Sanctions: Bringing the Wagner Group and State Proxies into the CTF Fold

Published by Project CRAAFT


Increasing pressure to designate non-state proxies like the Wagner Group as terrorist entities reflects an eagerness on the part of states to expand counterterrorism financing capabilities that were initially designed to erode jihadist terrorist groups. In his forthcoming Project CRAAFT Research Briefing, Jason Blazakis argues that current financial countermeasures levied against the Wagner Group have been insufficiently implemented and are thus minimally effective in eroding the group’s finances and capabilities. What more should the EU do to ratchet up pressure on this violent non-state proxy group?