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According to reports from Russian state news agencies TASS and RIA, Sergei Aleksashenko, a former deputy governor of the Bank of Russia and a deputy finance minister, has been placed on Russia’s interior ministry’s wanted list.
Aleksashenko, known for his criticism of Russia’s involvement in Ukraine, has been living in the United States in exile after disagreements with President Vladimir Putin’s administration. He was previously labeled a “foreign agent” by Russian authorities.
TASS did not reveal the specific criminal charge leading to Aleksashenko’s inclusion on the wanted list. The announcement of his addition to the wanted list comes amidst heightened tensions surrounding Russia’s military actions in Ukraine.
Russian lawmaker Vasily Piskarev, who leads the lower house’s committee on investigating foreign states’ interference in Russia’s internal affairs, recently accused Aleksashenko and Sergei Guriev, an economics professor at France’s Sciences Po, of involvement in designing sanctions against Russia.
This involvement allegedly occurred through their participation in Stanford University’s international working group on Russian sanctions. Piskarev has gone as far as to accuse both economists of committing state treason.