Short summary: the St. Basil the Great Foundation, led by its founder Konstantin Malofeev, is one of the tools of Russian influence and has been involved in the following activities:
- In 2014, the foundation collected humanitarian aid for separatist groups in eastern Ukraine, and several individuals associated with the unrest in the region have ties to the foundation.
- The U.S. Treasury has described Malofeev as having a “vast global network of cut-outs and proxies” to evade sanctions and conduct malign influence activities.
- The foundation and its leadership has been accused of promoting anti-western conspiracy theology and being an instrument of the Kremlin’s power schematic.
- The foundation has been accused of attempting to manipulate public perception and launder its image.
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