On 29 July, OFAC advised that a number of individuals and entities had been added to its Russia sanctions lists, including Aleksandr Viktorovich Ionov, described as a “co-optee”, a person used to support Kremlin-directed influence operations against the US and its allies and partners. He is linked to Anti-Globalization Movement of Russia (AGMR), whose English-language website claims to be a socio-political movement “against certain aspects of the globalization process” and Ionov Transkontinental which has a footprint in Iran, Venezuela, and Lebanon. Also designated is STOP-Imperialism, an English and Russian-language website that styles itself as a “global information agency”, and which is listed on the AGMR website. OFAC also said that Russia also uses state-sponsored and state-controlled proxy organisations, commonly referred to as “government organised non-governmental organisations” (GONGO) to achieve its goals both inside and outside Russia; and has designated Natalya Valeryevna Burlinova, the founder and president of the Center for Support and Development of Public Initiative Creative Diplomacy (PICREADI, also known as “Creative Diplomacy”), in this regard.
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