The office for foreign assets control of the U.S. Treasury (OFAC) has made in the sanctions list two Russian citizens, suspected of terrorist activities, said in a statement on the website of the Ministry of Finance of the United States. The list includes 41-year-old native of Chechnya, Aslan Batukaev and 39-year-old native of Tatarstan Ayrat Vahitov.
The inclusion in the sanctions list of OFAC means the freezing of US accounts and a ban on financial management with American companies and citizens.
The commander of a suicide battalion “Riyad as-Saliheen” Batukaev, known as Amir Khamzat, is included in the current list of Rosfinmonitoring, which are individuals in respect of whom there is information about their involvement in extremist activities or terrorism. In June 2015 Batukaev swore banned in Russia “Islamic state”.
Batukaev was the organizer of one of the most ambitious in recent years of militant attacks on Grozny in December 2014. Then the alarm was raised by Russian army units, the city has imposed heavy equipment. The operation was commanded by the head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov.
In turn, Airat Vakhitov, is also known by the name Salman Bulgar, a few years was the Imam of a mosque in Naberezhnye Chelny, and then went to Afghanistan. In 2001, Vakhitov was arrested by the Americans for military action on the Taliban and imprisoned in Guantanamo. As reported by the Turkish newspaper Hurriet, July 5, 2016 Vakhitov was arrested on suspicion of involvement in the bombings at the airport in Istanbul on June 28.