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The men who fund terrorism across the globe

Last updated on: July 7, 2011 09:50 IST

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Russia has identified underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and Pakistan-based terror outfits Lashkar-e-Tayiba, Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi as financiers of terrorism through money laundering.

The comprehensive list also recognises Jamaat-ud-Dawa, led by Mumbai terror attack accused Hafiz Saeed, as a cover used by the Lashkar-e-Tayiba.

The list was published on Wednesday by the Russian government daily Rossiiskaya Gazeta, which said the purpose of publishing it was to help banks and the public, because money launderers often use normal channels for their activities.


Image: Dawood Ibrahim
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The first part of the list in English is compiled by the Russian foreign ministry on the basis of United Nations' figures and other data. It includes nearly 600 foreign companies, outfits and individuals.

The second part compiled by the Russian justice ministry identifies 48 organisations and over 1,500 individuals, whose illegal activities against Russia were established in court or whose activities on Russian territory were officially terminated.

This part also names LeT, whose activities were put to an end in Russia and banned by a court order.

Image: JuD chief Hafiz Saeed

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This is the first time Russia has put the comprehensive list of terror financers in the public domain, Rossiiskaya Gazeta writes.

In the case of Dawood Ibrahim, the list has indicted all his known aliases which include Sheikh Dawood Hassan; Abdul Hamid Abdul Aziz; Anis Ibrahim and Daud Ibrahim Memon Kaskar among others.

It has also listed Jamaat-ud-Dawah among the covers used by Lashkar-e-Tayiba for its activities.

The list of individuals and organisations involved in terror and extremism also includes several radical Orthodox Christian and Slavonic sects like 'Vedic Culture of Russian Aryans' and neo-Nazi groups, whose activities have been banned in Russia.


Image: An edition of Rossiiskaya Gazeta

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The list also includes the names of Osama bin Laden, who was killed in a recent operation by United States commandos in Pakistan's Abbottabad, besides former Chechen separatist leader Zelimkhan Yendirbeyev, who was allegedly killed in Dubai by Russian commandos a few years ago.

Rossiiskaya Gazeta explained that the cases against him are still pending in court and no official confirmation of his death has been received by Moscow.

From now on, Russia will regularly update the list, which was last compiled on June 30, 2011, the daily reported.

Image: Zelimkhan Yendirbeyev

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