The former Fox News producer was arrested for dodging sanctions to help Russia.

A former FOX News producer has been “quietly arrested” in London. The DOJ revealed that Jack Hanick dodged US sanctions against Konstantin Malofeyev. Hanick helped this Putin oligarch launch a right-wing TV show called Tsargrad TV. Hanick modeled Tsargrad after Fox News. The DOJ wants to extradite Hanick from London to New York.

Malofeyev is a villain and worthy of the penalties and more. One of his disgusting acts was when he funded the Ukrainian separatists who eventually shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, separatists fired on the plane that exploded and crashed in eastern Ukraine in July 2014.

Jose Pagliery writes in the Daily Beast.

As the US increasingly cracks down on some of the Kremlin’s business tentacles, the latest person arrested for violating US sanctions on Russia is a former Fox News executive who left to start a Russian propaganda network .

The Ministry of Justice revealed on Thursday that Jack Hanick was quietly arrested in London on February 3 for dodging US sanctions by helping a sanctioned Russian oligarch, Konstantin Malofeyev, start his right-wing TV Tsargrad.

The DOJ simultaneously unsealed a grand jury indictment against him, accusing Hanick of knowingly entering into a business relationship with Malofeyev, who had been officially sanctioned by the US government for his role in financing soldiers supported by the Russia in eastern Ukraine who have violently attempted to break away from the democratic country since 2014.

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Malofeyev was sanctioned in December 2014 by the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control for funding separatists in the Donbass region of southeastern Ukraine.

Russian-aligned fighters operated there with the not-so-secret help of that country’s military and used that government’s weapons when they shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, killing 283 passengers and 15 crew members. ‘crew.

Malofeyev (also spelled in the West as Malofeev) started an Orthodox Christian network called Tsargrad TV. In 2020, he launched a right-wing political group of the same name in Russia with an imperialist bent that, much like the National Rifle Association does in the United States, would pressure politicians to toe the conservative line.

In a 2013 article, Media Matters described Jack Hanick as a vicious and rabid homophobe who actively campaigned for harsh measures against LGBT people in Russia.

Right Wing Watch reported on October 3 that a gathering of international right-wing activists traveled to Moscow in June to support the Russian government’s campaign to restore “traditional values,” an effort that has gained international visibility. after the passage of laws prohibiting the dissemination of “gay propaganda” and the adoption of children by same-sex couples and families from LGBT-friendly countries. Among the participants in a panel discussion titled “Traditional Values: The Future of European Peoples” was longtime Fox News employee Jack Hanick:

Russian reports mention that a man named Jack Hanick was also present to give the American point of view. On his LinkedIn page and in interviews, Hanick describes himself as a founding employee of Fox News, who worked there for 15 years as its chief information officer. Fox News confirmed that Hanick was an employee from 1996 to 2011 where he worked in “a production role dealing with the visual aspects of the show” rather than an “editorial capacity”.

Hanick told the roundtable that God called Russia to “defend traditional values.”

Right Wing Watch further noted that Hanick told a Russian magazine in August that he admired Russia’s increasingly theocratic state. The Russian Orthodox Church has often colluded with President Vladimir Putin — and provided crucial support for the country’s anti-gay laws — and Hanick thinks the United States has much to learn from that model.

You never know what happens when you flip a rock.