Thought this might be interesting.
Some excerpts: The Crypto Exchange Moving Money for Criminal Gangs, Rich Russians and a Hamas-Linked Terror Group Garantex’s international pipeline helps defy Treasury sanctions by channeling rubles to crypto to dollars. Customers line up with bags of cash. The U.S. last year sanctioned a Moscow-based crypto exchange to stymie Russian efforts to evade the financial blockade imposed after the invasion of Ukraine. A year on, the exchange is booming. Despite its place on the U.S. blacklist, which restricts transactions with sanctioned entities, Garantex has become a major channel through which Russians move funds into and out of the country, according to trading data and people familiar with the firm. It has also been a vehicle for Russian cybercriminals to launder their earnings, U.S. authorities say.
(I know there's a "link" option for creating a post, but I often like a little bit more info before I click on a link, which doesn't seem to be available with a link post).