(JAN 27, 2018) WBAN is
publishing this press release from the US Treasury Dept, United
States, in regards to Gafur Rakhimov who was recently appointed
interim president of Olympic boxing's governing body.
2/23/2012 - PRESS RELEASE
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today
designated seven key members and associates of the Brothers'
Circle crime syndicate as well as the largest group within the
Japanese Yakuza, the Yamaguchi-gumi, and two Yamaguchi-gumi
leaders. These are the first designations by Treasury pursuant
to Executive Order (E.O.) 13581, which President Obama issued in
2011 to target and disrupt significant transnational criminal
President Obama identified the Brothers' Circle and the Yakuza
as significant TCOs in the Annex to E.O. 13581 (Blocking
Property of Transnational Criminal Organizations) of July 24,
2011, and charged the Treasury Department with pursuing
additional sanctions against their members and supporters.
Drawing on this authority, the Treasury Department today is
identifying key members and associates of these transnational
organized criminal networks, freezing any assets the designated
persons may have within the jurisdiction of the United States
and prohibiting any transactions with them by U.S. persons.
"Today's action casts a spotlight on key members of criminal
organizations that have engaged in a wide range of serious
crimes across the globe," said David S. Cohen, Treasury Under
Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. "We will
continue to work with our international partners to target those
who deal in violence, narcotics, money laundering, and the
exploitation of women and children. Today's designations are
just the first under our new our sanctions authority to target
transnational criminal organizations and isolate them from the
global financial system."
THE BROTHERS' CIRCLE
The Brothers' Circle (f.k.a. Family of Eleven; f.k.a. The
Twenty) is a multi-ethnic criminal group composed of leaders and
senior members of several Eurasian criminal groups largely based
in countries of the former Soviet Union but operating in Europe,
the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. The Brothers' Circle
serves as a coordinating body for several criminal networks,
mediating disputes between the individual criminal networks and
directing member criminal activity globally.
The individuals designated today represent criminal syndicates
that operate throughout Eurasia and the Gulf, specifically
within Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Russia and the United Arab
Emirates (UAE). They include key Brothers' Circle members
Vladislav Leontyev, Vasiliy Khristoforov, Kamchybek Kolbayev and
Gafur Rakhimov. Lazar Shaybazyan, Aleksandr Manuylov and Aleksey
Zaytsev are designated today based on their support to Vladislav
Leontyev. Several of these individuals reside in Dubai, UAE.
Two key Brothers' Circle members, Vladislav Leontyev and Vasiliy
Khristoforov, are targeted today for acting for or on behalf of
the Brothers' Circle. Both have been involved in criminal
activities, including narcotics trafficking, and were involved
in a shooting between regional factions within Russian organized
criminal networks over an attempt to seize control of a local
precious metals enterprise. Leontyev is currently wanted by
Russian authorities for illegal transactions involving precious
metals and narcotics.
Kamchybek Kolbayev acts for or on behalf of the Brothers' Circle
by serving as the Brothers' Circle "overseer" for its Central
Asian activities, including narcotics trafficking. In June 2011,
President Obama identified Kolbayev as a significant foreign
narcotics trafficker under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin
Designation Act. Kolbayev is wanted in Kyrgyzstan for organized
crimes and crimes involving the use of weapons/explosives, and
As a key member of the Brothers' Circle, Gafur Rakhimov acts for
or on behalf of the Brothers' Circle. Rakhimov is one of the
leaders of Uzbek organized crime with a specialty in the
organized production of drugs in the countries of Central Asia.
He has operated major international drug syndicates involving
the trafficking of heroin.
Aleksey Zaytsev, who acts for or on behalf of the Brothers'
Circle key member Vladislav Leontyev, is involved in fraud and a
variety of other such activities as fraud, including his 2008
participation in a financial pyramid scheme involving the St.
Petersburg-based Business Club Rubin.
Lazar Shaybazyan and Aleksandr Manuylov also act for or on
behalf of, Brothers' Circle key member Vladislav Leontyev.
The Yakuza (a.k.a. Boryokudan; a.k.a. Gokudo) was listed in the
Annex to E.O. 13581 for its involvement in serious criminal
activities, including weapons trafficking, prostitution, human
trafficking, drug trafficking, fraud and money laundering. The
Yamaguchi-gumi is the largest and most prominent of the Yakuza's
crime families, and is being designated today for acting for or
on behalf of the Yakuza. The Yamaguchi-gumi has a pyramid
structure with a kumicho ("godfather") at the top. Today's
action also imposes sanctions on Kenichi Shinoda, the Yamaguchi-gumi
kumicho since August 2005, as well as the Yamaguchi-gumi's
wakagashira ("deputy godfather"), Kiyoshi Takayama, both for
acting for or on behalf of Yamaguchi-gumi.
As leaders of the Yamaguchi-gumi crime syndicate, both Shinoda
and Takayama play key roles in directing the syndicate's
policies and settling disputes with other Yakuza syndicates. The
Yamaguchi-gumi is involved in criminal endeavors in Japan and
abroad, including drug trafficking, human trafficking,
extortion, prostitution, fraud and money laundering. The
Yamaguchi-gumi is estimated to generate billions of dollars
annually in illicit proceeds.
Today's action is designed to protect the integrity of the U.S.
financial system, to prevent U.S. financial institutions from
being used unwittingly to facilitate the unlawful activities of
these groups, and to deny the named individuals and entity
access to the U.S. economy.
KHRISTOFOROV, Vasily Alexandrovich (a.k.a. KHRISTOFOROV, Vasiliy;
a.k.a. "VASYA"; a.k.a. "VOSKRES"), Murjan 6 Sector, Tower
D01-T03.1, Apartment 401, Dubai 39409, United Arab Emirates; DOB
12 Mar 1972; POB Gorky Oblast, Russia; National ID No. 76481815
(United Arab Emirates); Passport 63-7186356 (Russia)
KOLBAYEV, Kamchybek Asanbekovich (a.k.a. KOLBAEV, Kamchibek;
a.k.a. KOLBAYEV, Kamchy; a.k.a. KOLBAYEV, Kamchi; a.k.a.
KOLBAYEV, Kamchibek; a.k.a. "KAMCHI BISHKEKSKIY"; a.k.a. "KOLYA-BISHKEKSKIY";
a.k.a. "KOLYA-KYRGYZ"), Bahar 1 Sector, C09-T02 Tower, Apartment
3203, Dubai 31672, United Arab Emirates; Volokolamskoye Shosse,
House 15/22, Moscow, Russia; DOB 3 Aug 1974; alt. DOB 1 Jan
1973; POB Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan; citizen Kyrgyzstan; Passport
A0832532 (Kyrgyzstan) expires 17 Mar 2009 (individual) [SDNTK] [TCO]
LEONTYEV, Vladislav Vladimirovich (a.k.a. LEONTIEV, Vladislav;
a.k.a. LEONTIEV, Vlantislav; a.k.a. LEONTYEV, Vyacheslav; a.k.a.
LEONTYEV, Vadim; a.k.a. LEONTYEV, Vadik; a.k.a. "BELOBRYSYY";
a.k.a. "BELYY"), Al-Fattan Building, Dubai, United Arab
Emirates; DOB 5 Jul 1971; POB Gorky, Russia; alt. POB Caracas,
Venezuela; National ID No. 60229551 (United Arab Emirates);
Passport AB4065216 (Greece); alt. Passport H2214925 (Ghana);
alt. Passport C1602418 (Venezuela) (individual) [TCO]
MANUYLOV, Aleksandr Leonidovich (a.k.a. MANUILOV, Alexander;
a.k.a. MANUYLOV, Alexander; a.k.a. "SASHA SAMARSKIY"); DOB 3 Mar
1962; POB Russia; Passport 3056306 (Russia) (individual) [TCO]
RAKHIMOV, Gafur Akhmedovich (a.k.a. RAKHIMOV, Gofur-Arslonbek;
a.k.a. RAKHIMOV, Gafur-Arslanbek Akhmedovich), The Meadows,
Villa Number 64, Sheikh Zayed Road, near Emirates Hills, Dubai,
United Arab Emirates; DOB 22 Jul 1951; POB Tashkent, Uzbekistan;
National ID No. 03101200302034752 (United Arab Emirates);
Passport CA1804389 (Uzbekistan); alt. Passport CA1890392
(Uzbekistan) (individual) [TCO]
SHAYBAZIAN, Lazar Gurgenovich (a.k.a. SHAYBAZYAN, Lazar); DOB 1
Apr 1966; Passport CA2485930 (Uzbekistan); alt. Passport
CA2179793 (Uzbekistan) (individual) [TCO]
SHINODA, Kenichi (a.k.a. TSUKASA, Shinobu); DOB 25 Jan 1942; POB
Oita Kyushu, Japan (individual) [TCO]
TAKAYAMA, Kiyoshi ; DOB 5 Sep 1947; POB Tsushimasi, Aichi
Prefecture, Japan (individual) [TCO]
ZAYTSEV, Aleksey Alekseyevich (a.k.a. ZAITSEV, Alexei; a.k.a.
ZAYTSEV, Alexey); DOB 7 Sep 1965; POB Leningrad, Russia;
National ID No. 74914883 (United Arab Emirates); Passport
63-4604880 (Russia); alt. Passport 4103417473 (Russia); alt.
Passport H2029462 (Ghana) (individual) [TCO]
YAMAGUCHI-GUMI (a.k.a. ROKUDAIME YAMAGUCHI-GUMI; a.k.a. SIXTH
YAMAGUCHI-GUMI), 4-3-1 Shinohara-honmachi, Nada-Ku, Kobe City,
Hyogo, Japan [TCO]