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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The foundation and its leadership has been accused of promoting anti-western conspiracy theology and being an instrument of the Kremlin’s power schematic.
  4. The foundation has been accused of attempting to manipulate public perception and launder its image.

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