US regime charges ex-FBI agent with violating Russia sanctions

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A former top FBI official is facing criminal charges for allegedly trying to help a Russian oligarch get off a US sanctions list, prosecutors have announced. Charles McGonigal was arrested alongside an ex-Russian diplomat on Saturday. The pair face money laundering and conspiracy charges. Mr McGonigal also faces charges he took $225,000 (£181,612) in cash from a foreign agent while still in the FBI. The two were due in court on Monday. According to federal prosecutors, the 54-year-old Mr McGonigal — who was in charge of FBI counterintelligence in New York before his retirement in 2018 — and former Russian diplomat Sergey Shestakov violated US sanctions by agreeing to provide services to Russian billionaire and industrialist Oleg Deripaska.” (01/23/23)