The Wagner Group, Sanctions, and Countering Terrorism Finance: CTF Online Symposium 12

30 March 2023
14:00 - 15:00

Join RUSI Europe and the team behind Project CRAAFT (Collaboration, Research and Analysis Against the Financing of Terrorism) for a live webinar on the future utility of targeted financial sanctions in opposing the Wagner Group and other non-state proxies.



In this CTF Online Symposium, Stephen Reimer of the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies will be joined by Jason Blazakis from the Soufan Center in New York to discuss the effectiveness of targeted financial sanctions as a financial countermeasure to the Wagner Group, a powerful non-state proxy of the Russian state.

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 new Project CRAAFT Research Briefing, 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?

Speaker’s biography

Jason Blazakis is a professor at the Middlebury Institute, director of its Centre on Terrorism, Extremism and Counterterrorism, and also a Senior Research Fellow with the Soufan Center in New York.

How to attend

This event is open to all. To take part, you must register to attend by 29 March by submitting the registration form linked on this page. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Please note that only participants joining us online will be able to submit questions during the webinar. The webinar, including Q&A, will be recorded and published on the Project CRAAFT website.

For any questions regarding the event, please email Elena Platon at

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