The U.S. Department of the Treasury has placed a member of the Russian Duma on its sanctions list of individuals involved in organized international crime.
The Treasury Department said on July 2 that Duma member Adam Sultanovich Delimkhanov acts "for or on behalf of" Gafur Rakhimov, a key member of the Brothers’ Circle, a large multi-ethnic Eurasian criminal network.
The Treasury's action freezes any assets Delimkhanov may have within the jurisdiction of the United States and prohibits any transactions with him by U.S. persons.
The statement gave no further details of Delimkhanov's activities.
But it said the Brothers’ Circle is made up of leaders and senior members of several Eurasian criminal groups largely based in countries of the former Soviet Union and also operating in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.