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US Blocks Assets of Charitable Fund Operation in Groznyy, Moscow
By Andrei Sitov

WASHINGTON January 4 (Itar-Tass) -- The US has blocked the assets of the International Charity Fund that operated in Moscow and Grozny, apart from many other parts of the world.

The governmental Federal Register magazine has published the decision, in confirmation to the global character of the terrorist threat with which the world community is confronted these days.

The notification signed by chiefs of the US Treasury Department said the fund had at least two addresses in Moscow - on Azovskaya and Oktyabrskaya streets.

Its precise address in Chechnya's capital Grozny was not cited, nor its whereabouts in Daghestan's capital Makhachkala and Ingushetia's city of Nazran.

The extensive list of other places where terrorist accomplices operated under the front of the "charitable" organization were the US, Canada, Britain, the Netherlands, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Tajikistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, the Gaza Strip, Yemen, Sudan, Bangladesh and China.

The information about the blocking of the fund's assets has been published retrospectively, as the decision came in force on November 18 last year.

The legal basis for it has been the US president's directive of September 2001 issued within days after the terrorist acts in New York and Washington regarding persons who commit, threaten to commit or back terrorist acts.

Under the law, this spells the blocking of all property of such persons and a ban on any operations with it by American organizations.

According to the US government's information, a 123 million dollar worth of assets has been blocked in the world since September 11, 2001, the date of the gruesome terrorist acts in the US.

This work engages, apart the US, more than 165 countries, including Russia.

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