On 5 September, Rferl reported this as another example of Russian-linked persons finding legal ways around Washington’s financial restrictions. The article says that a refinery, which is owned by the wife of Viktor Medvedchuk, who heads a political council of a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine, has been selling some of its output this year to an arm of ExxonMobil via a Swiss-registered trader. The products are shipped by tanker from the Black Sea to Houston.
On 1 September, Paul Hastings published an article saying that data published by the UK Government show that contraventions of the Criminal Finances Act 2017 are being actively investigated and that financial institutions are most at risk of prosecution. This means that firms should ensure that policies addressing risks of facilitating tax evasion are up to date and have been implemented effectively.
On 5 September, Eurasia Review reported that the US DoJ has announced a federal criminal complaint charging Michael Robert Solomon, 30, and Benjamin Ryan Teeter, 22, with conspiring and attempting to provide material support to Hamas. It is claimed that they shared the same desire to harm the US, and that they sought to join forces and provide support, including in the form of weapons accessories, to Hamas. The 2 men are said to be members of the Boogaloo Bois, a group that espouses a violent ideology and an objective to overthrow the government.