Who is Aleksandr Viktorovich Ionov? Russian puppeteer behind US political groups

Who is Aleksandr Viktorovich Ionov?

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Alexander Viktorovich Ionov (Russian: Александр Викторович Ионов; born December 12, 1989) is a Russian businessman and political figure living in Moscow. He is the head of the Anti-Globalization Movement of Russia (AGMR), which promotes secession movements in countries other than Russia.

 In July 2022, the United States Department of the Treasury imposed sanctions on Ionov and on three groups he is said to lead, including the AGMR.

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Alexander Ionov, who began his political career in 2009 in Russia’s Communist Party youth organization, became president of the Anti-Globalization Movement of Russia (AGMR) in 2011. In 2012, according to the Robert Lansing Institute, Ionov “got the diploma of technical service manager-economist at Moscow State Agro-Engineering University… He obtained his master’s degree in 2014, in vocational education.”

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In 2014, the AGMR hosted a small conference of secessionist groups whose speakers included Michael Hill head of “Southern secession” group the League of the South. Ionov organized a larger conference in 2015, which became the first of several “Dialogue of Nations” events hosted by AGMR that brought representatives of many separatist groups to Moscow. In addition to US and EU secessionist groups, the 2015 event in Moscow’s President hotel included Russian-backed separatists from eastern Ukraine. The 2015 event, billing itself as the International Russian Conservative Forum, was held in St. Petersburg on 22 March 2015.

BBC News described AGMR’s 2016 event as “a conference of Western secession movements,” with representatives from secession-promoting groups based in California, Texas, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and Northern Ireland. Ionov told reporters that the Russian government supported the 2016 conference, contributing 30% of its cost, but denied that Russian government money was paid directly to any Americans.

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The AGMR also provided “Yes California” founder Louis J. Marinelli with office space in Moscow for what The New York Times described as “an ’embassy’ of California in Russia.

Source-Wikipedia