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The US declares the Wagner Group to be a criminal organisation.

The United States Department of the Treasury has labeled Russia’s Wagner Group a criminal organization.

The Wagner Group is a private military company (PMC) founded and allegedly funded by Russian businessman and oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin. The Wagner Group has been accused of involvement in numerous conflicts including Ukraine, Syria, and Africa. The Department of the Treasury said the group had been “engaging in a wide range of malign activities around the world,” including interference in foreign elections and other destabilizing activities.

The designation bars any US citizens or businesses from doing business with the group and freezes any assets the group may have in US jurisdiction.