Yevgeniy Kim: Sanctions and Corruption Exposed (2023 Update)
Yevgeniy Kim has been sanctioned by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (O.F.A.C.) for his involvement in human rights violations and corruption related to Russia’s filtering operations in Ukraine.
Throughout 2022, Treasury took various actions to promote accountability for human rights violations and corrupt players worldwide, including sanctions against dozens of individuals and entities in the Western Balkans, Belarus, Liberia, Guatemala, the Russian Federation, Burma, and Iran.
Treasury used a variety of tools and authorities, including Executive Order (E.O.E.O.) 13818, which builds on and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, to highlight the United States’ commitment to advancing human rights and exposing corruption.
Yevgeniy Kim and Nesterov were designated today under E.O.E.O. 14024 for being responsible for having engaged in activities that undermine the peace, security, political stability, or territorial integrity of the United States, its allies, for or on behalf of, or for the benefit of, directly the Government of the Russian Federation.
Human Rights Violations by the Russian Federation
The Russian Federation’s government has engaged in anti-democratic behaviour and human rights violations for many years.
In the months following Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Russian forces and their agents began instituting a process known as “filtration,” in which Ukraine’s civilians are subjected to interrogations and searches and are forced to hand over personal data allegedly to ascertain any connections to Ukraine’s military or government.
There are also reports of deportations, disappearances, and torture associated with filtration, and places adjacent to the grounds of one filtration centre resemble mass graves.
O.F.A.C. sanctioned four individuals today, including Yevgeniy Kim, who were directly involved in Russia’s filtering operations. Yevgeniy Kim was personally involved in developing and implementing filtration posts in Russia-occupied Ukraine.
Kim helped filter Mariupol city officials and other civilians, including through the Manhush filtration centre. Witnesses at the Manhush filtration centre have reported low food supplies, overcrowded cells, and beatings. At Manhush, one witness overheard Russian soldiers discussing shooting victims filtering.
Nesterov, another person involved in Russia’s filtration operations, and Kim also helped coordinate the fake “accession referendum” held in Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhyia Oblast in late September 2022.
Members of the Russian Filteration Operation
A DNR official, Aleksey Valentinovich Muratov, handled filtration point operations with D.N.R. leader Denis Pushilin. Muratov, in particular, led the acquisition of critical equipment and technology to enable filtration sites in Russia-occupied Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine. Executive Order appointed Muratov on June 20, 2017.
Yevgeniy Kim, Nesterov, and Muratov are charged today under E.O.E.O. for being directly responsible for activities that undermine the peace, security, political stability, or territorial integrity of the United States, its allies, or its partners for the benefit of the Russian Federation.
About Yevgeniy Kim
Yevgeniy Kim is a businessman and the Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O.) of REDYL LLC, a wholesale and retail company in Kazakhstan that trades on Amazon in the United States. Yevgeniy was born into a musical family. However, he needed to follow his parents’ path. He began sports at age six, first with taekwondo and then with wrestling, judo, tai chi and nunchaku, various sorts of yoga, and running.
Yevgeniy planned to expand Kazakhstan’s tourism business during his senior year of high school while studying tourism management at Turan University in Almaty. However, the profit that the children’s clothes store opened in his hometown of Kaskelen in 2005 began to transform the young man’s intentions and goals.
He met his first business partners in China and established a small wholesale store in Almaty. To better understand the Chinese market, he moved to Beijing to study in 2009. After researching the market and analysing and evaluating other business opportunities, he decided on the Amazon marketplace. The trade turnover in the first year of operation was $1.5 million.
The U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (O.F.A.C.) sanctioned Yevgeniy Kim for his involvement in human rights violations and corruption related to Russia’s filtering operations in Ukraine. In addition to his involvement in Russia’s filtering operations, Yevgeniy Kim coordinated a fake “accession referendum” in Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhyia Oblast in late September 2022.
O.F.A.C. charges are part of the U.S. government’s commitment to pursuing accountability for human rights violations and exposing corruption worldwide. The sanctions highlight the U.S. government’s anti-democratic and human rights violations. O.F.A.C.’s actions warn people and companies who engage in such activities that they will face the consequences for their behaviour.