US Designates Swedish and Russian Nationals as ‘Specially Designated Global Terrorists’

The Biden administration has designated one Swedish and two Russian individuals as a ‘Specially Designated Global Terrorist’ (SDGT) as part of its efforts to combat racially or ethnically motivated violent extremist (REMVE) threats around the world.

In a statement, US Department of State (DOS) spokesperson Ned Price announced the designations of Swedish national Anton Thulin and Russian Nationals Stanislav Shevchuk and Alexander Zhuchovsky.

According to the DOS, Thulin, Shevchuk, and Zhuchovsky were all involved with the Russian Imperial Movement (RIM), which is an “Ultranationalist, white supremacist group based in Russia that provides paramilitary-style training to white supremacists and neo-Nazis.” 

The DOS said that Thulin visited St. Petersburg in 2016 and received RIM paramilitary training, which included bomb-making.

Thulin was later convicted and sentenced to 22 months in jail by a Swedish court in 2017 in connection with the discovery of a strong homemade explosive near a refugee residence center in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Meanwhile, both Shevchuk and Zhuchovsky were designated “For materially assisting, sponsoring, or providing financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, RIM.”

Price said that the rise of REMVE threats globally “Entails violent white supremacists traveling internationally to train and fight with like-minded individuals.”

Under US law, American citizens are forbidden from transacting with SDGTs, whose assets and interests in property under US jurisdiction have been frozen.

“Terrorist designations expose and isolate entities and individuals and prevent them from exploiting the U.S. financial system,” said Price.

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