Ionov – President of anti-globalization movement of Russia (AGMR) and calls himself a “human rights activist”. But the federal authorities claim he worked with unnamed members of FSB, Russian security service, successor of Soviet KGB.
The indictment alleges that Ionov used organization recruit dissident groups from the US and encourage them advocate for branch and promote the Russian language points.
“After that, Ionov practiced direction and control over these groups on on behalf of of FSB,” the indictment says. “Ionov also monitored and reported regularly on his activities in the FSB.
Either independently, or under the direction of Ionov, many of The activities of the Black Hammer party gravitated toward the Russian worldview.
group and its erratic leader Gazi Kozo made criticism of foreign policy regarding the Russian invasion central location of their recent social media campaigns calling Ukraine a country of white supremacists and backing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s excuses for the beginning of the war. group speaks regularly for in creation of separate homelands for Black and indigenous peoples as well in 2021 group made a failed trying to establish a connection in Rocky Mountains of Colorado called “Hammer City”.
In addition, Kozo and the Black Hammer Party protested. against COVID-19 Vaccine, announced union with far-right Proud Boys and spread misinformation about the 2020 presidential election.
The indictment does not mention the Black Hammer party, but refers to it as “Political Group USA 2”. black hammer group was not charged in federal business. However, the details are included in indictment including March Facebook protest and career path of Kozo, identified in in the indictment as “Accomplice 5 not charged”, reveals controversial group how one allegedly under the influence of Ionov.
Other group involved in alleged conspiracy – Uhuru Movement, socialist group based on in Tampa, Florida. According to the Tampa Bay Times, federal agents locations there on Friday, including the headquarters of the movement. Down to the ground of party of the Black Hammer, Kozo was secretary general of in Florida group until 2018, when he either left or was expelled.
According to federal authorities, in 2015 Ionov paid for members of Florida group go to Moscow” and for At least next Ionov trained for seven years direction and control over senior members of” group. The indictment alleges that emails sent senior leaders in The Uhuru movement recognized that the Ion organizationAGMR, was “a tool of () Russian government”And what was that”more unlikely” that the Kremlin was using AGMR “use the powers within of USA stitch (sic) division within the United States.” BUT senior member of Uhuru allegedly wrote that the connection between Ionov and the Russian government didn’t interfere us.”
In addition, the indictment alleges that Ionov used these connections to interfere in local elections in Florida supporting and consulting in two-participant Uhuru campaigns for local office in 2017 and 2019. Participation of Ionov in campaigns allegedly impressed members of FSB and one agent of security force wrote to Ionov that “our elections campaign Kind of unique … we first in history?
Uhuru leaders held a press conference on Friday in Florida defends its actions.
“We can have a relationship with whoever we are want make this revolution possible” Erita “Aquila” Kenyon said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “We in support of Russia.”
According to WTSP-TV, Kenion claimed that the indictment was part of of a propaganda war is being waged against Russia.”
“The US has a hold on what is being said about the war on – defensive war is russian defensive war against Ukraine, against world colonial powers because that’s what’s happening right now,” she said.
Black Hammer Party made similar means of protection of Russia invasion of Ukraine. Last month, group held a protest at the State Capitol in Atlanta over USA continuation military assistance to Ukraine by linking money spent on federal mitigation efforts national a lack of of baby formula and rising cost of petrol.
“It’s Biden and his demoncrat party puppets that cause damage”, group wrote on this is website after the protest. “So why should we are upset with Russia or side against Russia in this war? We should be upset with how America treats its people instead!”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution attempted to contact members of Black Hammer Party regarding the indictment, but did not receive reply Friday.
Ionov is accused of influence on the third group in California, which advocated secession from the United States. He was charged with conspiracy to have U.S. citizens act as unlawful agents for Russian government and will be face up up to five years in prison if convicted.
Ionov denied the allegations on his Facebook page on Friday accusing the Department of Justice of using accusation to distract from everyday problems.
“Stop looking for enemies everywhere, no one threatens democracy in your country, except for those people who violate on women’s reproductive rights, create unbearable conditions for migrants and also oppress people on racial grounds! He wrote. “You are now supplying weapons to Ukraine and other countries, you are interfering in interior affairs of Another countries”.
Connections with Moscow just in latest trouble for black hammer group.
Last week Kozo, whose real name is Augustus Claudius Romen Jr., arrested and charged with 11 criminal offenses, including party to crime of false imprisonment, party to crime of kidnapping, party to crime of aggravated assault, criminal street gang activity, criminal conspiracy for the purpose commit felony and aggravated sodomy after SWAT standoff outside in groupcommunal home in Fayetteville. The confrontation ended after the police sent the robot to home as well as found eighteen-year-old man dead apparently of self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Another alleged member of in group, 21-year-old Xavier H. Rashin was charged in Incident with misdemeanor and 10 felonies, including kidnapping, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal street gang activity.
The police said they were responding to house after they received an emergency call from inside from someone claiming to have been kidnapped. Kozo and Rushin in jail in Fayette County on these charges are pending bail hearing in Supreme Court.
group regularly arrested members, though never for blame it seriously. The Black Hammer Party is underway regular “church” meetings in Woodruff Park on Sunday when Kozo and the other members are converted to the faith of the homeless. people a little of who are recruited to raise money for in group. These loud and usually obscene encounters often draw attention. of Atlanta Police and members of in group were arrested for minor charges, including violation of in cityx noise resolution.
Investigative reporter Chris Joyner followed the Black Hammer party. for months, documenting his strange and dangerous behavioras well as his radical ideology. It is reported by AJC in April. on in group, including his ties to Russia and the accused unregistered agent Alexander Ionov. Earlier this month, AJC was among first to report on in groupslinks to the confrontation of special forces in home in Fayetteville where one the participant died by apparent suicide. AJC will continue follow it is important story.