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WASHINGTON (Reuters] – Andrew Adams will be leading the Justice Department’s newly formed task force aimed to target Russian oligarchs. Adams is a New York City veteran federal prosecutor who has handled cases involving Russian organized criminal groups.

Garland stated that “Together, with our federal-international partners, we will not leave any stone unturned in pursuing our efforts to investigate and arrest those whose criminal actions enable the Russian government continue its unjust war on Ukraine,” Garland told the American Bar Institute’s National Institute on White Collar Crime.

Garland announced his decision one day following the unveiling of details regarding the newly created task force called “KleptoCapture”, which was tasked to investigate and prosecute sanctions violations. To seize unlawful assets, it will pursue civil and criminal forfeitures.

This task force’s name refers to the term “kleptocracy”, which is a society in which leaders use their wealth and power at the expense or those they govern.

Adams will lead the task force. He joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (in 2013) and served as the lead prosecutor in several cases involving asset forfeiture or organized crime.

Adams was part of a 2015 team that recovered the rare Stradivarius violin, which had been stolen from it in 1980. Razhden Shulya was charged with running a Russian criminal syndicate, which sold stolen jewels and rigged casino slots in Atlantic City and Las Vegas. He also led prosecution of Adams.

Shulaya, a Russian “vorv.zakone”, (or “thief–in-law”) was sentenced to 45 year imprisonment at his racketeering trials.

According to Adams’ LinkedIn profile, Adams was appointed co-chief for the Money Laundering and Transnational Criminal Enterprises units in late 2018.

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