzoyev has been identified as a crime boss in Russia, the Treasury Department said. He was arrested in September 2006 with other criminal figures during a gathering at a casino in Sochi, Russia. Lasha Shushanashvili was in overall charge of a criminal organization within the Brothers’ Circle. The others sanctioned were key associates within the circle.Share on Facebook