U.S. Blacklists Three in Brothers’ Circle Crime Group

By Dialogo
December 26, 2012

The United States on December 20, blacklisted three individuals connected to the Brothers’ Circle criminal network.

The Treasury Department designation of Zakhariy Kalashov, Almanbet Anapiyaev and Adilet Kasenov freezes any assets they may have within the jurisdiction of the United States and bans US citizens from any transactions with them.

“This action further illuminates the Brothers’ Circle illicit network, and will help squeeze them out of the global financial system and protect the US financial system from the group’s laundering of its criminal proceeds,” said David Cohen, US undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.

The Treasury claims the Brother’s Circle consists of high-level members of several Eurasian criminal groups that are largely based in the former Soviet Union but also operate in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

In December 20 announcement, it described Kalashov as a “key member” of the Brothers’ Circle with “extensive connections” to criminal organizations in Russia and other countries. He was arrested in the United Arab Emirates in 2006 and sentenced to nine years in prison by a Spanish court.

Anapiyaev and Kasenov were targeted for supporting or acting for, or on behalf of, Kamychbek Kolbayev, who was previously blacklisted by the Treasury and is currently in custody in Kyrgyzstan.

Anapiyaev is a former police officer in Kyrgyzstan who was fired for ties to organized crime and is on the country’s most wanted list, according to the Treasury. Kasenov is in Kyrgyz custody.

In July 2011, an executive order from the White House imposed broad sanctions on the Brothers’ Circle, as well as on three other cross-border criminal organizations.