A former Fox News director who helped a Russian oligarch launch a propaganda network was arrested last month in London on charges that he helped the oligarch dodge sanctions, according to newly unsealed court documents.
Hanick, who left Fox in 2011, spent four years working for sanctioned Russian oligarch Konstantin Malofeyev, who is "closely tied to Russian aggression in Ukraine," the Justice Department said in a news release.
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Malofeyev hired Hanick in 2013 to build a Russian cable news network, according to the DOJ.
The network was called Tsargrad TV and was intended to be a Russian version of Fox News, according to the indictment.
He also traveled to Bulgaria to purchase a TV network on behalf of the oligarch, the DOJ alleged.
Malofeyev, who sought to launch a Russian Orthodox-based news network, is also a proponent of bringing back Russia's monarchy. »